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  • Liked SAFE Coalition for Human Rights (SAFECHR)
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    SAFE Coalition for Human Rights (SAFECHR) - ACES: Vulnerabilities to Human Trafficking

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Dr. Vincent Filetti is the co-developer of the ACEs which is highlighted in the current presentation. This is a rare event, a seminal workshop that Dr. Filetti is graciously providing to participants of SAFE 2018. The talk is unique in its addressing human trafficking and how ACEs impacts the vulnerability of youth and adults to human trafficking. His speaking engagements are very limited at this time, and we are honored to have him give us his time.

  • Liked Vanessa Jass
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    Vanessa Jass - #Iamreal - A Personal Story of Triumph

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Advanced

    Vanessa Jass came from very humble beginnings and with a physically abusive childhood, and at 17 years old she was thrown out of her parents' home and ended up in a horrific situation as a victim of domestic human trafficking. At 18 years old, her roommate, and friend Kelly was murdered and she, being the last to see Kelly alive was forced to identify the body. After several attempts of escape, Vanessa made it out of the lifestyle; cheating death on at least 3 different occasions. After escaping she was able to carve out a life for herself and her new baby boy. With the assistance of government funding, scholarships, and many resources, she attended university for 8 years and succeeded at becoming a lawyer. She opened and ran her own firm for over 15 years until the Complex PTSD took over her thoughts. She had this secret within her for so many years, and the traumatic thoughts and thoughts of her former friend never left her mind. 27 years had gone by since the murder and she always believed that she survived all of the traumas suffered for a particular reason but she did not know why. She soon discovered that the reason and that it was time to tell her story. It was time to use her experience to show the world that Human trafficking is not only a news headline that is used from time to time. The victims are real girls, real sisters, real daughters, real mothers, real brothers, real sons.

    It is time to show the world who we are, that we are real, that I am real, and my story is real.

  • Liked Ezemba Stanley
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    Ezemba Stanley - Transnational Trafficking: What are the factors that have supported the transnational trafficking of minors and adults in labor and sex trafficking? What are the current and best practices available to combat it?

    15 Mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    To deal with any issue we need knowledge, information and believe. for us to bring information to the highest level where it will have maximum effect we must involve music. I believe in the power of music as a tool to drive imformation. when we speak or talk the ear listens but most times lacks the will to diseminate to the emotions for the benefit of the system but when music speak emotion listens and imformation content is well digested for maximum effect. We must bring in creative songs to help us in spreading information when it comes to stop trafficking, child labour and other social vices

  • Liked Dawn
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    Dawn - Fashion and the Fight Against Human Trafficking

    Dawn
    Dawn
    Founder/CEO
    Made for Freedom
    schedule 4 months ago
    Sold Out!
    75 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    It touches each of us every day. Fashion is an estimated $2.4 trillion industry with fragmented accountability and complex supply chains. Globalization has created economic opportunities in developing nations while the lack of fair wages, the never ending demand for cheap clothing, and shortened fashion cycles results in labor vulnerabilities. Without attentive consideration, the clothing we wear may be part of the cause behind sweatshop and trafficking atrocities. Learn how trafficking and fashion are intertwined, how ethical fashion prevents vulnerabilities, and how to shop ethically.

  • Liked Linda Dykstra
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    Linda Dykstra - STORIES IN GRACE (SING): A 36 lesson curriculum for restoration

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    The two-fold goal of the 36 lesson, trauma-focused STORIES IN GRACE curriculum is emotional healing and spiritual growth. It requires no literacy on the part of the participants and uses an inductive rather than deductive educational approach. The Campus Crusade for Christ MAGDALENA film is the "textbook" or "storybook" for the curriculum. This film consists of a variety of stories told by Mary Magdalena about Jesus' loving, compassionate, and healing ministry to many of the deeply wounded women in His day. Each of the 36 stories is taught using the one page Six-Step Lesson Format. This outline includes the story (film segment), open-ended discussion questions, a colorful graphic (teaching tool), class exercises, a Bible verse and prayer, and creative homework which is a way to practice outside of the class what was learned in the class. The results of this homework are discussed and celebrated at the beginning of the next session. In summary, each story and lesson have the potential to move broken-hearted woman and child one step closer to healing and hope.

  • Liked Kaneshia Greene
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    Kaneshia Greene - Get Into It: The fundamentals to achieving community engagement for the purpose of inclusive advocacy

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Abstract:

    This interactive workshop has three primary aims: (1) to raise awareness of the importance of understanding the factors of engagement; (2) to understand how to utilize the spectrum of community engagement effectively; and (3) to foster positive and effective engagement skills that can be applied to community advocacy initiatives.

