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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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Human Trafficking in the USA: Tina Frundt, Sex Trafficking in the USA, a Survivor’s Perspective

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: Tina Frundt

Tina Frundt, a survivor of human trafficking, and Frederick Douglass Award winner, is the founder of Courtney’s House, which searches for children forced into sex trafficking, brings them in to a safe environment free from the trafficking, and aims to educate and train communities and officials about the realities  of sex trafficking that happens in our own backyards.

At Courtney’s House they provide a safe space for survivors, as well as services to help them recover and heal, and utilizing methods that have been proven successful in the trauma recovery of U.S. children and teens who were victims of domestic sex trafficking as minors. The Survivor’s Corner features art and poetry from survivors who are going through this recovery process at Courtney’s House, and is a powerful testament to Frundt’s incredible and compassionate work.

We are excited to introduce Frundt as one of our speakers at the February 27 anti-trafficking event. She will be speaking about her experiences with trafficking, both at the survivor and service provider levels. To learn more visit her blog, Tina’s Voice.

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Human Trafficking in the USA: Dr. Mary Anne Layden, The Permission Giving Beliefs of Male Sexual Demand

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: Mary Anne Layden

Dr. Mary Anne Layden, Ph D, is a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program. She specializes in the treatment of victims and perpetrators of sexual violence and sexual addiction.

Dr. Layden has appeared on television, and is a highly respected commentator on the effects of prostitution and the international trafficking of women in prostitution. Dr. Layden has testified before the U.S. Congress on five occasions in relation to issues of sexual violence, the sexual exploitation industry and the media. She has also lectured extensively both in the US and abroad on Cognitive Therapy, Personality Disorders particularly Borderline Personality Disorder, childhood sexual trauma, sexual addiction, sexual exploitation industry and imagery techniques. She has written numerous chapters on Cognitive Therapy especially on treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Layden’s focus on the demand side of sex trafficking is based in her clinical work with johns (the men who pay for sex). We are proud to introduce her talk about the beliefs surrounding male sexual demand and their contribution to the commercial sexual exploitation of sex trafficking in the United States.

For more on her work and her perspective on treating the demand side of the issue, read her special feature at News Weekly, “The human cost of sexual exploitation.”

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Sex Trafficking in the USA – Speaker Series 02/27/14, 12:30pm

Did you know you don’t have to be transported anywhere to be “trafficked”? That human trafficking happens all over the world, to people from countries all over the world, including right here in the United States? Visit the event page for full details on tickets! And join the Facebook event page to receive updates and speaker profiles!

Join usfor a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about warning signs, what you as a good samaritan can do, and the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees. TICKETS REQUIRED.

Date: February 27, 2014

Time: 12:30 to 5:30 pm 

Location: Shusterman Hall, Temple University (1801 N Broad Street)

Food: coffee, light refreshments, and cocktail reception after the event

Tickets: $10 at door; for continuing legal education credits, $100 ticket.

The talks are designed to discuss various aspects of human trafficking in nuanced detail and from multiple perspectives. Some talks will indirectly converse with one another and provide for fruitful discussion during the discussion breaks, at which speakers will be present, mingling with the audience members.

Visit the event web page for a full schedule, and stay tuned for posts introducing each of our speakers, their fields of expertise, and the topics about which they will be speaking. But, grab your ticket today!

Experts from service professionals, survivors of trafficking, to attorneys and law enforcement officers, will provide compelling and engaging talks about their work. This conference will focus exclusively on domestic human trafficking within the United States, including perspectives from survivors, clinicians who work with the johns, and law enforcement officials detailing the investigative side of these cases and the overlap in content and issues with other gender-based violence issues. Speakers will also delve into nuances experienced in the LGBTQ communities and the trafficking of native women.

Sponsored by

 Temple University Beasley School of Law  

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 Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. Discounted rates available for students. Attorneys seeking CLE credit must buy the CLE ticket, non profit and government attorneys can pay the discounted CLE rate. This conference will provide 4 substantive CLE credits, and no ethics credits. For CLE questions, please contact Farlistcity T. El at (215) 204-1073 or email at farlistcity.el@temple.edu. All other questions, please contact HollabackPHILLY at philly@ihollaback.org.

