The Slaves Who Work for Us -- An Evening on Human Trafficking

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States

How many slaves are working for you?

You may not see it, but human trafficking has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our daily lives. From your smartphone to your sneakers to the walnuts and almonds in your cupboard, so much of our utilities and the foods we consume have been touched by the hands of a person who has no control over their individual liberties.

Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United, presents a conversation around one of the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Justin Dillon (author of A Selfish Plan to Save the World), a part-time rock star and founder of the paradigm-shifting non-profits Slavery Footprint and Made in a Free World joins writer/professor Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, whose book What Slaveholders Think, has offered an unprecedented voice to the slaveholders themselves, revealing the insidious logic buttressing human exploitation.

Find out what you can do today to change the lives of the people you never knew were working for you.


Randy Newcomb is the president and CEO of Humanity United, leading all aspects of the organization's strategic planning, development, and operations. Prior to Humanity United, Randy was a Vice President of Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, where he focused on developing global partnerships and investments across a variety of sectors. Randy also served for 14 years as Executive Director of Golden Gate Community Inc., a community-based organization in San Francisco. He was a Fellow at the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University and an International Development Fellow at the University of Bath, England. He holds a doctor of education from the University of San Francisco and a master's degree in development economics from the University of Bath.

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is assistant professor of political sociology at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He was a part of the founding faculty at the Central European University's School of Public Policy. He is the coeditor of From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Reframing Contemporary Slavery (2012), and his work has appeared in Slate, Al Jazeera, the Journal of Human Rights, Social Movement Studies, the Columbia Journal of International Affairs, Social Problems, and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior

A professional musician turned filmmaker and social entrepreneur, Justin Dillon is founder and CEO of Made in a Free World, an award-winning platform that brings together consumers, organizations, and businesses to disrupt the $150 billion business of human trafficking. Justin's leadership as a practitioner of change has awakened a global movement of more than 30 million, improved laws, and freed thousands of slaves. He has advised the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the White House, the Vatican, Fortune 500 companies, and more on issues of innovation and social justice. He is the director of influential films with voices such as Cornel West, Questlove, Amber Valletta and Nicholas Kristofincluding Call+Response and Common Dreams for CNN. Justin has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Fast Company, Vogue, Huffington Post, CNN, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, NPR, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Rolling Stone, and more. His work has received many high-profile accolades including a Cannes Lion Award and a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.