March 25, 2021

Virtual presentation on fighting human trafficking is April 7

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Former FBI counterterrorism expert Richard Schoeberl will discuss his work to investigate and stop human trafficking during a virtual lecture next month hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Wellness and Health Promotion Services.

The program, “Hope for Justice: The Fight to End Modern Slavery,” is in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The lecture, at 6 p.m. on April 7, is open to the public via Zoom.

National security, law enforcement expert

Schoeberl has more than 25 years of experience as an expert in national security and law enforcement, including working for the FBI and the CIA’s National Counterterrorism Center. He has also worked as a FBI special agent, investigating violent crime, international terrorism and organized drug trafficking.

 A criminology and homeland security professor and criminal justice program coordinator at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, Schoeberl also works with Hope for Justice, a global non-profit organization that works to end modern slavery by preventing and rescuing human trafficking victims. He is the author of numerous articles about terrorism and security.

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The online presentation is free and open to everyone but space is limited so advance registration is required by April 5 at

For more information, or answers to questions, contact Rebecca Gonnering at 618-453-4429 or