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Human Trafficking in the USA: Daniel Velez, “The Federal Response to Human Trafficking in the United States”.

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:

Assistant US Attorney Daniel Velez

 This talk will not be available on the livestream, only at the live event.

After five years trying felony level cases at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Velez moved to the criminal section of the civil rights division of the US Department of Justice. At the USDOJ he investigated and prosecuted hate crimes, human trafficking claims, and other crimes implicating peoples’ civil rights, like violence at abortion clinics or instances of police using excessive force. Now an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennyslvania, Velez primarily focuses on organized crime with international ties.

Velez’s experience with trafficking cases started when he was at the USDOJ, and continues through to his work at the US Attorney’s office. One notable, recent case involved a human trafficking ring organized by a family of five Ukranian brothers in Northeast Philadelphia. They smuggled young Ukranian immigrants into the United States and forced them to work for no, or very little, pay. Their human trafficking ring operated over the course of several years between 2000 and 2007. People were lured to America under promises that they would be provided immigration paperwork, stable employment and room and board. In reality, people were smuggled into the United States through the Mexico-California border, brought to Philadelphia where they were housed five-to-a-room where they slept on dirty mattresses on the floor, and denied payment for the work they were forced to complete.

“The brothers used physical force, threats of force, sexual assault, and debt bondage to keep the victims in involuntary servitude. The brothers also threatened violence to the workers’ families who still residing in Ukraine. Two female workers testified at trial that Omelyan Botsvynyuk brutally raped them on several occasions.” When asked by press about the case, Velez said:

the Botsvynyuk organization made false promises of good-paying jobs, room and board. Instead, victims were threatened, beaten and held in involuntary servitude.

“This is the type of crime that hides in plain sight. It could be in a restaurant or in a store. In this particular case, these were folks working at a Walmart and Target and cleaning the floors.”

Join us on February 27, 2014 to hear Assistant US Attorney Daniel Velez talk about the federal response to human trafficking in the United States.

 

 

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Human Trafficking in the USA: Jen Horwitz – PA’s Policy Agenda

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: Jennifer Horwitz

Jennifer Horwitz is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Women’s Way. In this role, Horwitz oversees the organization’s public policy and advocacy initiatives, including lobbying, issue campaign development, and cultivating and sustaining community relationships. Jen has a background in government relations, grassroots advocacy, campaign strategy development, policy research, media advocacy, fundraising, and project management. Prior to joining WOMEN’S WAY, Jen worked for Amnesty International USA, The ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania, and the American Cancer Society.

In her capacity as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Horwitz has testified at numerous government hearings about gender-based violence, including the Philadelphia City Council’s 2012 hearing on human trafficking, 2013 hearing on street harassment and the efficacy of gender-based safety audits, and she has coordinated numerous efforts that correspond with statewide bills to improve our state’s approach to human trafficking within our borders.

Join us to hear Horwitz’s talk about the anti-trafficking policy efforts in Pennsylvania to provide better resources for survivors and better policies for law enforcement officials to effectively end human trafficking.

 

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Human Trafficking in the USA: Lynly Egyes, Trafficking Survivors and LGBTQ Communities

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: Lynly Egyes

Lynly S. Egyes, Esq. is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Sex Workers Project in New York. Lynly provides legal advocacy, advice, and information to sex workers and survivors of human trafficking on a variety of issues, including immigration, criminal law, civil consequences of convictions and public benefits. Prior to joining the Sex Workers Project, Lynly’s career has focused on helping people in the margins, with a special emphasis on youth, LGBT and immigrants’ rights. She also managed the student leadership program at the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.

We are excited to announce Egyes’ talk about victims of human trafficking with a focus on the marginalization of LGBT victims. Her outspoken advocacy for the recognition and attention to the unique ways members of LGBT communities experience gender-based violence has led to talks at conferences and been profiled in the media.

 

 

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Human Trafficking in USA: Sarah Deer, Human Trafficking, Tribal Law, and Native Women

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: Sarah Deer

A member of  the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Sarah Deer focuses her legal work on violent crime on Indian reservations. She has co-authored two textbooks on tribal law and several academic articles on Native American women, and will be speaking at the conference about the trafficking of native women, and resulting legal and jurisdictional issues native women face when attempting to seek justice. To learn more about her work, read her article at Indian Country Today Media Network, referencing an Amnesty International Report, Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence, in which she is frequently cited.

In 2013, Sarah Deer was named chair of a U.S. Department of Justice federal advisory committee designed to develop protocol for responding to sexual assault in tribal communities. She was appointed chair of the Office for Victims of Crime’s “National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (AI/AN SANE-SART) Initiative.” The goals of the committee are to “make recommendations to the Department of Justice for improving response to rape in tribal communities,” Deer said. “I hope that our recommendations will help shape policy for years to come.”

We are excited and honored to welcome her to the speaker series on Trafficking in the United States. Her experience and outspoken advocacy as an Indigenous Feminist will elevate the conversation about human trafficking, and the necessary sensitivity and awareness we all must bring with us to the table when discussing human trafficking and the various nuances in experiences of the survivors.

To learn more about Sarah Deer, visit her faculty biography page at William Mitchell College of Law.

 

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Human Trafficking in the USA: Jennifer Long, Human Trafficking and the Spectrum of Gender-Based Violence

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: Jennifer Gentile Long

Jennifer Gentile Long is the Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women. As Director, she supervises, provides, and participates in training events, resource development, case consultation, and the delivery of technical assistance to civilian and military prosecutors and allied professionals. Before her appointment as Director of NCPVAW, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she prosecuted cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and child physical and sexual abuse.

To learn more about Long’s work, read her piece through the American Prosecutors Research Institute, “Prosecuting Intimate Partner Sexual Assault”. She also speaks publicly about these issues to educate the public, and was interviewed on ESPN in a piece about SMU runner Monika Korra, a survivor of rape, and survivor’s breaking the silence.

We are honored to welcome her to the speaker roster at the speaker series, Trafficking in the United States. Her experience working with as a prosecutor, and training prosecutors and service providers across the country, including work on policy and systemic change, will provide a nuanced perspective about the various intersections of gender-based violence and why they all need to be approached with the same degree of sensitivity and impassioned advocacy.

To learn more about Long’s perspective, read her piece at Trust Women.

 

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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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