The Reves Center for International Studies at William & Mary has announced that Ms. Wirawan “Boom” Mosby, internationally-recognized advocate for child survivors of sexual exploitation and founder and director of the HUG Project Thailand, will deliver the 2018 McSwain-Walker Lecture. Mosby will speak about “The Heart of Justice: Combating Child-Trafficking” on Monday, April 9, 2018, at 5:30 pm in Tucker Hall 127A, 350 James Blair Drive. The talk is free and open to the public.
Mosby is the first Thai woman to receive the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Hero Award (2017), and she is accepting a Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for Human Rights, in Washington, D.C., just prior to her visit to William & Mary. Mosby’s organization, The HUG Project Thailand, works to prevent, protect, and restore child victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking. As an official advisor and active member of TICAC (Thailand Internet Crimes Against Children), Ms. Mosby specializes in combating internet-facilitated sexual crimes against children. Examples include child sexual abuse, child pornography, and child prostitution, aided by online technology. Experts point to a sharp increase in these types of offenses being carried out against children worldwide.
The annual McSwain-Walker lecture brings renowned scholars, artists, analysts and other notable public figures to William & Mary to speak on topics related to how other countries and cultures interact with the United States, and how the United States interacts with them.