On October 22, 2020, the Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility Program at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law will be holding the virtual program, Business Accountability for Human Rights: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This program will be the first of three which will culminate in a conference on Business Accountability for Human Rights at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Fall 2021.

Business Accountability for Human Rights: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

One of the most critical aspects of corporate responsibility in today's world is accountability for human rights violations in global supply chains. Around the world vulnerable people are caught up in modern day slavery, human trafficking, and other forms of exploitation. In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the risk to workers, but it also offers new perspectives on these harsh realities. The panel will discuss how the pandemic has impacted workers in domestic and global supply chains.

The discussion will run from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (ET) on October 22, 2020. Use the registration form below to register.


Sarah Duggin
Professor Sarah Duggin
Professor Duggin is the Director of the Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility Program at Catholic Law. Sarah Duggin teaches Corporations, Constitutional law, and Compliance and Corporate Responsibility. Prior to joining the CUA faculty, she served as General Counsel of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), Chief Legal Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and as a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly.


Kevin Hyland
Kevin Hyland, O.B.E.

Mr. Hyland is an internationally recognized expert on modern day slavery and human trafficking who has served as the United Kingdom's first Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner and authored the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8.7. He also advises the Council of Europe, the Vatican, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, among others, on anti-trafficking measures and victim support.

John Durkalski
John Durkalski '05

Mr. Durkalski, a partner in Butsavage & Durkalski, P.C., is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and advises organizations on political campaigns and public policy matters. He has also served as Program and Media Relations Coordinator for the ACLU of Ohio and as a law clerk to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He has been deeply involved with a variety of labor and employment issues that have arisen in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mark Holden
Mark Holden '88 

Mr. Holden serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Koch Industries, Inc., retired. In addition, he serves as senior vice president of Stand Together, board member of Americans for Prosperity and Chairman of the Board of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and is a long-time advocate for criminal justice reform.