Thursday, April 13, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
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Kyle M. Ballard is the senior coordinator for Reports and Political Affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), responsible for the production of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report and coordinating the U.S. Government’s diplomatic efforts to address modern slavery worldwide. Prior to J/TIP, Ballard was the strategic planner at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which is responsible for the execution of U.S. security cooperation programs ranging from defense institution building to the annual transfer of more than $40 billion in defense equipment and services. He led a team in the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor focused on sectarian tensions and religious freedom in the Middle East and North Africa, and for developing rights-based approaches to combating violent extremism. Before that, he countered conventional weapons proliferation in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs, where he engaged in end-use monitoring of U.S. defense exports and partnered with various government agencies and international organizations to identify front companies and criminal networks.
Ballard was a graduate research assistant at the Monterrey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP) and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and has held positions in NGOs, the private sector, and at the United Nations focused on transitional crime, international security, and human rights. He is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, and the computational social science program at George Mason University.
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