Global leader against sex trafficking to speak in Maine, receive key to the city of Portland

Global leader against sex trafficking to speak in Maine, receive key to the city of Portland

Ruchira Gupta, a global leader in the fight against sex trafficking, will visit Maine for a week in March for the Justice for Women Lecture Series, hosted by the University of Maine School of Law.

From March 16-20, Gupta will speak at several venues and will meet with high school students, college and law students, anti-trafficking advocates, judges, and other community members. The principal public event will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, when Gupta delivers the Justice for Women Lecture in Portland.

Gupta has worked for more than 25 years in India and around the world to combat the root causes of sex trafficking and to provide alternatives for at-risk girls and women. She is Founder and President of ApneAap Women Worldwide, a grassroots organization that has helped thousands of women access safe housing, education, job training and other resources. Gupta, who began her career as a journalist, won an Emmy Award for her 1996 documentary, “The Selling of Innocents”.  Among the highlights of Gupta’s visit to Maine:

  •  Portland Mayor Michael Brennan will present Gupta with a key to the city at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, March 16, at Deering High School, after Gupta speaks to students.
  • At 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, Gupta will speak at CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange. Based in Portland, CIEE is the oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization in the U.S.
  • Also on March 19, at 7 p.m., Gupta will deliver the University of Maine School of Law’s fourth annual Justice for Women Lecture, at the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St. Admission is free but registration is required, as the Law School anticipates a full house.

The University of Maine School of Law is committed to promoting social justice in Maine and around the world. The Justice for Women Lecture series brings speakers to Maine each year to discuss their work and strategies to promote justice for women and girls. The Law School established the series in 2011 with leadership and support from attorney and civic leader Catherine Lee. The Lecture Series is supported in part by the generosity of community partners, including CIEE, and other donors.

Previous lecturers were the Hon. Unity Dow of Botswana, Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, Hon. Albie Sachs of South Africa, and Dr. Sima Samar of Afghanistan.  To support the lecture series with a donation, please visit