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Breakout Sessions


2014 Human Trafficking Summit

 

October 9-10, 2014
Tampa, Florida
University of South Florida
Marshall Student Center


Breakout Session A

Pimp My Life: the Scope of Juvenile Sex Trafficking in America

Elizabeth Scaife, Shared Hope International

This workshop will analyze the profiles and vulnerability factors of domestic minor sex trafficking victims along with recruitment and grooming tactics used by traffickers nationwide. The presenter will review terminology and rules associated with pimping subcultures, as well as case studies on traffickers and buyers, providing tips on how to identify and interact with minor victims of sexual exploitation. Attendees will receive a comprehensive perspective on the victimization of America’s children through commercial sex enterprises. 

Target Audience: General   

Human Trafficking for Law Enforcement

Co-Presenters: Detective James McBride, Clearwater Police Department; Dewey Williams, Deputy Police Chief (Ret.), Clearwater Police Department

Det. McBride and Deputy Police Chief Williams will lay the foundation for law enforcement officials to correctly identify human trafficking in its various forms and equip them with tools to conduct meaningful investigations.

Target Audience: Law Enforcement 

Case Study: United States v. Weylin O. Rodriguez

Co-Presenters: Special Agent Gregory Christopher, FBI; Det. James Edmundson, Orange County Sheriff's Office

Join us as we look at an investigative and prosecutorial case study on U.S. v. Weylin Rodriguez. Rodriguez was a violent pimp who kidnapped and forced minor and adult women into prostitution. Rodriguez is the first defendant in the state of Florida to be sentenced to life for human trafficking.

Target Audience: General   

Forensic Interviews of Victims of Human Trafficking

Crystal Gregory, Homeland Security Investigations

This workshop will discuss strategies for interviewing victims of human trafficking. As no two victims are alike, each needs special consideration and preparation before a successful interview can occur. This session will explore pre-interview considerations, interactions with human trafficking victims, and the art of presenting evidence during human trafficking interviews.

Target Audience: CPT Case Coordinators, DCF Child Protective Investigators, Guardian Ad Litem, Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Detectives, Child Advocacy Center Staff, Prosecutors.

And Boys Too

Norene Roberts, ECPAT-USA

Attention to commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the U.S. has increased significantly with passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and its subsequent reauthorizations. Understandably, most of the focus of law enforcement, government, media, policy makers, service providers, researchers, and funders has been on commercial sexual exploitation of girls (CSEG). Commercially sexually exploited boys (CSEB), on the other hand, who may be considered too few to be counted or not in need of help or services, has registered as a barely visible blip on the radar. The little attention paid to boys has focused on them as exploiters, pimps and buyers of sexual services or as active participants in sex work—not as victims or survivors.  In this session, Ms. Roberts will dive into the world of sexually exploited boys.

Target Audience: General   

OVERVIEW OF H.E.AT. WATCH MODEL 

Maia Sciupac, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office

Participants will learn about the 5-point strategy to combat the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), used in Alameda County, California. The 5-point strategy includes: 1) Law Enforcement Training; 2) Aggressive Prosecution of Offenders; 3) Engaging Policymakers and Lawmakers; 4) Coordinating Services for Victims; and 5) Raising Community Awareness.

Target Audience: General


Breakout Session B

Human Trafficking Investigations and the Use of Drugs as a Means of Coercion 

Co-Presenters: Detective James McBride, Clearwater Police Department and Special Agent Bill Williger, Homeland Security Investigations

Detective McBride and Special Agent Williger will discuss a recent Florida case in which a Lutz man, who used drugs and threats to get women to prostitute themselves, was sentenced to 33 years in federal prison. The suspect was convicted of five counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and three narcotics charges from his distributing of controlled substances to his victims. Come learn about this rare case in which no force was used and the victims in this case were United States citizens.


Target Audience: General

Labor Trafficking Investigations and Prosecutions Panel

Facilitator: Tyson Elliott, Department of Juvenile Justice

Panelists: Terry Coonan, Center for the Advancement of Human Rights; Maria Jose Fletcher; Susan French, Senior Staff Attorney, Human Trafficking Project, GWU International Human Rights Clinic, US Department of Justice (Ret.); Doug Molloy, Molloy Law LLC, former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney 

The panel will discuss the intricacies involved in investigating and prosecuting labor trafficking cases.

Target Audience: Law enforcement, legal professionals, child protective investigators and community members 

Runaway, Homeless, and Trapped- A panel discussion of the fault line between at-risk youth and sex trafficking.

