Conference 2018 – Presentation Descriptions

ESC’s 2018 Conference Presentations



Breakout Session 1: 9:45AM-11AM

Name Sasha Naiman
Agency Ohio Justice  & Policy Center
Presentation Title Helping Survivors of Human Trafficking Address Barriers from Criminal Records
Presentation Description 1) Understand criminal records, background checks, and the barriers they create for employment, education, housing, and community reintegration. 2) Understand why human trafficking victims have criminal records and how survivors can reduce criminal-records barriers. 3) Understand laws, eligibility, applications, and impacts related to expungement, record sealing, Certificates of Qualification for Employment, pardons, and more.



Name Rick J. Lynn
Agency Kentucky Office of the Attorney General
Presentation Title Law Enforcement: Challenges in Human Trafficking Investigations
Presentation Description Learning Objectives:

This presentation will focus on how law enforcement conduct human trafficking investigations. Participants will learn about the following:

–          Challenges law enforcement may face initially starting an investigation

–          Considerations when interviewing victims and witnesses and the importance of a trauma-informed approach

–          The importance of collaboration with different law enforcement and victim services agencies


Name Ryan Hall from Lighthouse Youth Services, Aparna Thukral Kad from Asian Community Alliance, Angela Inglis from YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
Presentation Title Successes and Challenges in Engaging and Conducting Outreach to Vulnerable Populations
Presentation Description Learning Objectives:

Identify vulnerabilities to human trafficking and similar forms of abuse and exploitation. This panel will focus on vulnerabilities experienced by homeless and runaway youths and foreign nationals.

Identify barriers victims may experience to accessing services. The participants of this panel will share the challenges they most commonly see to accessing services for the populations they serve.

Discuss strategies for overcoming these barriers. The participants will also share strategies they have used for conducting outreach to the populations they serve and discuss the successes and challenges in implementing these strategies.


Breakout Session 2: 11:15AM-12:15PM

Name Sasha Naiman
Agency Ohio Justice  & Policy Center
Presentation Title Trauma-Informed Legal Practice: How lawyers and courts address trauma when working with survivors of human trafficking
Presentation Description 1) Understand how trauma and triggers impact the brains of human trafficking survivors — consequently impacting memory, actions, and communication. 2) Understand how attorneys, courts, and service providers work with survivors of human trafficking in a trauma-informed, gender-responsive way, create effective intakes and court processes, “reconstruct” clients’ memory, and build productive relationships. 3) Understand strategies for legal professionals to address vicarious or secondary trauma when working with survivors of human trafficking.



Name Samantha Searls
Agency Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center
Presentation Title How to Be a Good Ally: Practical Things You Can Do To Help End Trafficking
Presentation Description All of us carry a responsibility to do our part to end human trafficking. In this session, participants will:
1. Explore their Slavery Footprint to see how many modern day slaves are used to create the products we use in our everyday lives. Participants will learn what they can do as individuals to reduce their Slavery Footprint and how they can use existing tools to help identify and report incidents of trafficking.
2. Be able to articulate gaps in public policy and public resources in order to better inform elected officials and other policymakers of the needs of those working to end human trafficking.
3. Identify and connect with local organizations and agencies in need of donations, financial assistance and volunteers.
4. Create a plan of how they will continue to educate themselves and others on the issue of trafficking. 


Name Arren Mills
Agency U.S. Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines 2015-16
Presentation Title Assessing Human Trafficking Prevention Education
Presentation Description The SMASH (Starting Massive Action to Stop Human) Trafficking project is an effort to educate the youth in communities vulnerable to trafficking through the establishment of educational seminars and the building of local and national partnerships. The project is designed to provide high-level information to students through storytelling, interactive games, attractive visuals, and captivating videos without lacking the value of delivery.


Breakout Session 3: 1:15-2:15PM

Name Katie Kersh
Agency ABLE
Presentation Title Outreach to Migrant Workers
Presentation Description Identify challenges agricultural and migrant workers experience due to immigration status, work authorization, cultural differences, education or other barriers.

Recognize vulnerabilities agricultural and migrant workers may have in regards to labor exploitation and trafficking.

Discuss strategies for conducting direct outreach to this population.


Name Sophia Papadimos, Maria Busch
Agency Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, Office of Criminal Justice Services, Ohio Department of Public Safety
Presentation Title Preventing and Responding to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Enhancing the Statewide Response
Presentation Description 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 domestic minor sex trafficking and resources that will assist local efforts.


