Latham & Watkins LLP, a global law firm and one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the world. Among Latham's many efforts is working to end modern-day slavery, and lawyers and staff from around the firm proudly partner with a number of organizations who share this goal as well as advise individual clients who have been affected by trafficking.
Will honor and welcome to Chicago two of the world's most acclaimed anti-slavery leaders: Biram Abeid and Brahim Randhame of Mauritania. Both won the 2016 "Heroes Fighting Modern Slavery Award" from the U.S. State Department, an honor presented by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Biram Abeid has also received the United Nations Human Rights Prize, an honor previously given to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, President Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela.
At this free reception, over 150 leaders from the legal and philanthropic community will learn firsthand about slavery in Mauritania and the struggle of these two heroes for freedom.
WHEN: 5:30 PM on Monday, February 13
WHERE: Latham & Watkins Conference Center at 330 N. Wabash #2800
WHY: The home of Presidents Lincoln and Grant as well as thousands of brave abolitionists, Illinois has a unique legacy in the fight against slavery must be carried on until the practice is abolished worldwide.
NOTE TO MEDIA: The Abolition Institute is happy to arrange media interviews with participants and the event is open to the media; however all attendees should register their names at www.StoppingSlavery.org/Lincoln as per building security.
For more information contact:
Sean Tenner, Abolition Institute / Sean@StoppingSlavery.org / (312) 576-8822
Sarah Beckley, Latham & Watkins / Sarah.Beckley@LW.com / (312) 876-6503
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SOURCE The Abolition Institute