A Wilkes-Barre native now working as a researcher in Washington, D.C., studying human and sex trafficking is to lead a discussion, “Human Trafficking,” on March 19 on the Misericordia University campus.
The school’s campus ministry and its Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education are collaborating to host Colleen E. Owens who is to discuss her most recent research. The public forum, part of the university’s Brown Bag Luncheon lecture series, is to run from noon until 1:15 p.m. in room 218-219 inside Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.
Owens grew up in Wilkes-Barre and graduated from E.L. Meyers High School. She serves as a lead investigator examining the organization, operation and victimization of labor trafficking in the United States.
Owens is also involved with similar research projects involving sex trafficking and labor trafficking in Cambodia and South America.