Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad served as keynote speaker at the “Forum on Modern Slavery: 21st Century Solutions,” held at Seton Hall University on Sept. 27. The full-day event, which was sponsored by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the university, the International Justice Project and the Slave-Free Community Project, was attended by almost 400 people.
Murad, who was taken captive by Islamic State fighters, sold and forced into a life of sexual servitude before escaping, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for her efforts in ending the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and conflict.
Murad has worked tirelessly to provide greater visibility into wartime sexual violence and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions. She spoke about what justice means for survivors, which includes rebuilding the lives of victims, and ensuring that survivors are not re-exploited during their healing journey. At the forum, Seton Hall University also conferred Murad with an honorary doctorate during an official ceremony.