U.S. Embassy Bern hosted human trafficking and forced labor expert, Ima Matul, for a three-day program. As a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and Survivor Coordinator for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles, Ima Matul worked to raise awareness on the growing incidence of human trafficking and forced labor, including in Switzerland. Her audiences included high school students, government officials, media, and others who were moved by her personal story as a survivor of forced labor. Combining her personal experience and professional knowledge, she provided hands-on advice on how to detect and prevent human trafficking and how to protect and support victims.
The speaker program on human trafficking was in the framework of the Swiss Action Weeks Against Trafficking in Persons from October 18 to November 3.