Panel presents on global refugee crisis, human trafficking to Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists

A panel of international law experts discussed the global refugee crisis and human trafficking with a delegation of international journalists Monday morning in the Mann Lounge at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport on Nov. 14.

(L-R): Professor Luz Nagle, Ahmad Yakzan, Franziska Kues and Gregory W. Kehoe.

(L-R): Standing: Professor Luz Nagle, Seated: Ahmad Yakzan, Franziska Kues and Gregory W. Kehoe.

The delegation of approximately 50 international journalists from the Middle East visited Stetson for the special presentation as part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Presenters included attorney Gregory W. Kehoe, Stetson graduate and attorney Ahmad Yakzan, student Franziska Kues, and law professor Luz Nagle. Associate Dean Darryl C. Wilson introduced the panel.

Panel moderator and professor Luz Nagle introduced the plight of the refugee who survives conflict and war.

“They escape bullets and missiles but become victims of human trafficking,” Professor Nagle said.

Kehoe is a trial attorney who worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a prosecutor of high profile cases involving financial institutions, corporate fraud allegations, and racketeering charges for more than 20 years. He led the team of lawyers and investigators which advised the Iraqi Special Tribunal, an ad hoc court formed to prosecute Saddam Hussein.

Yakzan is a native of Beirut, Lebanon, who represents clients before the Department of Homeland Security in immigration cases and the Department of Justice in removal proceedings. He has represented several individuals in high-profile asylum cases.

Kues attended law school in Germany and is a student in Stetson’s LL.M. program in international law. She is also a scholar of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, which awards scholarships to students and graduates of exceptional academic achievement and outstanding political or social commitment. During her studies in Germany, Kues worked as a freelance journalist in online and print media.

Professor Nagle specializes in international law, transborder criminal law, human trafficking, and national security law. Her career prior to teaching includes serving as a judge in Medellín, Colombia. She has presented to visitors from more than 90 countries with the State Department’s distinguished foreign visitors program. Nagle also serves as vice-chair of the International Bar Association President’s Special Task Force on Human Trafficking.

The delegation was hosted by World Partnerships, Inc. the official Tampa Bay regional IVLP partner of the U.S. Department of State since 2000. World Partnerships is a private, not-for-profit organization with a worldwide mission for educational, cultural, commercial and professional exchange with global leaders headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Watch this video to learn more about Stetson Law advocates addressing human trafficking.