Human Trafficking in the USA: John O’Neill, Dispelling Myths Surrounding Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

Join us February 27, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm for a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards, the warning signs, what you can do to help. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees. TICKETS REQUIRED.

Introducing Speaker: John O’Neill

John O’Neill is a homicide prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Formerly a prosecutor in the Family Violence and Sexual Assault unit, O’Neill handled numerous high profile cases, including Marcus Comacho, dubbed the “Kensington Rapist”. Camacho faced three separate trials, the jury unable to reach a unanimous verdict until the third trial where he was convicted of three counts of rape, and sentenced to over 50 years in prison.

O’Neill’s passionate, empathetic approach to fighting for the victims on his cases extends beyond powerful advocacy in court. He also works tirelessly to ensure his victims are protected throughout the difficult and stressful trial process. He also went above and beyond for his victims with disabilities, who are even less likely to be comfortable expressing themselves in court, making sure their voices are heard.

Join us to hear O’Neill clarify the very engrained myths about prostitution and human trafficking during his talk, “How They Got There: dispelling myths about prostitution and sex trafficking”.

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