Facilitator: John Robertson, Florida Network of Youth and Family Services

Panelists: Dr. Tracy Salem, Youth and Family Services Division Manager, Orange County; Danielle Husband - Shelter Director, Youth and Family Alternatives- RAP House; Teresa Clove- Executive Director, Thaise Educational and Exposure Tours; James Myles-Executive Director, Mt. Bethel Community Foundation, Pinellas County

Join moderator John Robertson of the Florida Network, and a panel of leaders from Florida’s front lines of prevention for a frank look at how ungovernable youth at-risk of truancy, homelessness, and running away become victims of sex trafficking and crimes of exploitation. The audience will be encouraged to submit questions and contribute to the dialogue as we examine what works, what doesn’t and what Florida is doing to stop the flow of children from unmet needs to exploitation.

Target Audience: General

Forensic Interviews of Victims of Human Trafficking (Repeated from Session A)

Crystal Gregory, Homeland Security Investigations

This workshop will discuss strategies for interviewing victims of human trafficking. As no two victims are alike, each needs special consideration and preparation before a successful interview can occur. This session will explore pre-interview considerations, interactions with human trafficking victims, and the art of presenting evidence during human trafficking interviews.

Target Audience: CPT Case Coordinators, DCF Child Protective Investigators, Guardian Ad Litem, Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Detectives, Child Advocacy Center Staff, Prosecutors.

Understanding and Treating Sexually Exploited Girls 

Co-Presenters: Kristin Stablein, Chrysalis Health and Sarah Gillespie Cummings, Broward Sheriff’s Office

This session will discuss victim identification strategies and deepen attendees’ understanding of the various psychological effects of sex trafficking on girls. Clinical areas to be explored include the effects of trauma on development, the continuum from victim to aggressor, the sexual abuse continuum, strategies for becoming trustworthy adults to adult wary children and how the Stages of Change are useful in the treatment resistant youth.

Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals and Service Providers



Breakout Session C

Using Cybertools in Human Trafficking Investigations (Closed for Law Enforcement only) *Must show LE ID to attend

Presenter: Agent Mike Duffey, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

During this block of instruction participants will be presented with different online tools and resources that will assist them in conducting the “online” side of HT investigations. Included in this block will be tips on using social media, using image analysis to identify organized postings and the value of searching online posting sites.

Target Audience: General   

Pimp My Life: the Scope of Juvenile Sex Trafficking in America

Elizabeth Scaife, Shared Hope International

This workshop will analyze the profiles and vulnerability factors of domestic minor sex trafficking victims along with recruitment and grooming tactics used by traffickers nationwide. The presenter will review terminology and rules associated with pimping subcultures, as well as case studies on traffickers and buyers, providing tips on how to identify and interact with minor victims of sexual exploitation. Attendees will receive a comprehensive perspective on the victimization of America’s children through commercial sex enterprises. 

Target Audience: General   

Legal Representation of Victims

Facilitator: Terry Coonan, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights

Panelists: Susan French, Senior Staff Attorney, Human Trafficking Project, GWU International Human Rights Clinic; Kathlyn Mackojvak, Immigration Attorney; Alex Olivares, Florida Gulf Coast University; Doug Molloy, Molloy Law LLC, former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney

This panel of attorneys who prosecute traffickers, represent survivors, and utilize state and federal anti-trafficking laws will discuss the current legal system and how attorneys can represent victims of human trafficking.

Target Audience: Attorneys, law students, and the community 

Sex Trafficking Investigations and Prosecutions Panel

Facilitator: Tyson Elliott, Human Trafficking Director, Department of Juvenile Justice

Panelists: Sgt. Patrick Guckian, Orlando Police Department; Special Agent Gregory Christopher, FBI; Special Agent Jose Rameriz, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

This panel will discuss the intricacies involved in investigating and prosecuting sex trafficking cases.

Target Audience: Law enforcement, legal professionals, child protective investigators, and community members   

Domestic Servitude

Regina Bernadin, International Rescue Committee

In this session, Ms. Bernadin will explore the issue of domestic servitude, how to recognize signs of victimization, and what to do if you suspect someone is in servitude.

Target Audience: General

OVERVIEW OF H.E.AT. WATCH MODEL 

Maia Sciupac, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office

Participants will learn about the 5-point strategy to combat the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), used in Alameda County, California. The 5-point strategy includes: 1) Law Enforcement Training; 2) Aggressive Prosecution of Offenders; 3) Engaging Policymakers and Lawmakers; 4) Coordinating Services for Victims; and 5) Raising Community Awareness.

Target Audience: General


Breakout Session D

Sex, Money and Gangs- Identifying and Responding to a New Class of Victims, Part 1

Elizabeth Scaife, Shared Hope International

Traditionally focused on drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises, gangs across the nation have discovered that sex trafficking yields higher profits with less risk. This presentation will reveal the scope of gang-involved sex trafficking in America, focusing on gang dynamics and indoctrination, recruitment and control tactics used against victims. The presenter will highlight the differences between pimp and gang-controlled trafficking cases through case studies on victims and perpetrators.

