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

    15 Mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    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 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.

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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 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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    Charles Hounmenou - proposal submission - cancelled

    15 Mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Submission cancelled

  • Liked Amy E Rouleau
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    Amy E Rouleau - Sex Trafficking and Early Childhood Sexual Abuse; One Survivor’s Story and Restoration

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    This engaging journey will provide a greater understanding of how the foster care system, the human brain, and human trafficking are all connected. Amy’s personal testimony will leave you inspired and hopeful for a future without human trafficking.

    When a child experiences trauma, the developing brain has the capacity to shut down certain areas, to self-protect. As Amy explains the data and her own experience with abuse, severe disassociation, substance abuse, and cognitive issues, deeper systemic issues will unfold. While no child, or adult, is completely immune from the evils of human trafficking, those who have already experienced severe trauma are more likely to fall victim. Children in foster care, runaways, throwaways, and homeless are at a much greater risk of being trafficked than the typical child in America. Preventing human trafficking has proven to be a difficult endeavor, but do not lose hope. Through holistic approaches in mental health, early education, law enforcement, and foster care, intervention and restoration is possible.

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    Linda Thomas - Continuum of Care Model for Survivors of Domestic Sex Trafficking

    Linda Thomas
    Linda Thomas
    Public Relations
    The Samaritan Women
    schedule 8 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    Since 2007 The Samaritan Women has been building and refining its unique Continuum of Care Model for survivors of domestic sex trafficking. Under the direction of Jeanne Allert, this organization has emerged as one of the national leaders in long-term, restorative care. The Samaritan Women operates multiple locations in Maryland serving female victims from 19 different states and remains the only residential program for adult survivors in the state.

    This session takes attendees through TSW's process of creating a human services model where no prior model existed and for a population against which very little is known. Jeanne will share the clinical expertise and approaches to care that TSW has incorporated into its model and where TSW had to be truly innovative.

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