The Origin of CLIFF: ICAMS Boston 2017

On April 15, 2017 members of the Intercollegiate Coalition Against Modern Slavery (ICAMS) met for the first time at the Harvard Kennedy School  with an advisory team of experts in the field of human trafficking at the first annual Intercollegiate Convention Against Modern Slavery to found our Coalition. We began the process of developing a plan for unified, collective action that clubs and organizations across college campuses can adopt for the upcoming academic year and beyond. Working with this advisory team will create a powerful relationship between students from all over the country - the world's future human rights leaders - and those individuals who know best how to make effective progress in the fight against modern slavery. We can maximize the value and efficacy of our effort, and learn the skills needed for a lifetime of human rights leadership. Just as importantly, we can provide these experts with a network of young leaders ready to support their endeavors. Our website will both feature the plans that students are following on their respective campuses and the success that each student group is achieving. 

Sarah Lin from Rutgers University (NJ) shares her work in partnership with IJM during the Initiative Showcase.

Sarah Lin from Rutgers University (NJ) shares her work in partnership with IJM during the Initiative Showcase.


  • In total, over 50 participants were able to gather for the inaugural convent, representing 11 different schools from 5 different states.

  • The Initiative Showcase featured 7 different student groups pitching the initiatives they were working on.

  • Over 15 professional advisors hosted workshops and directly collaborated with students on their initiatives.

  • Six major news sources, including the New York Times and Washington Post, shared a press release covering the success of the event.

What students reported coming out of the event:

“This was a great event. Thank you for the invitation and for hosting, it was a great opportunity to see what other students are doing and meet with individuals that tackle these issues for a living! I look forward to collaborating in the future.”

- Participant, Boston 2017 Convention

What students were thinking coming into the event:

“Much of what I've learned has been from my individual investigation/interest of the issue and from research in my current internship. As an undergrad I have had more limited opportunities to receive more professional teaching on the issue. I really don't know where I want to be in a month after I graduate undergrad, so I want to find opportunities in this field I could do in an entry-level way!”

- Participant, Boston 2017 Convention


Snapshots of the Convention

Boston 2017 Agenda:

Boston 2017 Agenda