  • Liked Ashlie Bryant
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    Ashlie Bryant - PROTECT - Human Trafficking Prevention Education

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    PROTECT is a systematic, scalable, statewide prevention program. In collaboration with two other nonprofit organizations, 3Strands Global has helped launch PROTECT in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California and the California Department of Education, joined together in the fight against human trafficking.

    The joint mission of PROTECT is to help educators and students across the state identify and prevent instances of human trafficking through a standardized educational curriculum.

    3Strands Global has helped created materials to allow 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grade teachers to incorporate the topic of human trafficking into their annual educational calendar. These materials are grade-level appropriate, state standard-compliant and provide a holistic view of the problem. The materials also illustrate techniques that support identification and prevention.

    Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. With as many as 100,000 victims of human trafficking nationwide, education and prevention efforts are quickly becoming an imperative for local governments and school districts.

    In this workshop, 3Strands Global will give an overview of the PROTECT program, demonstrate the online learning management system where educators and county workers can access PROTECT content, and give an overview of PROTECT training modules, curriculum, and protocol coordination.

  • Liked Elizabeth Ziemba
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    Elizabeth Ziemba - Human Trafficking and the LGBTQ+ Youth Population: A Socioecological perspective on Risk, Identification, Prevention, and Making a Difference

    Elizabeth Ziemba
    Elizabeth Ziemba
    Research
    Carter Brown
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Original Research
    Intermediate

    Presenters: Joy Kelleher, LCSW and Elizabeth Ziemba

    Time: minimum 45 minutes; maximum 90 minutes

    The issues surrounding the unique needs and challenges of the LGBTQ+ community are being viewed from a lens of safety and human rights. However, there is still a dearth in research that addresses multifaceted risk factors in the LGBTQ+ community in regards to the vulnerability of these youth. Human trafficking continues its insidious evolution within this group of society. According to the Polaris Project website, there have been nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking globally, with more than 26% of those victims being children (Polaris, 2018). The LGBTQ+ youth population are more vulnerable to human trafficking. This group makes up a disproportionate 40% of the homeless youth (this is in comparison to just 7% of the general population identifying as LGBTQ+) and they are 3-7 times more likely to engage in “survival sex” (Polaris, 2018).

    Are you aware?

    LGBTQ+ youth are at more risk due to the higher incidents of homelessness, family isolation, violence, discrimination, and economic hardships leaving them open to exploitation by traffickers who hone in on the absence of positive connections and security. Although LGBTQ+ organizations advocate for victims of trafficking, but often these youth do not have access to prevention measures or services because of the fear of societal and systemic discrimination (Xian, Chock, Dwiggins, 2017). These children are often victim to multi-layered vulnerabilities unique to their population: not meeting social norms; lack of safe environments to express their identity and lack of safety in home, educational, health care, and spiritual systems; disproportionate homelessness, and the absence of positive interpersonal relationships with others outside their social group.

    Xian, Chock, and Dwiggins (2017) use the socioecological model to identify the need for specific advocacy, outreach, and survivor programs for LGBTQ+ trafficked youth; legal policies that protect from discrimination; and funding for programs that provide safe care. This presentation will provide an overview of existing research on the topic of risk. In addition, we will explore avenues of identification, prevention, rescue, and treatment. The context of this discussion will be viewed through the self-determination theory of sense of belonging as belonging is an essential facet of self-determination; we will highlight this theory as a means of addressing and impacting this complex issue.

  • Liked Dominique Malebranche
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    Dominique Malebranche - Intersections of Complex and Cultural Trauma in Human Trafficking

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Human trafficking is often only part of a larger constellation of adversity and traumatic stress faced by survivors. Research has theorized the association between the prolonged exposure to interpersonal trauma human trafficking survivors experience and complex trauma (APA, 2014; Cloitre et al., 2012; Courtois, 2008; Hopper, 2017a; Roe-Sepowitz, Hickle, Dahlstedt, & Gallagher, 2014). Not only can early or repeated interpersonal trauma, such as sexual assault, lead to complex PTSD, but it also impacts a range of responses: emotional, social, physical, and spiritual well-being. In addition, systems of oppression that result in interpersonal trauma (e.g., racism) often intersect and create further challenges for survivors of color. This workshop will introduce the association between trauma theory and social oppression through didactic and experiential activity, as well as discuss complex trauma in survivors of human trafficking and its implications for service planning. Complex trauma impacts and how these reactions increase vulnerability to exploitation, how traffickers play on these reactions as coercive strategies, and how these struggles impact life after the trafficking experience will be explored.