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA:

 INTRODUCTION:

  1. Rochelle Keyhan (Director, HollabackPHILLY and Director, Feminist Public Works)

  2. TED talk: Margaret Heffernan, The Dangers of “Willful Blindness”.

REALITY OF PROBLEM IN USA:

  1. Jen Horowitz: Women’s Way: Human Trafficking: the extent of the problem and attempted solutions in the United States

  2. Jack O’Neill: Philadelphia District Attorney: How They Got There: dispelling myths about prostitution and sex trafficking

  3. Lynly Egyes (Staff Attorney, Sex Workers Project, NYC): The Hidden Truth: How Our Policies and Practices are Hurting Trafficking Victims

  • 20 minute refreshment and discussion break

SURVIVORS AND JOHNS:

  1. Tina Frundt (Founder of Courtney’s House, Service Organization): Sex trafficking in the US: a survivor’s perspective.

  2. Maryanne Layden (Director of Education, Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania): Clinical perspective and experience working with Johns.

  • 20 minute refreshment and discussion break

ENTRY POINTS TO “THE GAME”, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS:

  1. Daniel Velez (Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsyslvania): The Federal Response to Human Trafficking –This talk not available for Livestream.

  2. Jen Long (Director, Aequitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women): The importance of an effective response to gender-based violence that sees violence against a woman in prostitution as just as worthy of a strong response as a victim of human trafficking.

  3. Sarah Deer (Victim advocacy legal specialist, Tribal Law & Policy Institute, St. Paul.: Trafficking of Native Women and Tribal Court Systems.

  • 20 minute refreshment and discussion break

CONCLUSION and COCKTAIL RECEPTION

  1. Jen Horowitz: Women’s Way: Organizational and Policy Responses to Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania.

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Streets To Call Our Own Kickstarter and Call for Participants

A new documentary is in the works on street harassment activism, and HollabackPHILLY is a guest star! The director of the documentary is looking for people to interview for the documentary – check out her message below and be a part of history!
Streets to Call Our Own
From Kara:
Hi everyone! My name is Kara Lieff and I am working on my senior thesis film at Temple University, a short documentary called Streets To Call Our Own.  My documentary focuses on the anti-street harassment efforts in Philadelphia and people’s personal experiences with street harassment.  I am currently seeking participants (of ALL genders, sexual orientations, backgrounds, races, ages, etc.) for interviews and on-location filming of street harassment spots.  Has a particular experience of street harassment really stuck with you?  Was there a time when you were really scared or spoke up as a bystander? Did an incident significantly change your route or your life?  If you would like to be a part of my senior thesis film, please e-mail me at kara.lieff@temple.edu.  Please also check out my Kickstarter campaign and share with people who are interested in this topic or want to be involved!  You can view the campaign here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1972249931/streets-to-call-our-own.  Thank you so much! – Kara Lieff, Temple University ’14

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State of Our Streets: A Report on Street Harassment in Philadelphia

The report of our survey results is finally here! Check out the results below and stay tuned for a recap after today’s City Council hearing! If you can be there, it starts at 10 am in room 491!

Edit: Below the survey results is the compilation of written versions of the testimony delivered today!

 
 
 

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Cosplay =/= CONsent: Costumes aren’t an invitation for Harassment.

HollabackPHILLY released another CNN iReport, this one about our Cosplay =/= CONsent efforts at national comic cons. The below video was pre-screened on October 19 at GeekGirlCon 2013, and now it’s officially available in Site Leader Rochelle Keyhan’s iReport:

The above video is part of HollabackPHILLY’s effort to work with national comic conventions on improving the scope and efficacy of their anti harassment policies and procedures. Sexual harassment at comic conventions has been documented online for the better part of a decade, but most mainstream convention circuits still do not have formal and thorough anti-harassment policies. In the above video, you can see cosplayers’ visceral reactions to our question about how they would feel about conventions adopting formal harassment policies: some loosening the tension in their shoulders, even smiling, at the thought of a convention setting that was set up to be an inclusive and safe space for all fans.

