Current MSHT Fellows

Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking Fellow

Ambassador Luis C.deBaca (ret.)
GLC Robina Fellow in Modern Slavery
August 1, 2018—May 31, 2019

(Juris Doctorate, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI, 1993)

Former Director, US Office to Monitor/Combat Trafficing in Persons

Project: “The 13th Amendment and the History of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.”

Brown Bag Talk: January 16, 2019 (event page)


Ambassador (ret.) Luis C.deBaca coordinated U.S. government activities in the global fight against contemporary forms of slavery as head of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons during the Obama Administration. As one of the United States’ most decorated federal prosecutors, Ambassador C.deBaca investigated and prosecuted crimes of human trafficking, immigration, hate crimes, money laundering, and official misconduct. He updated the post-Civil War statutes and the 13th Amendment to develop the “victim centered approach” to modern slavery, which has become the global standard for combating human trafficking through the Trafficking in Persons Protocol to the United Nations’ Organized Crime Convention. Ambassador C.deBaca advises governments, businesses, and civil society on transparency in supply chains and enforcement. He is a Open Society Human Rights Fellow and is on the faculty of Yale University, where he is the Robina Fellow in Modern Slavery at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition of the MacMillan Center.