Human Trafficking Awareness Symposium
Friday, October 21, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Film: Sex + Money
See the human face of suffering where in our world, children are bought and sold, women ravaged for pocket change. The base of sex and money drives the global trade in human beings.
See also that the authors observed, in the midst of tragedy, remnants of strength, hope and dignity.
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 - 8:30 - Human Trafficking 101
Will help people understand what constitutes human trafficking, examples of human trafficking and ways they can assist identified victims.
Aubrey Terry has her Master's in Social work and is also a trained trauma resolution specialist at Women's Resource Agency. Aubrey has 13 years of nonprofit experience, working with populations affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health issues and poverty. Aubrey specializes in empowering women and girls to reach their goals and transform themselves regardless of the inequality they may face. Aubrey became involved in the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado two years ago. For the taskforce she sits on the steering committee, oversees the presentation committee, and delivers training to service and church groups throughout the city.
Symposium: Supply & Demand
7:30 - 8:45 Registration
9:00 - Opening
9:15 - 11:15 - Shared Hope International's Fight against Sex Trafficking
You will hear about the Protected Innocence Initiative, Do You Know Lacy?, and their fighting demand billboard campaign as well as other 'Demand' efforts.
Keynote Speaker: Linda Smith
Shared Hope International | President and Founder (U.S. Congress 1994-98)
Linda Smith is a leader in the global movement to end sex trafficking of women and children around the world and in the United States. In 1998, while still a member of the U.S. Congress, Linda traveled to Falkland Road in Mumbai, India-one of the worst brothel districts in the world. The hopeless faces of desperate women and children forced into prostitution compelled Linda to found Shared Hope International (SHI). SHI was established to support shelter and service creation for sex trafficking survivors using a comprehensive model for restoration
Under a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Linda and her team conducted field research in Jamaica, the Netherlands, Japan, and the U.S. to investigate the business model fueling the sex industry. These findings were compiled in the 2007 publication of the DEMAND. report and the production of the DEMAND documentary.
Since 2006, Linda and SHI have worked in partnership with human trafficking task forces in cities across the U.S. to provide research, training, and technical assistance. With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, SHI conducted four years of research on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)-the exploitation of American children through prostitution, pornography or sexual performance. In 2009, Linda presented the findings in The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America's Prostituted Children to Congress
In 2011, Linda commissioned a landmark initiative to assess every state's laws as they relate to or impact domestic minor sex trafficking. This project, the Protected Innocence Initiative, is a strategy to comprehensively combat child sex trafficking by identifying gaps in state laws and providing a blueprint for legislative action. Additionally, Linda designed an integrated training and awareness model, Do You Know Lacy?, aimed at educating a variety of audiences using a multi-dimensional approach.
As a foremost expert on international and domestic trafficking, Linda has spoken out against the trafficking of women and children in numerous Congressional hearings and in national and international forums, such as the World Conference on Trafficking and the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on the Protection of Children. Linda has participated in more than 300 media interviews, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, Dan Rather Reports, ABC News, the Dr. Phil show, O'Reilly Factor, and CBN. Linda received the 2009 Soroptimist: Making a Difference for Women Award and the 2010 Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women. Linda has been published in news outlets and journals around the world; including The New York Times, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the International Review of Penal Law, and the Regent University Law Review.
Her compassionate and uncompromising belief that every individual has dignity has carried her from advocating for permanent safe homes for children as the State Senate chair of the Children and Family Services Committee, to the halls of Congress, and ultimately to searching out victims in red light districts around the world. Linda and her husband, Vern, reside in Vancouver, Washington and are the proud parents of two and grandparents of six.
11:30 - 12:30 - First Breakout Session (Choose one of two)
1. Why Men Seek Anonymous Sex
This is a description of Denver's "John's School", with an emphasis on the underlying psychological and social factors that motivate men to seek anonymous encounters and sex with prostitutes.
Michael has conducted a Diversion Program through Denver's City Attorney's Office since 1997, doing individual assessment & intervention interviews with men arrested for soliciting prostitutes and men arrested for public indecency for sex with other men. He received his Master's in Social Work in 1972 from University of Washington. He has been In fulltime private practice since 1977 in Denver and was the recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
2. Colorado Springs Police Department and Human Trafficking
A first hand look at reality and the way we wish it was, supported by possible evidence of human trafficking and what we can do about it. Just what is the current outlook?
Officer Chris Burns is a 14 year veteran with the Colorado Springs Police Department. The majority of his service has been in uniformed patrol. He has also served as a Domestic Violence Detective, School Resource Officer, Gang Investigator, and worked as a Neighborhood Resource Officer in the Registered Sex Offender tracking unit. He is currently working to bring Human Trafficking investigation training to the CSPD.
In addition to his work with the CSPD he has served for 22 years in the Army and the Colorado National Guard. He is a veteran of the Iraq conflict and currently works at USNORTHCOM as a state level disaster exercise planner.
His professional interest in Human Trafficking extends beyond the local level. In addition to his work with the CSPD he has also studied Human Trafficking on the international level. He has traveled to numerous countries including Nepal, India, Thailand, Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands where he has observed human trafficking first-hand. Most recently he has assisted in working to develop a training curriculum for social workers in India who work with victims of human trafficking.
12:30 - 1:30 - LUNCH PROVIDED BY YWAM
1:30 - 2:30 - Second Breakout Session (Choose one of three)
1. Effective Legal Strategies to Combat Human Trafficking: The fundamentals of criminal law and deterrence.
A summary of current legal strategies with analysis of the fundamentals of criminal law. What is working, what is failing and why.
