Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: MIPA

In tandem with the La Follette School's symposium on modern-day slavery, students are raising money for Free the Slaves, the nonprofit organization supported by Ben Skinner, the keynote speaker for the symposium and author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery.

2006 alum Karina B. Silver has been researching human trafficking since 2004 when she was a La Follette School student interning at the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. She will be part of a panel discussion on modern slavery at 10:30 a.m., April 30, at in the Sewell Social Sciences Building.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Smirnova tackles modern-day slavery

2008 alum Marianna Smirnova is the human trafficking policy specialist at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and coordinator of the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance's Human Trafficking Committee. She will be part of a panel discussion on modern slavery at 10:30 a.m., April 30, at the Sewell Social Sciences Building.

For 1983 alum Leo Kazeri, the question of why he became a Catholic priest is answered through his actions.

For Xiaojia "Lydia" Bi, public service is about breaking down barriers, whether in helping people in developing countries or supporting sustainable wetland restoration in New Orleans.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Miner manages wind-farm assets

As a wind farm asset manager for Chicago-based Invenergy, alum Laura Miner meets with landowners and state and local officials to discuss benefits of wind energy.

Santosh Lamichhane is on a quest to improve economic efficiency in the allocation of resources as a means to increase sustainability and facilitate economic development.

Jean-Rene Watchou has come full circle. Nearly four years after graduating from La Follette with a Master of International Public Affairs degree, he is back in Madison helping other immigrants adjust to life in the United States and navigate the legal system.

For Farha Tahir, gender analysis is the key to helping impoverished communities, even those she has never visited. "Good international development policy must consider the different roles men and women play in the communities the policy seeks to help," the La Follette School student says.

Three 2009 La Follette School graduates will give an encore of their workshop presentation to a Milwaukee Common Council committee in July. After hearing their recommendations on municipal solid waste collection fees in May, Mayor Tom Barrett suggested that the students share their findings with the Common Council.
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