Tickets are now available for one of ATI’s most exciting annual offerings—the Anti-Trafficking Conference! This year’s event will be completely virtual and allow you to watch all 13 informative presentations from the comfort of your home anytime between January 29 and February 28. Our line-up of expert speakers and topics will provide youth, parents, guardians, and community members with the tools to keep you and your loved ones safe from exploitation.
Who should attend?
Youth, parents, teachers, and those on the frontlines of combatting human trafficking. Bring your questions and join us from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Visit www.antitraffickingconference.org to register and learn more.
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Let’s Talk: What About the Buyers? Fighting Human Trafficking by Fighting Demand
Description: Children in our communities and all over the world are at risk of being trafficked every day. But we could make human trafficking much less a threat if we could stop people from buying sex. Valiant Richey, a global expert on human trafficking, joins us for a conversation about how communities, law enforcement, and political leaders can come together to stop the demand for human trafficking. This webinar, a must-attend for advocates, parents, law enforcement and policymakers, as well as civilian and businesses in the private sector, will focus on:
· Why we should focus on demand to stop sex trafficking;
· How to understand buyers;
· What states need to do to address demand; and
· How the United States compares to other countries on focusing on demand.
About our Featured Speaker, Val Richey: Valiant (Val) Richey is the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He represents the OSCE at the political level on anti-trafficking issues, and assists the 57 OSCE participating States in the development and implementation of anti-trafficking strategies and initiatives. His office also serves a co-ordinating function among OSCE structures and institutions involved in combating trafficking in human beings. Before joining the OSCE, Val worked for thirteen years as a prosecutor in Seattle handling sexual assault, child exploitation, and human trafficking cases. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in political science from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington.
Let’s Talk Back to School Basics: Childproofing our Communities from Human Trafficking
Description: As we go back into physical classrooms, social dynamics have shifted. Old friends have lost touch. New friendships were forged online. Social anxieties are intensified. Our children are likely meeting different people in person for the first time.
These are great opportunities for our children to expand their friendships. They also create new opportunities for traffickers to exploit our children’s weaknesses. How do we keep our kids confident and safe as they go back into schools and new real-world hangouts?
Watch this session to learn more:
- How student behaviors today differ from student behaviors pre-pandemic.
- How social communication and engagement have fundamentally shifted.
- What behaviors could be a reason for concern.
- How parents can most effectively engage with their schools to keep their children engaged and secure.
About our Featured Speaker, Dr. Stephanie Streat: Dr. Streat is a school social worker with over 20 years of experience in the public school system in Virginia. She has also worked in the Fairfax County Juvenile Court as a probation counselor in a residential setting. Dr. Streat earned her doctoral degree from Walden University in social work with a specialization in disaster, crisis and intervention. Her research was related to domestic minor sex trafficking and social work. She is currently a contributing faculty member in the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs at Walden University. Dr. Streat has a passion for working to eradicate human trafficking through prevention and intervention strategies.
The Deadly Intersection Between Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis
Description: The opioid crisis continues to impact every community in America. Traffickers often use drugs and addiction as tools to control and manipulate victims. Anti-Trafficking International invites you to attend this special online event to learn about the dangerous – and often deadly – relationship between human trafficking and opioids. Join us as author and survivor leader Barbara Amaya reads from her award-winning book Nobody’s Girl: A Memoir of Lost Innocence, Modern Day Slavery & Transformation. Who should attend? Medical experts, first responders, parents, teachers, substance abuse counselors, and community leaders who want to understand what human trafficking survivors experience, and how to spot someone who is being trafficked while struggling with addiction.
Time: August 5, 2021 8 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Let’s Talk: Human Trafficking in the Age of COVID
Description: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of students around the nation are not yet attending school for in-person, full-time instruction. With greater downtime, as well as more time spent online, they’re left open to increased vulnerabilities.
Bill Woolf, Anti-Trafficking International’s founder and U.S. Department of Justice Director of Human Trafficking Programs, joined us for a discussion about how the Covid-19 pandemic has put our teens at risk.
– an analysis of the current state of human trafficking during the pandemic
– the increased risk factors associated with the lockdowns
– tips for keeping young people safe while online during this time
– warning signs and red flags that a young person might be being groomed for trafficking