Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, April 12, 2010

Silver shares expertise on human trafficking

Karina Silver Karina Silver

Karina B. Silver has been researching human trafficking since 2004 when she was a violence against women program and policy analyst intern at the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance.

In 2007, as a human trafficking policy specialist at OJA and with guidance from OJA's Human Trafficking Committee, Silver conducted a baseline survey on human trafficking in Wisconsin. In 2008, under a contract with OJA, Silver wrote a report based on the survey results: Hidden in Plain Sight: A Baseline Survey of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin.

Since July 2007, Silver has worked as an executive policy and budget analyst at Wisconsin Department of Administration. She graduated from the La Follette School in 2006 with a Master of International Public Affairs degree and a certificate in Russia, East Europea and Central Asia Studies. She stayed involved with the issue of modern-day slavery by joining the OJA's Human Trafficking Committee. In 2009 she became one of the initial members of local anti-human trafficking coalition Slave Free Madison.

Public Service

Karina Silver and 2008 alum Marianna Smirnova were part of panel discussion at the La Follette School Modern-Day Slavery Symposium on April 30, 2010. She addressed the scope of the problem of human trafficking in Wisconsin and what local organizations can do to address it.

— updated October 18, 2010