Human Trafficking training sessions available for community to learn how to be aware, how to respond

Human Trafficking training sessions available for community to learn how to be aware, how to respond

Indiana University East will host three training sessions on Human Sex Trafficking July 23-24, 2018. Each training session will pertain to a specific audience: members of the community, service providers, and law enforcement.

The training sessions are free and organized in partnership with the IU Police Department-East, Wayne County Probation Office, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Richmond Police Department and Restored, Inc.

The training sessions are:

Date: Monday, July 23
Audience: Training Session for Community Members
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Presenters: Whitney Weir and Taylor Ellis, Victim Advocates; Restored, Inc.
Session Description: What is human trafficking? What is commercial sexual exploitation of children? Does human trafficking occur in your community?  Does commercial sexual exploitation of children occur in your community?  Now, what can YOU do about it?  How do you keep your child safe? Restored, an anti-trafficking organization, is on the front lines providing recovery, relief and restoration. This training session will educate and provide awareness on WHAT you can do and HOW you can impact your community to keep children safe.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Audience: Training Session for Service Providers (DCS, probation, school administrators, teachers, non-profit organizations, etc.)
Session Title: “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Identify Victims”
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Session Description: Does human trafficking happen in your community? Traffickers target children because of their vulnerability. The market demand for young victims is high. Human Trafficking is a $150 billion dollar industry. The average age of entry into commercial sex trafficking is 14-15 years old. The most vulnerable include runaways, children in group homes, and even children in foster care. Attendees can benefit by learning how to recognize a victim of human or sex trafficking, understand what services are the most beneficial, what is available in your county and the State of Indiana, and how your colleagues are tackling this difficult industry. Indiana is making strides in addressing this issue statewide. Attendees will learn how to work together with multidisciplinary system response.

Also included in the morning session, Dr. Katrina Mallory will discuss the psychological impact and treatment of CSEC victims. The presentation will focus on complex trauma, especially the neurodevelopment and domains of impairment (e.g. attachment, behavior, cognition, etc.) seen with the CSEC population. Dr. Mallory will also review trauma bonding, mental health interventions, and direct care strategies when working with these girls.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Audience: Training Session for Law Enforcement Members
Session Title: “Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children from Online Predators”
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Session Description: Predators target children because of their vulnerability. The market demand for young victims is high. The average age of entry into commercial sex trafficking is 14-15 years old, the average age a victim is exploited via the internet is 11-12. The most vulnerable include runaways and foster care children. Attendees will get a comprehensive understanding of commercial sexual exploitation of children, how to identify a potential victim, and understanding the victimology. Attendees can benefit by learning how to establish preventative measures and “RESPOND” to sexual exploitation, intervention strategies and online safety resources.

Leading the July 24th sessions are professionals in the area of human and sex trafficking.

Tracy R. McDaniel, MSW, LSW, is the Founder and CEO of Restored. Restored provides direct services to domestic victims of sex trafficking. McDaniel formulates statewide strategies to address domestic human trafficking through victim services, law enforcement coordination, and public policy. She partners with the Indiana state government, local, state and federal law enforcement, non-profit leaders, and community members to provide victim and outreach services. She develops trainings for youth, professionals, and provides public awareness. McDaniel is a forensic interviewer and has a master’s in Social Work with a focus on Anti-demand of Human Trafficking and Trauma Counseling. McDaniel is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Jeffery Robertson, Special Agent for the FBI, has been assigned to the Indianapolis Division, Fort Wayne Resident Agency of the FBI since 2013. Prior to joining the FBI, SA Robertson was a police officer in Connecticut. SA Robertson specializes in cases involving human trafficking and violent crimes against children. SA Robertson conducts undercover operations to locate and rescue juveniles who are being sex trafficked, as well as, targets online predators who prey on children. SA Robertson and his law enforcement partners provide training across the state on recognizing and recovering victims of human trafficking, online safety for parents and children, and investigative techniques to successfully investigate these cases. SA Robertson is a member of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Team and a member of the FBI’s Operational Medical Program. Jeffery Robertson is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Christopher McCarty, Task Force Officer for the FBI, worked nine years at the Auburn Police Department before his 13 years with the Fort Wayne Police Department. He has worked eight years in Vice/Narcotics, 12 years on the Ft. Wayne EST Team (SWAT), and five years with the Sniper Section. McCarty is a FBI Task Force Officer, with the newly formed Northern Indiana Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force (VCAC). He has been involved in hundreds of Prostitution/Human Trafficking investigations. He is assigned to the VCAC Unit based out of Fort Wayne. McCarty is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Dr. Katrina Mallory, Psy.D., HSPP, is a clinical psychologist and program director of TRU Harbor, a program of the Youth Opportunity Center that serves adolescent female survivors of human trafficking. Dr. Mallory has extensive experience working in residential treatment settings, specifically in completing psychological evaluations and providing therapeutic services for CSEC youth and others coping with complex trauma. As a member of the victim services committee of the Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, Dr. Mallory works to educate youth workers, law enforcement, and community members on sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

For more information about the training sessions, contact Tracy Amyx, deputy Title IX coordinator/director of Affirmative Action/EEOC officer at 765-973-8402 or trramyx@iue.edu.

 

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