Keynote speeches and select presentations



  • March 8, Apollo Theatre, New York, Keynote Speech, NGO Consultation Day, UN Committee on the Status of Women 59.
  • March 3 2015, Key note speaker, organized by Justice for Women Lecture Series, Portland, Maine.
  • March 17, The Abolition of the sex trade. Bates College  & University of Main School of law,



  • April 18, 2013, Smith College, Keynote conversation at a two-day symposium, “Trafficking Sex: Politics, Policy, Personhood between human rights activists Gloria Steinem and Ruchira Gupta”
  • Plenary speaker at Inaugural Thompson Reuters Trust Women Conference, UK on Women for Sale


  • May 27 & 28th, 2010: Keynote speaker and moderator at United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland- at Seminar on A Human Rights Approach to Combating Human Trafficking: Challenges and Opportunities. Implementing the Recommended Principals and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking. Panel entitled “Good practices, challenges and opportunities when applying a human rights-based approach to identification, victim protection and support.”
  • Launch statement at UN HQ at the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children. Hollywood celebrities Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher joined with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and senior officials of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to appeal for support to a new Fund to aid victims of human trafficking (November 4, 2010)


  • May 13, 2009: Address at Interactive Thematic Dialogue on Human Trafficking at the 63rd UN General Assembly on “Taking Collective Action to End Human Trafficking”, at United Nations Headquarters, New York (May 13, 2009) Panel entitled “Articulating a global plan of action:  Drawing upon practice at the national and regional level”
  • Moderator, “Giving Voice to Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking,” panelists: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, UN Headquarters, New York
  • 63rd UN General Assembly on “Thematic Dialogue on Human Trafficking”


  • Speaker at 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly Thematic Debate on Human Trafficking, Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters New York. Keynote address with actress Ashley Judd (June 3, 2008)
  • Remarks at the Roundtable Hosted by the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives and the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Washington, DC (Oct. 28, 2008)
  • Remarks on Sex Trafficking and AIDS at Fourth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Manila, Phillippines


  • Statement to Parliament of India, Rajya Sabha, Department-related parliamentary standing committee on human resource development hundred eighty-second report on the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2006


  • Presentation-to-SECURITY-COUNCIL-ARRIA-FORMULA-MEETING on “Implications of Human Trafficking for International Peace and Security,” on UN Headquarters, New York
  • Statement on International trafficking in women and children‬: hearings before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, second session, February 22 and April 4, 2000‬, Volume 4, Pages 59-60 and Page 64
  • Testified in the U.S. Senate for support of ratifying The Trafficking Victims Protections Act, which combats the growth of the illicit trade and monitors activity.