Invited Speeches and Workshops

International

Meshelemiah, J.C.A. An Examination of Human Trafficking from a Human Rights and Consumption Perspective, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisboa, Portugal, October 12, 2018.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. How to Successfully Teach College Students. University of Sri Jayawardhena Pura, Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 4, 2017.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. A Stark Contrast of Immigration, Poverty, and Human Trafficking into the United States and out of Sri Lanka, The 4th International Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development, 2017, At Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Abstract:  Human trafficking is a global crisis. It is estimated that over 20 million people are trafficked throughout the world. Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 persons are estimated to cross national and international borders annually for trafficking purposes. In the case of the USA, reportedly, 14,500 to 17,500 people are estimated to be annually transported into the USA for reasons related to trafficking. Approximately 20% of Sri Lankans who seek work abroad find themselves in similar trafficking situations in the Middle East. The commonality between immigration into the United States and Sri Lankans who leave home in pursuit of employment is desperation and poverty. In this presentation, the authors will examine the plight of immigrants who enter into the USA while simultaneously examining the phenomenon of Sri Lankans leaving the country in the context of poverty and human trafficking. Human trafficking is a term that was officially adopted in 2000 by the US government through the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). The most comprehensive definition of trafficking, however, is the one adopted by the United Nations, which is most frequently known as the Palermo Protocol. Human trafficking tends to primarily fall into sex and labor trafficking. Sex trafficking involves the inducement of others into commercial sex activities while labor trafficking, through the use of force, fraud and coercion like sex trafficking, involves making a person provide labor services for free; for far less than what was agreed upon; or under terms that were not agreed upon. Keywords: poverty, immigration, human trafficking, United States, Sri Lanka Themes: Immigrants and Poverty

Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Understanding Human Trafficking Among Unaccompanied Minors, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL),Lisboa, Portugal, October 15, 2017.
Meshelemiah, J.C.AMigration Gone Wrong: Human Trafficking in 3 African Countries, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL),  Lisboa, Portugal, November 3, 2016.

Meshelemiah,J.C.A. Human Trafficking Research in Ethiopia with Indigenous Key Personnel: An Important Addition to the Process.University of Gondar, Ethiopia, August 4, 2014.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Social Work in the USA:  The History and Current Health Care Crisis.  University of Gondar, Ethiopia, March 11, 2014.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Human Trafficking In Ghana:  Up Close and Real. Key Note Speaker, Oyoko Methodist Senior High School, Oyoko-Koforidua, Ghana, July 15, 2011.

Domestic

Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Sex Trafficking: The Intersection of Race, Molestation, Drugs and “Dope Boys”, Kirwan Institute, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. April, 25, 2019.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Human Trafficking in Central Ohio and Beyond.  Grange Insurance. Columbus, Ohio. October 23, 2017.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Human Trafficking on a Global Stage:  Its Connection to Central Ohio—A Strike Against Human Rights; 7thAvenue Baptist Church.  Columbus, Ohio, November 14, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5:  A New Tool for Diagnosing Mental Disorders,A Renewed Mind Agency, Toledo, Ohio, September 18, 2015.
Meshelemiah,J.C.A. DSM-5:  A New Tool for Diagnosing Mental Disorders,United Methodist Children’s Home, Columbus, Ohio, August 28, 2015.
Meshelemiah,J.C.A. DSM-5:  A New Tool for Diagnosing Mental Disorders,Shawnee Family Health Center, Portsmouth, Ohio, August 20, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America’s Shame.Reynoldsburg Human Trafficking Coalition.  First Church of God, Columbus, Ohio, July 25, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A., et al..Panel Discussion. A Personal and Professional Development Retreat for Women of Color. Connections, Community and Career, Columbus, Ohio, May 11, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A., et al. Anti-trafficking challenges in the USA. Panel Discussion. The Society for the Scientific Detection of Crime. Franklin University. Columbus, Ohio, May 1, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.Human Trafficking and How It’s Problematic Globally.Great Decisions. Friendship Village of Columbus, Columbus, Ohio, April 28, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. The DisEMPOWERment of Women:   A Social Justice Issue That Deserves Traction .2015 Women’s Connection Leadership Summit, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio. March 28, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Hidden Prey in the USA:  STOP DMST. Reynoldsburg High School, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, January 27, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. The Economics of Human Trafficking in Ohio.  A Call for Social Justice.Reynoldsburg Human Trafficking Coalition, January 17, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. The Economics of Human Trafficking in Ohio.  A Call for Social Justice. Reynoldsburg Human Trafficking Coalition, January 17, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Do the Right Thing:  Social Work Values and Ethics.  CEU Training for National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP), Columbus, Ohio, December 10, 2014.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5:  A New Tool for Diagnosing Mental Disorders, Dublin Retirement Village, Dublin, Ohio, June 18, 2014.
Meshelemiah,J.C.A. Conflict Resolution:  Working Through Challenging Behaviors.  Mid-Ohio Food Back, All Agency Exchange, Columbus, Ohio, May 7, 2014.
Meshelemiah,J.C.A.   DSM-5:  A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders. CEU Training for National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP), Indianapolis, Indiana, December 5, 2013.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.   DSM-5:  A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders. CEU Training for National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP), Columbus, Ohio, November 14, 2013.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.   DSM-5:  A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders. CEU Training for National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP), Columbus, Ohio, October 10, 2013.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.   DSM-5:  A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders. CEU Training at South Community Mental Health Center, Moraine, Ohio, September 18, 2013.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Organ Trafficking:  Sale on all Body Parts. 2012 Kidney and Transplant Symposium, Columbus, Ohio, May 2, 2012.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Cultural Competence:  Knowing What You Know and Being Responsible for Learning all the Rest:  Promoting School Readiness Through Cultural Competence. Ohio Head Start Association Social Work Conference, Columbus, Ohio, March 14, 2012.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Eyes on the Prize:  A Time and a Place for Disciplined, Oppositional, and Defiant Behaviors, St. Phillip Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio 43210, February 12, 2012.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Human Trafficking:  A Modern Day Slavery. Women’s Day Key Note Speaker, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, March 22, 2011.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) 2000: Opportunities for Improved Protection of Child Victims of Trafficking in the USA and Ghana Through Research. Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, March 22, 2011.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. I am a Survivor: A Story of Human Trafficking. Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, March 21, 2011.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. I Want My 20 Cents:  Women’s Fight for Parity in the United States and How it Relates to Human Trafficking Abroad in Ghana, West Africa. Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, March 22, 2011.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.  Human Trafficking:  A Glimpse at Modern Day Slavery, Overbrook Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Ohio, February 20, 2011.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Standards of Righteousness:  Doing What God Wants Us To Do, St. Phillip Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio 43210, February 13, 2011.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.The APA made E-Z:  An Introduction to APA for Social Work Students, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, October 14, 2010.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.Making APA E-Z:  An Introduction to APA for Social Work Students, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, April 7, 2010.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Human Trafficking in Ohio. National Association of Social Workers Advocacy Day Conference, Keynote Speaker, Columbus, Ohio, March 16, 2010.