  • Liked Research Associate
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    Research Associate - Relationship among Human Trafficking Risk and Health Literacy: Implications for Screening and Referral among Substance Abuse Populations

    30 Mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    Health care professionals are among the most likely to come into contact with those that are currently or have been victims of human trafficking. A response to education and awareness campaigns worldwide has increased efforts to improve screening and referral for trafficking victims among the medical, legal, and social service communities. This presentation will describe a pilot study aimed at understanding what relationships exist between human trafficking victimization and health literacy among substance use populations. A pilot of 24 participants completed a screening for Human trafficking using and adapted version from the VREA assessment and the Newest Vital Sign a screening for health literacy upon intake into substance use treatment. Over one half screened at risk for human trafficking without self-identifying as victim. Pilot analyses reveal that there is a significant inverse relationship between health literacy and human trafficking risk. These results informed an implementation study to better screen for human trafficking victimization, make appropriate referrals to services, and implement universal precautions for populations with low health literacy.

  • 90 Mins
    Original Research
    Beginner

    Serious games (SGs) provide a space of cognitive and emotional engagement where participants experience, interact, and enact social worlds that might not otherwise be possible; therefore, allowing a psychosocial meaning-making process to unfold. Moreover, SGs move beyond embedded prosocial messages and mere entertainment value and serve as facilitators of deeper and more personalized processes through creating new complex environments of embodied experiences. The process of engaging in experiential learning, actively constructing educational outcomes (e.g., constructivism), on-the-spot problem solving, and other features, make serious games qualitatively different than traditional approaches.

    This presentation seeks to articulate the process by which a research and design team employed a transdisciplinary, participatory approach to develop a game-based prevention tool aimed at tackling commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Given the complexity of CSEC, this project moves away from traditional methodologies, and presents an interactive, experientially-based approach to reducing the stigmatization of child victims and increasing empathic feelings on behalf of community members. Months of formative research, game development, and findings of in-depth analysis will be shared.

    Through engaging in a simulated, role-playing safe space participants gain a deeper understanding of the risk factors and reporting mechanisms of CSEC. By creating a space where participants can think ‘as someone else,’ this CSEC prevention game (Play if Safe) allows for both solution-based dialogue to emerge and new avenues for collaboration to be explored for prevention, service provision, and data reporting of CSEC.

    Beyond learning about Play if Safe, participants will have an opportunity to work alongside others in a mini game development sessions centered on their own area of interest within the larger umbrella of CSEC.

  • Liked Linda Thomas
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    Linda Thomas / Jeanne Allert - Assumptions vs. Realities in Long-Term Survivor Care

    90 Mins
    Case Study
    Advanced

    The Samaritan Women has been providing comprehensive, long-term residential care for female victims of domestic sex trafficking and childhood sexual abuse for 10 years. This session presents a composite of the extensive data they have accumulated from intake, clinical and psychological assessments, case management, service providers, and client progress notes. The session will focus on how that data has challenged their assumptions about survivor needs and informed program architecturew and services.

  • Liked Wonbin Her
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    Wonbin Her / Charles Hounmenou - Scope and Characteristics of commercial sexual exploitation of children in Southeast Asia: A Review of Literature

    45 Mins
    Poster Presentation
    Beginner

    Sex trafficking of children, known today as commercial sexual exploitation of children(CSEC), is highly prevalent in Southeast Asia. The largest number of victims trafficked annually in the world comes from this region. This study examines distinctive aspects of CSEC in the region and research-related issues. A total of 69 studies were selected and reviewed for the purpose of this paper. The reviewed literature shows child prostitution and child sex tourism as the most prevalent forms of CSEC in Southeast Asia. Poverty was the major pushing and pulling factor of CSEC in the region. Southeast Asia is one of the globe's biggest child sex tourism hot spots due to the limited enforcement of child protection policies in the 11 countries in the region. Most studies on CSEC in the region focused more on the prevalence of CSEC than on consequences of the problem on victims. There was little research done on issues of mental health of victims. There was also limited research on the prevalence of CSEC among boys and LGBTQ youth. In addition, the reviewed literature showed the following: more qualitative research than quantitative and mixed methods studies; substantial number of conceptual articles on CSEC lacking focus on specific issues affecting child victims of CSEC; number of studies lacked details on research designs and recruitment strategies. Additionally, ethical issues in research about CSEC in the region were not identified or discussed in most of the reviewed literature. Social, cultural and economic environments of the problem were reviewed. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

  • Liked Youngbee Dale
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    Youngbee Dale - Beyond Massage Parlors: Exposing the Korean Sex Market in the U.S.

