ESC 2016 Conference Program Descriptions!

Our Annual Conference is rapidly approaching!  Below is more detailed information about the various workshops.

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Presentation Descriptions

Breakout Session 1: 9:50-10:50AM

Human Trafficking 101
Speaker: Lisa Ramstetter, Human Trafficking Case Manager, Catholic Charities Diocese of Covington
This presentation will offer a brief overview of what human trafficking is, how to identify human trafficking, and victim mindset and the needs of victims. It will also go over federal legislation as well as Ohio and Kentucky laws regarding human trafficking. There will also be a discussion of services provided for victims in the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky areas.

Addressing Legal Barriers a Victim/Survivor of Human Trafficking Might Face
Speakers: Sasha Appatova, Ohio Justice and Policy Center ; Kimberly Jordan, Ohio State University ; Emily Dunlap, Advocating Opportunity
This panel will describe the different legal barriers a victim/survivor might face as they leave the trafficking situation. Kimberly Jordan and Emily Dunlap will share the work they have done with the human trafficking juvenile and adult specialty dockets in Franklin County. Sasha Appatova will share the work she has done regarding helping individuals get their records expunged through her work at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center.

Human Trafficking and Homeless Youth Victimization
Speaker: Isaac Wright, Youth Outreach Manager, and John Keuffer, Director, Lighthouse Youth Services
This presentation will address the topic of sexual exploitation and homeless LGBTQ youth and what Lighthouse’s Youth Outreach Program is doing to address this serious issue. Moreover, there will be discussion surrounding the experiences of homeless youth and participants will learn what a day in their lives looks like. The partnerships that Lighthouse Youth Services has created with other organizations in addressing youth homelessness will be highlighted. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will understand the impact of sexual exploitation on vulnerable homeless youth especially those identifying as LGBTQ, be able to utilize engagement tools as well as understand the ground work necessary to develop partnerships in addressing youth homelessness and victimizations.

Breakout Session 2: 11AM-12PM

Combating Human Trafficking in Ohio
Speaker: Elizabeth Ranade Janis, State Human Trafficking Coordinator
In recent years, Ohio has responded to the crime of trafficking through substantive policy efforts and significant changes in law. Since 2012, the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force has partnered with victim service providers, law enforcement and advocates to help survivors, prosecute offenders and prevent the crime of trafficking from occurring in the first place. In this session, attendees will learn about the state’s comprehensive response to trafficking and resources that will assist local efforts.

Labor Trafficking and Immigration Law
Speakers: Jessica Ramos, Attorney, Migrant Farmworker and Immigration Program, and Kathleen Kersh, Attorney, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
This presentation will offer an overview of the vulnerabilities of foreign nationals to labor exploitation and labor trafficking. Traffickers take advantage of the unique vulnerabilities that foreign nationals experience, such as language barriers, lack of access to resources, and discrimination to coerce and exploit individuals into labor trafficking situations. Traffickers often subject victims to unsafe working conditions and poor living conditions. This presentation will discuss some of the work being done through Advocates for Basic Legal Equality to do outreach to vulnerable farmworker populations as well as immigration remedies for victims when they are identified.

Mental Health Considerations
Speaker: Sarah Belew, Psy.D Talbert House
Victims and survivors of human trafficking experience unique forms of psychological and emotional abuse. It is imperative that service providers as well as other professionals who may come into contact with victims and survivors of human trafficking understand trauma and how trauma affects their response to services and the criminal justice process. This presentation will offer best practices for avoiding re-traumatization, increasing safety, and making interactions with victims beneficial.

Breakout Session 3: 1-2:10PM

Education Youth about Human Trafficking
Speaker: Tony Talbott, University of Dayton , Abolition Ohio
In this presentation, Talbott will introduce audience members a variety of resources and guidelines for educating youth about human trafficking. Information will include educational materials, how to teach sensitive topics, community readiness and preparation, assessment, and other considerations that need to be handled prior to beginning youth education. Education for both general student populations and at risk youth will be discussed.