Target Audience: General

Task Force Development - Closed Session

Dewey Williams, Deputy Police Chief (Ret.), Clearwater Police Department

This workshop will provide information on creating a new human trafficking task force and tips on enhancing the functionality of an existing task force.  The Task Force concept in this workshop is based upon the Department of Justice Anti-Trafficking Task Force model, which emphasizes a multi-agency, multidisciplinary collaborative effort of law enforcement officials and victim service providers. The goal of the task force is to provide the broadest range of services and resources for victims and the most diverse range of investigation and prosecution options in response to perpetrators.  Achieving that goal, however, requires what is often a new level of cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement and non-governmental organizations.  Topics will include implementation strategies, overcoming obstacles, lessons learned, the importance of partnerships, structure of task force meetings, task force leadership, and the importance of training.

Target Audience: This session is only available for Task Force leadership and Law Enforcement

And Boys Too (Repeated from Session A)

Norene Roberts, ECPAT-USA

Attention to commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the U.S. has increased significantly with passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and its subsequent reauthorizations. Understandably, most of the focus of law enforcement, government, media, policy makers, service providers, researchers, and funders has been on commercial sexual exploitation of girls (CSEG). Commercially sexually exploited boys (CSEB), on the other hand, who may be considered too few to be counted or not in need of help or services, have registered as a barely visible blip on the radar. The little attention paid to boys has focused on them as exploiters, pimps and buyers of sexual services or as active participants in sex work—not as victims or survivors.  Come here Ms. Roberts discuss this fascinating and informative look into the world of sexually exploited boys.

Target Audience: General   

Understanding and Treating Sexually Exploited Girls (Repeated from Session B)

Co-Presenters: Kristin Stablein, Chrysalis Health and Sarah Gillespie Cummings, Broward Sheriff’s Office

This session will discuss victim identification strategies and deepen attendees’ understanding of the various psychological effects of sex trafficking on girls. Clinical areas to be explored include the effects of trauma on development, the continuum from victim to aggressor, the sexual abuse continuum, strategies for becoming trustworthy adults to adult wary children and how the Stages of Change are useful in the treatment resistant youth.

Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals and Service Providers

Profile Comparison: Adolescent Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation vs. Sexually Abused Adolescents: A Pilot Study Part 1

Dawn Thompson, Kristi House

This presentation will define sex trafficking and the dynamics involved in the recruitment and exploitation. This presentation will also assess and compare psychopathology between two groups: Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and non-commercially exploited sexually abused children.  

Target Audience: Service Providers



Breakout Session E

Sex, Money and Gangs- Identifying and Responding to a New Class of Victims, Part 2

Elizabeth Scaife, Shared Hope International

Following up to the previous session, this presentation will highlight the challenges associated with investigation, prosecution and therapeutic response in gang-involved sex trafficking cases, providing tips to mitigate them. The presenter will discuss the importance of collaboration and a victim-centered approach.

Target Audience: General

Runaway, Homeless, and Trapped- A panel discussion of the fault line between at-risk youth and sex trafficking (Repeated from session B)

Facilitator: John Robertson, Florida Network of Youth and Family Services

Panelists: Dr. Tracy Salem, Youth and Family Services Division Manager, Orange County; Danielle Husband - Shelter Director, Youth and Family Alternatives- RAP House; Teresa Clove- Executive Director, Thaise Educational and Exposure Tours; James Myles-Executive Director, Mt. Bethel Community Foundation, Pinellas County

Join moderator John Robertson of the Florida Network, and a panel of leaders from Florida’s front lines of prevention for a frank look at how ungovernable youth at-risk of truancy, homelessness, and running away become victims of sex trafficking and crimes of exploitation. The audience will be encouraged to submit questions and contribute to the dialogue as we examine what works, what doesn’t and what Florida is doing to stop the flow of children from unmet needs to exploitation.

Target Audience: General

Profile Comparison: Adolescent Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation vs. Sexually Abused Adolescents: A Pilot Study Part 2

Dawn Thompson, Kristi House

This presentation will define sex trafficking and the dynamics involved in the recruitment and exploitation. This presentation will also assess and compare psychopathology between two groups: Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and non-commercially exploited sexually abused children.  

Target Audience: Service Providers

Labor Trafficking Services/Prevention

Facilitator: Alex Olivares

Panelists: Laura Germino, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Susan French, Senior Staff Attorney, Human Trafficking Project, GWU International Human Rights Clinic, US Department of Justice (Ret.); Maria Jose Fletcher; Kathlyn Mackojvak; Regina Bernadin, International Rescue Committee 

This session will explore the types of services needed to address the range of issues labor trafficking survivors face, the current gaps in Florida’s services, and what the community can do to help.

Target Audience: Potential providers, philanthropies and community members 


DCF/DJJ Collaborating to Identify & Serve HT Survivors (Closed Session for DJJ and DCF Staff)

Co-Presenters: Tyson Elliott, Department of Juvenile Justice; Kim Grabert, Department of Children and Families