    45 Mins
    Original Research
    Advanced

    This presentation exposes the Korean sex market beyond massage parlors. In the past, the U.S. anti-trafficking efforts have heavily focused on combating massage parlors to fight Korean sex trafficking in the U.S. The presentation will illuminate changing trafficking techniques, victim characteristics, and new brothel models used by traffickers in response to changing cultural and policy trends taking place in the U.S. and South Korea. It will also present current challenges faced by the law enforcement and NGOs to fight Korean sex trafficking nationwide. Lastly, it offers recommendations to fight the Korean sex market in the U.S. more effectively.

  • Liked Pamela J. Pine
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    Pamela J. Pine - Joining Together in a Global Movement toward the Prevention and Mitigation of Child Sexual Abuse and Trafficking: Developing and Maintaining Partnerships and Enhancements of Collaboration

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Given the relationship between child sexual abuse (CSA) and trafficking (i.e., children who are trafficked are often abused before they are trafficked given that they are on the streets, easily manipulated due to their need for money and food and shelter, and are therefore easy prey), and the fact that prevention, treatment, and mitigation are going to take fundamental efforts in collaboration on many levels, this session will look at how those working on all aspects of these issues - on the front lines, on strategy and logistics, on policy, on outreach and education, on training, on enforcement, etc. - can all work better and best together, locally, nationally and internationally, to prevent and mitigate CSA and trafficking.

    This session will outline some of the basics and details of making and maintaining connections and networks; agreeing on purpose, process, and gestalt; and carrying out movement toward a unified, concerted effort toward the prevention, treatment, and mitigation of CSA and trafficking. The partnership between Stop the Silence®: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (Stop the Silence®, www.stopthesilence.org) and Trust MYRIVR (http://www.myrivr.co.nz/) in New Zealand (an organization focused on the reporting and address of interpersonal violence through the availability of a free, downloadable app) and the model we are using, will be used to highlight the type of partnerships that can and should be developed to implement comprehensive programs. The partnership and programming has an emphasis on enabling government representatives, community members, and service providers in New Zealand to prevent CSA/trafficking and provide quality care for children, adolescents, and adults who have/may have been sexually abused. The presentation will also highlight: the possibilities for worldwide expansion, and the prevention/mitigation of the negative health consequences of CSA/trafficking and improve children’s, adolescents’, adults’ and societies’ well-being.

  • Liked Carlos Alberto Iglesias
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    Carlos Alberto Iglesias - Human Trafficking Sentinel Surveillance on Ex-Combatants from Illegal Armed Groups in Colombia

    60 Mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    One of the biggest challenges that the field of anti-human trafficking is facing is the lack of effective methods for victim identification. There are tools like hotlines, police investigations based on reports and training to relevant stakeholders but these fall short and many victims of trafficking are never found. To complement these actions it is necessary to implement surveillance systems among vulnerable populations such as migrants, agriculture and factory workers, fishermen, sex workers, internally displaced people and many other groups who are likely to experience or have experienced severe forms of exploitation. We propose the sentinel surveillance, a methodology borrowed from health sciences in order to track the prevalence, patterns and vulnerability factors among populations likely to encounter trafficking. This methodology has been applied before in the context of human trafficking by the UN at the Thai-Cambodian border to measure the prevalence of trafficking victims among Cambodians being deported from Thailand. This paper will explore the possibility of applying the methodology among demobilized combatants from illegal armed groups in Colombia with the hope of finding a relationship between recruitment into criminal gangs and human trafficking.

  • Liked Jessica Chen
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    Jessica Chen - A Study of Cross-Border Trafficking from Nepal to India

    30 Mins
    Original Research
    Beginner

    At the border between Nepal and India, citizens from the two countries are free to cross without being required to show identification. The porousness of the border has led to the flourishing of human trafficking from Nepal into India, as traffickers are able to transport individuals across the border unimpeded. In response, NGOs began setting up unofficial checkpoints along the border to intercept women and girls whom they believed were being trafficked. NGO staff watch for suspicious signs among travelers and question those they deem to be possible victims.

