Global Hot Spots

Global Hot Spots: “Human Trafficking and Slavery in Japan”

November 16 - 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Fluno Center — Howard Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715
Cost: Free


Shihoko Fujiwara ’03, founder and board member of Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims (Japan)

About the event

Hear the latest on global issues from a UW–Madison expert. In this installment of Global Hot Spots, Fujiwara will cover the global trend of human trafficking. Although Japan is supposed to be one of safest countries in the world, it does not fully meet the minimum global standards for the elimination of trafficking, including forced labor, exploitation, and sex trafficking. Lighthouse, a Japanese nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, has helped more than 300 people abused in Japan’s pornography industry.

About the speaker

Shihoko Fujiwara is the founding director of Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims (formally Polaris Project Japan), which runs a human trafficking hotline; provides direct intervention, counseling, and other support to trafficking survivors; educates law enforcement and the public about how to identify victims; and advocates for improved public policy and a more coordinated, victim-centered response to the issue. Fujiwara has been an advocate for the rights of women and children in Japan since 2004 and has participated in numerous panels, consortia, and global efforts. She was profiled in the Spring 2007 issue of On Wisconsin magazine and was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association. In 2012, Fujiwara was named one of the “100 People Remaking Japan” by AERA magazine and delivered a speech on human trafficking at TEDxTokyo.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Lunch is not provided, but lunch reservations at the Fluno Center can be made at 608-441-7117.

Public parking is available in the Fluno Center garage (Lot 83) at 314 N. Frances Street, in Lot 46 at 301 N. Lake Street, or in the Lake Street ramp at 415 N. Lake Street.

Questions? Contact Jordan Langer at or 1-608-308-5430.

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