E. Benjamin Skinner, senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, recently traveled to Haiti to help a man who nursed him back to health when he contracted a severe case of malaria.
Bill Nathan, a former child slave who Skinner met when he was researching modern-day slavery, was gravely injured in the recent earthquake. Skinner says his mission to help his friend is “pay back” for the help he gave him when he was sick, but more importantly, for what Nathan has done to help today’s child slaves.
Please refer the article “Haiti Rescue: Saving the Man Who Saved My Life” featured on TIME.
Ben is also a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, is a writer studying the U.S. and global political economies, with a current focus on modern-day slavery. He is the first person in recorded history to observe the negotiations for sale of human beings on four continents, and was named one of National Geographic’s “Adventurers of the Year 2008.”
He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade, and previously served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and previously as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His articles have appeared in Newsweek International, Travel + Leisure, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and others.
Ben Skinner was also featured on an ABC News report. Click here to watch the ABC News report.
For more information on Ben, please refer to his profile on Brandeis’ own Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Skinner is the author of “A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery,” winner of the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for non-fiction.