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Humphrey Alumna Professional Development Grant Recipient Attends Freedom Summit 2013

Hubert Humphrey alumna Larissa Novikova (University of Maryland College Park, 2007-2008) was awarded an Alumni Professional Development Grant to attend Freedom Summit 2013, a two-day conference that serves as a catalytic event to bring different communities, organizations and interested individuals together around the issue of human trafficking. Freedom Summit 2013, which took place on January 25-26th in Fremont, California, stands as the largest anti-trafficking gathering in the US. This event was organized by the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC) with the goal “to continue building a Bay Area coalition equipped to move anti-trafficking efforts from conviction to action.” The Summit consisted of lectures and presentations by various organizations as well as “expo/art/sold” exhibits where visitors could purchase items to support anti-trafficking organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Larissa is currently the chairwoman of Women’s Rights Information Group, an independent non-governmental organization in her home country of Kazakhstan.  With knowledge and skills gained from the Freedom Summit, Larissa hopes to conduct trainings for her organization and others on providing counseling for victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse, as well as set up a resource hotline similar to the U.S. National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. By attending this conference, Larissa has established professional contacts among human rights staff from organizations in the U.S., with whom she anticipates creating future partnerships in the effort to combat human trafficking worldwide.

If you’d like to learn more about the Freedom Summit, please click here.