Identify vulnerabilities minors face to sex trafficking.

Identify common gaps and barriers to responding to the needs of domestic minor sex trafficking victims.

Discuss best practices for responding to the needs of domestic minor sex trafficking victims.

Share resources and tools developed to assist local efforts.


Name Kelly Bohnhoff, PhD, RN, MFT, CTP

Rosanne Hountz, MSN, MCJUS, DNP-Candidate

Agency Xavier University
Presentation Title Creating and Implementing a Forensic Nurse-Managed Volunteer Clinic for Victims of Human Sex Trafficking in an Inner City Setting: A Road Map for Success
Presentation Description Discuss the latest ideas and strategies for creating and implementing a forensic nurse-managed volunteer clinic for victims of human sex trafficking in an inner city setting.
Identify the types of professional volunteers, therapeutic approaches, and collaborative strategies that can best serve victims of human sex-trafficking in an inner city setting.
Explore the benefits, barriers, and sustainability of a forensic nurse-managed clinic for victims of human sex trafficking an inner city setting



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


Name Linda James, Christine Conrad
Agency FBI
Presentation Title FBI Victim Assistance Program and response to human trafficking
Presentation Description 1.       Introduction to the FBI Victim Assistance Program

2.       Explore FBI response to human trafficking.

3.       Explore barriers to working with victims of human trafficking and how community partnerships can help.



Name Dr. Jesse Bach
Agency Cleveland State University
Presentation Title The Forgotten Ones: Domestic Child Soldiers in the United States
Presentation Description The term child soldier conjures up images of a war-torn Sub-Saharan African child holding a battle-worn rifle, staring into the distance of an uncertain future. Their story is well known; a paramilitary organization entered an area and forcibly recruited children to engage in conflict—protecting arms, drugs, or “turf”. Through the marketing of the child soldier story and its emotional response, the international community has been moved to action through hosting awareness raising campaigns, generating mass donations for care, and establishing recovery and rehabilitation programs. There is no doubt that the international child soldier is viewed as a victim and is treated accordingly. But, what constitutes a child soldier and does national and international policy assign the label unfairly?
Many domestic (North American) child gang members meet the national and international definition of child soldier, having been forcibly recruited to engage in conflict. Domestic gang members, however, are generally viewed as perpetrators of crime whereas international child soldiers are almost exclusively seen as victims of crime. This presentation argues that issues of race, borders, poverty, ethnicity, agency, American superiority, and prison industry profit have intentionally co-opted the definition of child soldier away from domestic child gang members and that a reconceptualization is necessary in order to address the issue. 


Name Terri Vietor
Agency St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Presentation Title “Developing a Response to Human Trafficking in Healthcare Settings”
Presentation Description Learning Objectives:

Recognize barriers to victim identification in healthcare settings.

Discuss strategies for addressing these barriers.

Review St. Elizabeth’s Human Trafficking Response Protocol as a case study on developing a response protocol.


Keynote: 3:40-4:40PM

Name Vanessa Chauhan
Agency Polaris
Presentation Title Polaris: Using Data Driven Strategies to work towards Eradication of Human Trafficking
Presentation Description Polaris has identified or directly responded to over 35,000 cases of human trafficking in every single state in the country by operating the National Human Trafficking Hotline. In 2016 alone, we learned of over 7,600 cases of human trafficking across the US. No state or city is immune to this crime. With this information, Polaris is not only connecting survivors to vital services, it has also provided thousands of tips to law enforcement throughout the country. Polaris is also gaining a wealth of national data about where and how traffickers operate to understand national trends and patterns. Responding to human trafficking is not enough. We must shift the focus of the anti-slavery field towards working in partnership to formulate blueprints for network-based disruption that moves the needle towards the eradication of modern day slavery in our lifetimes. As such, Polaris recently developed and launched a typology of the 25 primary types of human trafficking that exist in the US. We mapped the business models, trafficker accounts, victim profiles, recruitment tactics, and methods of control, helping us and the field to develop critical insight into how each type operates. Now, with these data-driven insights, Polaris is partnering with jurisdictions around the country who are changing how they respond to these cases to elevate the real experiences of survivors, and advocate for a networked, organized crime approach that shuts down human trafficking enterprises at their root.


This presentation will focus on the strategic work that Polaris is doing both domestically through our Disruption initiative, our work with Canada and Mexico, and through the National Human Trafficking Hotline.



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