Central Valley 8th Annual Conference on Human Trafficking

Fresno EOC’s Central Valley Against Human Trafficking project hosted the 8th Annual “Be Free” Conference on Human Trafficking on Monday, April 3, 2017. The conference explored 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 was 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. 


Sandra Morgan-Keynote Speaker
Sandra Morgan, RN, PhD

Opening Statements
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Keynote Speaker: Sandra Morgan, RN, PhD
Director, Global Center for Women and Justice
Vanguard University (Click for Bio)
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Opening Session: Justice Roundtable
Local and Federal Law Enforcement, Prosecutors 

Workshop 1.1: The Intersection of Child Welfare and Human Trafficking: This workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and child labor trafficking. Participants will be educated on the recruiting tactics of traffickers, challenges to breaking free, and the services available to victims and survivors. Additionally, the session will explore the intersection with the Child Welfare system, and share collaborative resources available to primary and secondary victims, as well as the integration of care to include family members and/or support persons. View Presentation

Workshop 1.2: Identifying Trafficking in LGBTQ Communities: This workshop explores the realities, complexities and impacts of human trafficking within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, & Questioning community. It will explore the heightened vulnerabilities of youth and how service providers and community members alike can promote cultural sensitivity, by generating increased access to resources. View Presentation

Workshop 1.3: Investigative Trends in Labor Trafficking: This session will provide participants with a basic framework of labor trafficking by defining how a victim is assessed and identified, discussing means of recruitment and methods by which traffickers gain and maintain control. Further discussion will center on the specific investigative methods utilized to secure a successful prosecution of a perpetrator. Case studies will address vulnerabilities and barriers involved in serving non-citizen clients, available resources and potential legal provisions for immigration relief. View Presentation

Workshop 1.4: Framework to Understanding Modern Day Slavery: This workshop is an introduction to the issue of human trafficking that addresses how through prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships individuals can collectively combat human trafficking on a grassroots level. The session explores the realities, complexities and impacts of the issue within a local and global framework. View Presentation

Networking Lunch
Lunch is provided and take time to visit the resource fair booths

Workshop 2.1: Integrative Practices: Trauma Informed Care for Survivors: This session provides an integrative framework for engaging Trauma Informed Care (an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma), in serving survivors of human trafficking. The session will emphasize the physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and explore how service providers can assist survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. Participants will learn basic trauma informed practices to utilize when working with survivors of human trafficking. View Presentation

Workshop 2.2: Identifying Trafficking in LGBTQ Communities: This workshop explores the realities, complexities and impacts of human trafficking within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, & Questioning community. It will explore the heightened vulnerabilities within youth and how service providers and community members alike can promote cultural sensitivity, by generating increased access to resources. View Presentation

Workshop 2.3: Solutions to Address Demand, Johns and Conscious Consumerism: This workshop will discuss the central elements of supply and demand in fueling the exploitation of individuals for sex and/or labor in our local and global economies. Models to address the “buying of sex” will be addressed in addition to exploring positive solutions through conscious consumerism. View Presentation

Workshop 2.4: Pathways to Freedom: Finding Hope Through Immigration Assistance: This session will provide an in-depth overview into immigration relief for non-citizen victims of labor/sex trafficking. Participants will be educated on available provisions of Continued Presence (CP), T-Visas, U-Visas and asylum. Q & A will allow participants to engage legal experts in discussion on case studies to address unique vulnerabilities and barriers involved in serving non-citizen clients (Recommended for participants who attended Workshop 1.3 Investigative Trends in Labor Trafficking) View Presentation

Closing Session: Survivor Engagement -“More Than a Story”
Hear from survivors
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