E. Benjamin Skinner
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E. Benjamin Skinner is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University. He is the first person in recorded history to have observed negotiations for the sale of human beings on four continents. His 2008 book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery, was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, and a citation from the Overseas Press Club in its book category for 2008. Skinner was named one of National Geographicís Adventurers of the Year for 2008.

Skinner serves on the World Economic Forumís Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade. Previously he served as special assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and as research associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His articles have appeared in Time, Newsweek International, Travel and Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and other publications. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.