The Ohio State University

Meshelemiah, J.C.A. How to Mobilize a College Campus into Action:  Fighting Sex and Labor Trafficking.   Enlightened:  Students Against Trafficking Group. OSU Honors Group, November 15, 2017.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. How to Mobilize a College Campus into Action:  Fighting Sex and Labor Trafficking.   Enlightened:  Students Against Trafficking Group. OSU Honors Group, November 15, 2017.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Taking Actionable Steps to Fight Human Trafficking: Sex and Labor Trafficking.OSU College of Nursing Bubble Burst.  November 12, 2017.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Sex and Labor Trafficking. International Justice Mission (OSU chapter). October 6, 2017.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. International Research:  Transcending Boundaries and Cultural Norms. ODI Preparing for the Professiorate Retreat. Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference, Sterling, Ohio, November 15, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. EmPOWERment:  Why It is Needed for Women.  The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Haverfield House, March 26, 2014.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Prostitution and Human Trafficking in Ghana, West Africa:  Roamers and Seaters.The Ohio State University, The Empower Campaign, January 26, 2011.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Human Trafficking:  Stolen People and Stolen Dreams, OSU Community Event Hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, October 19, 2010.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Conflict Resolution in Urban Environments. Builders, Keynote Speaker, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 6, 2010.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work

Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5.  DSM-5: A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders.  College of Social Work CEU Training, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, October 3, 2017.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5.  DSM-5: A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders.  College of Social WorkCEU Training, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, March 7, 2017.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5.  DSM-5: Diagnosing Children and Adolescents.  College of Social WorkCEU Training, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, December 1, 2016.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5.  DSM-5: A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders.  College of Social Work CEU Training, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, September 9, 2016.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A DSM-5. Diagnosing Substance Use Disorders. PT2. College of Social WorkCEU Training, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 28, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5: A New Tool for Diagnosing Mental Disorders.College of Social Work CEU Training. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 21, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. An Introduction to Social Work in the United States of America. CIP Social Workers (China—Group 2). May 11, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Scholarship Luncheon Moderator. College of Social Work, April 9, 2015.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5: A New Tool for Diagnosing Mental Disorders.College of Social Work CEU Training. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, December 3, 2014.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. An Introduction to Social Work in the United States of America. CIP Social Workers (China—Group 1). October 21, 2014.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5.  Diagnosing Substance Use Disorders. CEU Training, September 5, 2014.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. An Introduction to Social Work in the United States of America. CIP Social Workers (Sweden). July 9, 2014.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. DSM-5: A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders.  College of Social Work CEU Training. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, February 6, 2014.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.   DSM-5:  A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders. College of Social Work CEU Training, October 17, 2013.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. An Introduction to Social Work in the United States of America. CIP Social Workers (Jamaica, Japan, Cayman Island, and Tajikistan). August 1, 2013.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.  DSM-5: A New Way of Diagnosing Mental Disorders.  College of Social Work CEU Training. The Ohio State University,Columbus, Ohio, July 8, 2013.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.   Oppression and Strip Dancing: More Human Trafficking, Social Work Course, Women’s Issues, May 10, 2013.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.  Trafficking:  Diagnosing and Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches. CEU Training, April 26, 2013.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. An Introduction to Social Work in the United States of America. CIP Social Workers (Finland and Ethiopia). July 31, 2012.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. Human Trafficking:  A Modern Day Slavery:  End Human Trafficking.Social Work Course:  Human Sexuality, June 1, 2012.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A.Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA).Social Work Course: International Social Work, May 21, 2012.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A., & Tufano, R. Human Trafficking.College of Social Work Student Association (CSWSA), February 27, 2012.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A. & Bagirinka, N.  Genocide and Violence Against Women in Rwanda:  A Compelling Story About Why It is Not Okay to Sit and Do Nothing.  Mwanafunzi, February 17, 2012.
Meshelemiah,J.C.A. State of Human Trafficking in the United States:  Social Work’s Responsibility and Potential Roles.Community Engagement Conference, September 1, 2011.
Meshelemiah, J.C.A .Making APA E-Z:  An Introduction to APA for Social Work Students, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, July 15, 2010.