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Central Valley 11th Annual Conference on Human Trafficking

Fresno EOC Central Valley Against Human Trafficking project will host the 11th Annual Conference on Human Trafficking Be Free: Empowerment & Beyond on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The conference will explore a multi-disciplinary approach to regional partnerships, identification and recovery for victims of human trafficking in the Central Valley. The regional conference is open to the general public and an opportunity for concerned citizens, victim service providers, public, legal and medical professionals, law enforcement and government agencies, social workers, embassy and consulate staff, faith and business leaders to be informed and congregate to support rights for victims and survivors.

Conference will be held in Fresno at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Fresno Convention Center (2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721)

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Jeremy Hardy, Keynote Speaker
Jeremy Hardy, Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Bio

Jeremy Hardy

Men Can Stop Rape, Training and Technical Assistance Manager

Jeremy Hardy facilitates Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) award-winning primary prevention trainings, workshops and projects as well as community conversations with professionals, students and community members both domestically and internationally. Jeremy brings a wealth of experience to MCSR as a former Peer Educator, Campus Climate and Qualitative Researcher, and scholarship Student-Athlete with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Goucher College. Using his knowledge and experience, he designs and creates new training content emphasizing social and emotional intelligence and mental health approaches to engaging boys and men. His expertise helps communities use effective initiatives to mobilize men in the primary prevention of men’s violence against women, producing sustainable, measurable outcomes at every level of the social-ecological model.

Mr. Hardy also conducts and coordinates MCSR’s nationally recognized three-day Healthy Masculinity Training Institute (HMTI), which is the nation’s most comprehensive healthy masculinity training for professionals from around the world.

A native to Brooklyn, NY, Jeremy now resides in DC and produces music, plays soccer and studies Psychology in his free time.

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8:30 AM Registration Opens

9:00 AM Opening Session with Keynote Speaker Jeremy Hardy of Men Can Stop Rape "Where Healthy Masculinity & Primary Prevention Intersect: Men Preventing Violence"
Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) is internationally recognized for its approach to positively engaging men in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. During the past 22 years MCSR has reached more than 200 million men and boys through its pioneering youth development programs, public education campaigns, trainings, and presentations.

In the public health approach to violence prevention, the first step is raising awareness. While there is a growing awareness among men about the widespread nature of men’s violence against women, slow to catch up is the appropriate next step: how to stop it. Men Can Stop Rape’s Healthy Masculinity Approach toward primary prevention is about stopping the violence before it starts by replacing unhealthy masculinity’s harmful attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors connected to a "less than" perspective with healthy masculinity’s prosocial norms, We know that the vast majority of men are not violent, and yet the majority of sexual violence and exploitation occurs at the hands of men. This keynote presentation will discuss how Men Can Stop Rape constructively uses healthy masculinity to engage men and boys in preventing all forms of gender-based violence at every level of the social-ecological model and environmental change model.

11:15 AM Workshop Session 1

  • 1.1 Framework to Understand Modern Day Slavery: Human Trafficking 101
    Evelyn Gonzalez and Jacqui Cardona, Case Manager/Advocates, Fresno EOC Central Valley Against Human Trafficking
  • 1.2 “Ending the Game”- curriculum for those coming out of “the Life”
  • 1.3 Understanding Trauma
    Shari Marquez, LMFT, Clinical DirectorRape Counseling Services of Fresno
  • 1.4 Taskforce Building
    Miiko Anderson, Deputy District Attorney, Fresno County District Attorney’s Office and Sean Biggs, Sergeant Fresno Police Department Vice/Intel Unit

12:15 PM Networking Lunch and Resource Fair
Lunch is provided with registration. Take time to visit the resource and informational booths.

2:00 PM Workshop Session 2

  • 2.1 Framework to Understand Modern Day Slavery: Human Trafficking 101
    Evelyn Gonzalez and Jacqui Cardona, Case Manager/Advocates, Fresno EOC Central Valley Against Human Trafficking
  • 2.2 Understanding Domestic Servitude
    Melissa Gomez, Human Trafficking Field Expert Consultant
  • 2.3 Teens, Technology and Trafficking
    Christa Weins, Prevention Coordinator, Central Valley Justice Coalition
  • 2.4 Data in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Methods & Opportunities
    Dr. Randy White, Director, Fresno Pacific University - Center for Community Transformations

3:15 PM Closing Session: Secondary Trauma and Self Care – Jana Price Sharps, LMFT

4:15 PM Adjourn

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