UT trustees support formation of Human Trafficking and Social Justice InstituteWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
The University of Toledo Board of Trustees voted unanimously Nov. 17 to support the development of a Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute. The UT Foundation has committed to raising a $3 million endowment to ensure the permanence of the institute.
Several elected officials and community leaders presented a proposal during a board of trustees meeting.
UT Interim President Nagi Naganathan said during his Oct. 29 State of the University address that he planned to request approval for the center, which would provide “university-level education, outreach and research to respond to the global challenge of human trafficking,” according to a news release from UT.
Officials said the institute would bring together UT faculty from many departments along with collaborators at other institutions to address human trafficking and provide a means for public officials, law enforcement agencies, and the public to obtain information, according to the release.
State Rep. Teresa Fedor also addressed the board at the meeting.
“It was an honor to address members of the University of Toledo’s Board of Trustees,” Fedor said in a news release. “The Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute will build on the landmark research and prestigious work of UT Professor Dr. Celia Williamson, and it will have a profound impact, not just locally, but worldwide. As the only one of its kind, the work of this institute will go a long way towards rescuing and restoring victims, as well as aiding in the prosecution of the criminals.”