The Law Enforcement Perspective
Speakers: Nichole Dathorne, FBI Victim Specialist, Detective Brian Wright, Lousiville Metropolitan PD, Crime Against Children Unit and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, and Nate Young, CPD Vice Unit
A single agency or organization cannot comprehensively respond to human trafficking. Traffickers can be individuals or complex criminal organizations, and victims come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of needs. A multidisciplinary and collaborative approach is need to effectively respond to human trafficking. Nichole Dathorne and Brian Wright, members of the FBI, investigate cases through the Louisville Human Trafficking Task Force, and Nate Young, a member of the Cincinnati Police Department, investigates cases through the Cincinnati Human Trafficking Task Force. They will offer their perspective on investigating cases, the unique experiences of each task force, as well as how the task forces have worked together.

Developing Your Own Curriculum: Addressing Intersection of Substance Abuse and Sex Trafficking
Speakers: MaryAnn O’Malloy, Clinical Director, and Nikki Litvak, Outpatient, First Step Home
MaryAnn O’Malloy and Nikki Litvak will discuss the development of the group therapy curriculum used at First Step Home when working with those in substance use treatment who have a possible history of sex trafficking. Many of the clients they work with suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or have histories of neglect and abuse. In addition to PTDS, they may also suffer from a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, major depressive disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder. Substance-abuse disorders are often found co-mordid in victims of human trafficking. O’Malloy and Litvak will discuss evidence-based best practices and offer advice for developing appropriate treatment for those who with a history of commercial sexual exploitation.

Breakout Session 4: 2:20-3:30PM

“What Can You Do?” A Panel about How to Fight Human Trafficking as a Community Member
Speakers: Reegan Hill, Owner, It’s Only Fair, Co-Director, NKY PATHways; Ettore Ciampa, Co-Director, Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition (CORRC) Public Awareness Committee, Rosanne Hountz, ESC Volunteer, UC Medical Center
Reegan Hill is the owner of the Fair Trade Business, It’s Only Fair, and a leader of NKYPATHways, the anti-human trafficking coalition for the Northern Kentucky area. Ettore Ciampa is a member of Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition and the lead coordinator of the Fit For Freedom 5K. Rosanne Hountz is a volunteer of End Slavery Cincinnati, currently works at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and has been a nurse for the past 20 years. They will discuss different strategies for engaging the community on the issue of human trafficking.

CHANGE Court: A Panel about the Human Trafficking Specialty Docket in Hamilton County
Speakers: Judge Heather Russell, Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge; Mary Carol Melton, Executive VP, Cincinnati Union Bethel; Major Charmaine McGuffey, Major of Court and Jail Services, Hamilton County Sheriffs Office; Nate Young, CPD Vice Unit
Key leaders in the development of the CHANGE Court Specialty docket of Hamilton County will discuss the techniques they have utilized and the challenges they faced in the development of this docket. Coordinating treatment plans for victims of human trafficking may be outside of traditional criminal justice protocols or victim service programs. The response developed through CHANGE Court is victim-centered and focused on empowerment.

The Pop-up: A Lower cost and more mobile alternative to dedicated care facilities
Speaker: Jesse Bach, Ph.D, Founder & Executive Director, The Imagine Foundation
Over the past year, The Imagine Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio has been developing a unique facility and programming model taken from small, start-up businesses—the pop-up. This temporary and highly mobile model enables a low-cost alternative to high-cost infrastructure by utilizing existing, underused facilities, a professionally trained volunteer base, and a network of partnered organizations. The Cleveland Pop-up is part of a prevention and recidivism reduction model that aims to implement career services to those involved within human trafficking (both potential perpetrators and victim/survivors) in the belief that access to the formal economy through employment can help alleviate some of the contributing factors which lead to exploitation. During the intensive, one-day program, career services are located in close proximity to high-risk areas including hotels/motels, areas known to be conducive to prostitution, and halfway houses or prisons.


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