Countdown to Annual Meeting:
Annual Meeting / May 19-21, 2019 / Seattle, Washington
We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Edgewater Hotel on the downtown Seattle waterfront this May, for the Conservation Alliance 2020 Annual Meeting. Below you will find all the important information you’ll need to plan your trip.
Siddharth Kara is an author, screenwriter, researcher, and activist on modern slavery, child labor, and related human rights issues. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kara is the author of three books and several reports and articles on modern slavery and child labor. His first book, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, was co-winner of the prestigious Frederick Douglass Award (2010) at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. The book has since been adapted by Kara into a Hollywood feature film, called TRAFFICKED. Kara’s second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara’s third book, Modern Slavery: A Global Perspective is Kara’s culminating work on slavery and was launched at the United Nations in October 2017. The book provides a foundational overview of the key manifestations of slavery around the world.
Since first encountering human trafficking in a Bosnian refugee camp in the 1990’s, Kara has traveled to more than fifty countries across six continents to research modern slavery, personally documenting the cases of several thousand former and current slaves of all kinds, witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and confronting some of those who trafficked and exploited them. During the course of his research, Kara has meticulously mapped global human trafficking networks, explored the perilous underground of trafficked sex slaves, delved into the inner workings of organized crime groups that traffic in human organs, and traced global supply chains of numerous commodities tainted by slavery and child labor. In addition to self-funding most of his research, Kara has received support from Humanity United, the C&A Foundation and Google.org.
Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on human rights policy. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.
Previously, Kara was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, then ran his own finance and M&A consulting firm. He holds a Law degree from England, MBA from Columbia University, and BA from Duke University.
The Edgewater Hotel in downtown Seattle is a 30-minute drive from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. An Uber will cost you about $40. You can also hop on the Link Light Rail at the airport and head downtown to Pioneer Square Station, and then catch a quick an easy bus or car to the hotel from the station.
Rooms at the Edgewater Hotel are $225/night + tax and must be reserved by April 17. Please make your reservation using this link or by calling 1-800-624-0670 and identifying that you are part of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions Annual Meeting May 19-21. Please note there are a very limited number of rooms available for Thursday night.
The meeting will begin on Tuesday, May 19 at 8:30am and conclude on Thursday, May 21 at 12:00pm. Your conference fee will cover breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and breakfast-only on Thursday. Dinners will be at the expense of each attendee. The official meeting agenda will be circulated by March 31st and more information about evening activities will be announced soon.
A welcome reception will take place on Monday, May 18th from 5-7pm in the Alki room at the Edgewater Hotel. We hope you will join us for a drink and to say hello before the meeting begins the following morning.
Dining in Seattle
We encourage you to get out and explore the Seattle area during your stay. Below are just some of the restaurants near the hotel we suggest you check out.
- Seatown Market Diner – Located in the Pike Place Market, don’t miss the oyster bar, great outdoor patio seatings and views of the market!
- Etta’s – Etta’s big plate glass windows look out onto the bustle of the Pike Place Market. This proximity inspires a seasonal, market driven seafood menu.
- Dahlia Lounge – We read that Dahlia Lounge is the quintessential Seattle restaurant experience — go find out!