    Love Justice International is an NGO that currently operates 20 border-monitoring stations in Nepal, and this presentation offers an analysis of over five years of data collected by THN about trafficking activity from Nepal across its border with India. THN began its border-monitoring work in 2006 and has collected extensive data from thousands of intercepts, including demographics of the trafficking victims (such as age, gender, education, economic status, and employment background), motives for going abroad, recruitment methods, promises offered, relationships to traffickers, trafficking routes, and destinations. This presentation will identify trends and compare them with the prevailing understanding of human trafficking trends in Nepal. THN also facilitates the filing of legal cases against traffickers, and this presentation will do a case study of approximately 60 convictions to analyze: 1) what substantive and procedural factors may lead to a successful conviction for trafficking, a conviction for a lesser offense, or an acquittal; 2) what proportion of intercepts lead to legal action; and 3) the factors relevant to whether legal action is taken.

  • Liked Marina Charles
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    Marina Charles - From Victim to Survivor: Journey through the Cycle of Recovery in Guyana

    60 Mins
    Experience Report
    Advanced

    The Guyana Women Miners Organisation was launched on the 25th January, 2012. The organization addresses both the economic and social issues in Guyana, not to mention other critical areas, such as; health, environmental, social and safety conditions that affect women in the mining industry and ensure that all women who provide services to the mining industry.

    The GWMO’s Trafficking in Persons Unit was the first to conduct rescues in 2012, in a period that not even the government acknowledged that Trafficking in Persons existed in Guyana. The members of the TIP Unit bravely face rugged terrain and dangerous waters to be the beacon of hope for women and children, who are victims of trafficking in persons.

    Despite the prevalence of Trafficking in Persons there are still limits efforts being taken to educate the general public on Trafficking in Persons and the vital role they can play. Through the passion of my membership and guidance of our Executives, we continue to utilize our limited resources to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate victims.

    Our presentation will chronicle the organisation’s continuous journey, transforming victims into survivors. From the causes of their vulnerability, recruitment and trafficking ordeal, rescue, rehabilitation, the roles of law enforcement and the government and legislative efforts.

  • Liked Dominique Malebranche
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    Dominique Malebranche - Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: A Complex Trauma Treatment Approach for Survivors of Human Trafficking

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Extant literature suggests that more attention is needed to the development of therapeutic options designed specifically for survivors of human trafficking (APA, 2014). In particular, therapeutic models that use a somatic, experiential approach to intervention targeting complex trauma impacts may be more helpful than solely symptom reduction (APA, 2014; Choi, Klein, Shin & Lee, 2009; Hopper, 2017b; van der Kolk, 2014). Particularly, research suggests that trauma-focused group yoga increases self-compassion, and creates connection and community building on a mind-body-spirit level (Price et al., 2017; Clark et al., 2014; Crews, Stolz-Newton, & Grant, 2016) and reduces trauma and stress-related symptoms (van der Kolk, Stone, West, Rhodes, Emerson, Suvak, Spinazzola; 2014). This presentation introduces a structured body-based group intervention (STARS; Hopper et al., 2018) that has been designed to address complex trauma in survivors of human trafficking and integrates Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY). TCTSY incorporates yoga principles and practices and aims to support emotion regulation, stabilization, and skill building for adults with chronic, treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Consistent with complex trauma theory, results from STARS pilot programs found that experiential groups address the areas of a) Relationship, b) Regulation, and c) Self/identity. As a group intervention, the STARS model that integrated TCTSY provided a new way for survivors to be able to relate to one another and therefore to themselves and provided an approach to facilitate integration for survivors with complex trauma. Implications for clinical practice are discussed.

  • Liked Charles Hounmenou
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    Charles Hounmenou - Stakeholder Engagement in the Process of Research on Child Sex Trafficking in West Africa

    60 Mins
    Original Research
    Intermediate

    Whereas stakeholder engagement in policy implementation and service provisions to victims of human trafficking is substantially documented in the literature, there are almost no studies on stakeholder engagement in the process of research on this global problem. Yet, input from stakeholders is critical for most studies about human trafficking. Based on an international research study on child prostitution conducted in the West African region, the present paper examines the characteristics of stakeholders and the key ways they were engaged in the research process, from the preparatory stage to the translational stage. A total of 133 stakeholders in 13 major categories were involved in the research process. The paper shows how the involvement of various stakeholders in the development of the study helped improve the outcomes of the research, and most important, helped increase the likelihood of acceptance and dissemination of the findings. The paper also describes examples of implementation of the study findings by stakeholders and discusses implications for future research.

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