 

To read the full post about our efforts and the scope and impact of cosplayer harassment, click through!

 

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HollabackPHILLY’s public policy agenda: Safety Audits and UN Best Practices

 

 

Preliminary data from the 357 people (above) who have filled out the survey so far indicate that 334 of them have experienced street harassment in our City in the past year.

City Council Public Hearing on Street Harassment with HollabackPHILLY. Nov. 7, 10 am, City Hall Room 404.

City Council is hosting a public hearing on the problem of street harassment in Philadelphia. HollabackPHILLY is presenting evidence about the scope of the problem in Philadelphia, the type of behavior, and how that behavior impacts the mobility of women and LGBTQ Philadelphians. The goal is to collaborate with City Council on a city-wide, gender-based safety audit to determine what does and does not make Philadelphians feel safe, and what the City can do to improve the conditions for women and LGBTQ folks on Phliadelphia’s sidewalks and streets.

HollabackPHILLY will be presenting data from our survey, user submissions of street harassment, and live testimony of peoples’ experiences with street harassment in Philadelphia. If you are interested in testifying, or being on the list of people present, please email us at philly.ihollaback.org. If you haven’t yet completed our survey, please do so! If you haven’t shared the survey with your friends and acquaintances, please ask them to take the few minutes to contribute to lasting change in the experience of walking our City’s streets.

 


Our end goal for this public policy work is to conduct a gender-based safety audit of Philadelphia, to determine what factors contribute to making women and LGBTQ folks feeling unsafe, and what could be done to make them feel safer. Safety Audits are considered a “best practice” by the United Nations for considering gender-based safety in public and urban spaces.

We have been advised by the Huairou Commission, a United Nations affiliated NGO, and HollabackPHILLY Director, Rochelle Keyhan, spoke at their parallel meeting to the United Nations 57th Annual Commission on the Status of Women this past March 2013. For more information on Safety Audits visit the UN Habitat page on safety audits. We will be using the Jagori Handbook for the safety audit.

 

Have you been street harassed, or witnessed it? If you have, share your story today and help break the silence surrounding gender-based violence. Help us re-write reality so we can change it!

 

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3 Minute Survey – Helps Us Partner with Local Officials for a Gender-Based Safety Audit of Philadelphia!

We are gearing up to meet with local officials about planning a city wide safety audit to improve the condition and safety on our streets for women, LGB, and trans* Philadelphians! Gender-based safety audits are a United Nations best practice for assessing and responding to safety concerns in public spaces.

Please take three minutes to fill out this survey and help us make this audit happen!

 

 

 

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Calendar Alert! Upcoming September/October Events!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Our Etsy shop is now live! Get your copy of the comic book, a HOLLAHero kit, and other Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue gear!
  • Baltimore Comic Con September 8, 2013! Keep an eye out for Anna and Rochelle cosplaying as Wolverine and Mariko — or any of the volunteers with clipboards that have hot pink “COSPLAY =/= CONSENT” posters on the backs!
  • Saturday, September 28, 2013: March to End Rape Culture, 11am at Love Park in Center City, Philadelphia.
  • Saturday, September 28, 2013 Mice Expo: Meet our sister-site leaders of HollabackBOSTON as they bring the street harassment and cosplay =/= consent movement to Boston!
  • Saturday, October 5, 2013 Locust Moon Festival: We’ll be tabling at this local festival, with all our gear, swag, and exclusive goodies for attendees! You won’t want to miss it :) .
  • Saturday, October 12, 2013 New York Comic Con: The HollabackPHILLY team will be outside the convention hall with the leaders of our sister-site HollabackBoston and members of the Hollaback! Mothership, talking to cosplayers with swag and cameras in tow!
  • Saturday, October 20, 2013 GeekGirlCon (Seattle, Washington): Rochelle is presenting a panel on comics for social good, culture jamming, and a more inclusive geek culture. She’ll have comics in tow, and simple ways for you to get involved in changing the tide of harassment at cons.

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