Law professor receives US Alumni TIES grant

by Kendra Mingo,

Warren Binford receives grant to combat trafficking of child sex abuse images online.

Warren Binford, professor of law and director of Willamette’s Clinical Law Program, has been awarded a U.S. Alumni TIES small grant by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by World Learning.

Professor Warren Binford

The $10,000 grant from the Alumni TIES program will allow Binford — along with fellow Fulbright and Gilman Scholars, and colleagues from the University of Calgary and the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center — to engage frontline service providers to combat trafficking of child sex-abuse images (historically referred to as child pornography) in Canada and the United States.

Binford has been working with students in the Clinical Law Program on this research since 2012. This latest project provides an opportunity for several Willamette undergraduate students to participate. In addition to this grant, Warren and her colleagues at the University of Calgary have raised over $635,000 in external funding from Canadian sources to combat trafficking in child sex-abuse images and to better understand the impact trafficking has on survivors.

More about the award: The Alumni TIES program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented in partnership with World Learning to foster a shared identity and dialogue among alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. The program offers regionally focused seminars that provide alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs with opportunities to collaborate with colleagues on projects organized around common alumni interests. World Learning then awards small grants to alumni who design and implement that will positively affect targeted communities around the world.

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