Beth Klein was born in Colorado Springs and is a nationally recognized trial attorney. She is a Colorado Superlawyer since its inception and was named one of the Top 500 Plaintiff's Lawyers in the United States. She has written and passed the 2010 and 2011 Human Trafficking Laws in Colorado. These laws brought human trafficking into organized crime prosecutions and have created a funding mechanism for police operations in a TABOR restricted state. She assisted with the writing and passage of the 2011 Human Trafficking Laws in Texas which raise human trafficking crimes to a felony one level and which create a state-wide transparent john's school program. She was a consultant for Sen. Montigny in Massachusetts to pass the omnibus human trafficking law in that State.. She will work with 27 state legislatures in 2012.
Beth is a former board member of the Somaly Mam Foundation and is on the National Steering Committee of Demand Abolition. She has written the book, "The Law of Human Trafficking in the United States." She advised Mu Sochua, the leader of the Opposition Party in Cambodia in drafting MOUs between nations in Southeast Asia to assist in stopping cross border human trafficking.
Beth was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Ewomen's News and was named along with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton as one of the 50 Women in the World that you want on your side. She is the recipient of the 2011 Georgia Imhoff Philanthropy Award for effective activism.
2. Identifying and Assisting Commercially Exploited Children
-Basic Background on Commercially Exploited Children/Sex Trafficking
-Violence and Pimp Culture
-Psychological/Emotional Impacts (Stockholm Syndrome & Trauma Bonds)
-Children at risk for recruitment/Pathways for recruitment
-Identifying Commercially Exploited Children
-First Contact/First Impressions (Screening Questions)
-How to work with commercially exploited children (best practices)
Anne Darr received her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University and two master degrees in Forensic Psychology and Counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to her employment with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), she was a mobile crisis counselor for Prince George's County Police in Maryland. She also worked as an outpatient sex offender therapist for the Augustus Institute in Alexandria, Virginia conducting assessments and individual/group therapy for both pre/post trial patients. In May 2008, her first office assignment in the FBI was in Anchorage, Alaska, where she covered the entire state as a Victim Specialist, serving victims of federal crime. She transferred to the Denver Division/Colorado Springs Resident Agency in September 2010 as a Victim Specialist and cover red Southern Colorado including Pueblo, Durango (Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservations), Grand Junction, and Glenwood Springs Resident Agencies. She was a mentor for two new Victim Specialists and was elected by her peers as Chair of the Victim Specialist Working Group, which represents all Victim Specialists Bureau-wide. In September, 2011 she transferred up to the Denver office and currently covers the entire state of Colorado for victims of federal crime. She is currently on the Innocence Lost Task Force, which partners with both local and federal law enforcement to combat human trafficking. She was one of eleven team members, who were awarded the Director's Award from the United States Attorney's Office for Best Performance by a Litigative Team, which was presented by Attorney General Eric Holder this past December in Washington, DC.
3. The Power of Purchase: How buying ethically contributes to the end of slavery.
In this break-out session we will explore the relationship of how the "stuff" we consume everyday impacts slavery both in this nation and others around the world. As extreme poverty is one of the leading causes of human trafficking today, it is imperative that in addressing slavery issues we examine this root cause. The low prices we are accustomed to paying as consumers in America demands a very high price from others resulting in child labor tainting our chocolate and 75% of clothing available in the US made utilizing sweat labor. Low wages or no wages mean laborers and farmers remain indebted, unable to plan for the future, and stuck in a cycle of poverty - tempted to employ slave labor in order to survive or at risk of being trafficked themselves. In finding a better way to purchase and becoming educated consumers, we create opportunities for producers all over the world to earn a fair and dignified wage, thus reducing the risk of entire families being trafficked due to poverty and demand for cheap labor. In addition we will examine organizations providing a way out of forced labor within the sex industry through fair-trade business opportunities in Cambodia, Thailand, and India.
Sarah Ray is President of Yobel International, Co-founder of Yobel Market LLC., and Graduate Suma Cum Laude with honors of Drury University, BA in Religious Studies with Spanish and Global Studies minors. After many months spent in travel and service within the developing world, Sarah founded an international justice organization and fair-trade initiative, Yobel Market, in 2008. With a history of ministry and service work through Young Life and the local church, Sarah cultivated a desire to see individuals set free from oppression and captivity all over the world. She now resides in Divide, CO with her husband of 5 years, Brian Ray and works full-time with Yobel Market, a local justice organization and fair trade boutique seeking to empower developing communities through business opportunity and equitable trade as well as educate American consumers about the power of purchasing ethically.
2:40 - 4:00 - Final Session
Deconstructing the Demand for Human Trafficking
Demand for human trafficking is complex and can be highly contentious. We will share different ways in which supply and demand have been discussed within the anti-human trafficking movement and current efforts underway in Colorado.
Executive Director LCHT, Colorado Project Program Coordinator
Amanda Finger has volunteered and worked in the anti-trafficking movement, both in Washington, DC and Colorado, since 2003. With Dr. AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, Ms. Finger is the co-founder of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT), formerly Polaris Project Colorado. Currently, Ms. Finger is the Executive Director of LCHT, overseeing training and outreach programs, assisting with research and leadership development activities. Since 2005, Ms. Finger has worked in Colorado to increase education and raise public awareness of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children, mentored volunteers and 57 interns through LCHT's Leadership Development Program. She received a Master's of Arts in International Human Rights and a Certificate in Global Health Affairs from the Josef Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver. Prior to her anti-trafficking work in Colorado, Ms. Finger focused on women's health and advocacy in Washington, DC, and international studies, including conducting field research in South Africa on human trafficking and health services. She served two years as an Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Women's Studies and Services at Metropolitan State College of Denver, teaching Human Trafficking and Women's Health courses.
4:00 - Closing
Review 'Call to Actions' - what are you going to do??