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2014 Governor’s Conference on Combating Human Trafficking in Maryland

Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention

Monday, May 19, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

Catonsville, MD

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The Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) and the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) will host the third annual Governor’s Conference on Combating Human Trafficking in Maryland. This event will expand on the work of last year’s conference and provide attendees with progressive approaches to supporting survivors and investigating traffickers.

State and national experts will present specialized topics for law enforcement, prosecutors, government agencies, victim service providers, community advocates, and other important groups.

Some of these topics include:

  • First Responder and Victim Interactions
  • Gang Involvement
  • Advanced Treatment and Services
  • Law Enforcement Response
  • Working with Male and Transgender Survivors

This conference is a partnership of GOCCP, MHTTF, U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Maryland, TurnAround, Inc. Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Araminta Freedom Initiative.



There is no cost (tuition/fees) associated with attending the conference.

Six (6) CEUs will be available for full attendance, there will be no partial CEU credit. You must indicate on the registration form that you are requesting CEU credit. Also, you must sign in during morning registration and sign out at the end of the conference. CEU certificates will be only given to individuals who complete this signature requirement.

Registration closes on May 5, 2014. Registrants will receive a confirmation email upon registering.

Resources and information from last year’s conference can be viewed at:

Questions? Contact Jim Hedrick, Training Specialist at the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention.



7:30–8:30am Registrant Check-in
8:30–9:00am Opening Remarks
9:00–10:20am General Session I

Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force and State Agency leaders will review current progress in the field and plans for the future.
10:20–10:40am BREAK
10:40–11:55am General Session II

Law enforcement and prosecutors will present case studies of recent successful human trafficking investigations in Maryland followed by a survivor recounting her own experience.

Also available: "The SERVE Model: Brain-based Therapy and Evidence-based Treatment." Special advanced workshop for direct service providers.
11:55am–1:15pm   LUNCH
1:15–2:35pm Workshop I
2:35–2:55pm BREAK
2:55–4:15pm Workshop II


In addition to the two General Sessions described above, a special workshop is being presented during the time period of General Session II (10:40am to 11:55am):

The SERVE Model: Brain-based Therapy and Evidence-based Treatment

This session covers a brain approach to reduce adverse effects of trauma through Symptom normalization, Education of the brain’s stress response, Regulation of autonomic nervous system and thought processes, Validation of anger and grief, and Empowerment of fully integrated self. An overview of evidenced-based treatment models for working with survivors of sex trafficking will be provided

Presenter: Bonnie Martin, LPC

This advanced workshop is only open to social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists and other direct service providers.


When registering, you must select the workshop sessions you'd like to attend.

Workshop Session I, 1:15–2:35pm

  1. Survivors’ Next Steps

    Surviving is a process. There are many needed steps for survivors to thrive and grow and join society. We will consider the needed next steps for survivors to grow and become healthy members of the community. We will explore what is really needed and how to help survivors to take back their lives in this challenging economy with little resources.

  2. Importance of Prevention and Intervention: Responding to potential DMST in youth you know

    This session will address how adults working with at-risk youth populations are the key to preventing and intervening in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Attendees will be equipped with the knowledge to identify and respond to suspected DMST, as well as address mandating reporting protocols of DMST. Resources for further training within their place of employment or community groups will also be given.

    Presenter: Alicia McDowell, Executive Director of Araminta Freedom Initiative
    Targeted Audience: Health Practitioners, Educators, Social Service Workers and Youth Workers

  3. Multi-Disciplinary Nationwide Human Trafficking Models

    Joyce Capelle, Executive Director, Crittenton Services for Children and Families, Orange County; Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality, author of Blueprint; A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Sex Trafficking of Girls; Michelle Guymon, Director, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Project, LA County Probation Department; and Eliza Reock, Director of Programs, Shared Hope International, will present models of how several communities have fought sex trafficking in their own backyards. Through a multifaceted approach, these jurisdictions have been able to effectively address housing, treatment, and services, and improve their overall approach to victims. These experts will examine how Maryland could implement similar tools and improve its response to sex trafficking through interagency cooperation.

  4. Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Perspective

    The presentation will focus on sex and labor trafficking involving all types of victims including adults, juveniles, foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. It will define human trafficking, identify those most vulnerable, as well as give a brief overview of the federal versus state statutes for charging human trafficking. Case study examples will be utilized to demonstrate indicators of human trafficking as well as the complexities of presenting the cases for prosecution. The presentation will also provide details on conducting online investigations involving Backpage and other social media outlets; human trafficking at truck stops; gang based trafficking and brothel operations with an emphasis on the Hispanic community; and Asian massage parlors. The presenter will also provide guidance throughout the course of the presentation on dealing with all the different types of victims and building good relationships with victim advocates. Visual media will also be utilized during this presentation.

  5. Compassion Fatigue

    This workshop is designed to help victim advocates, law enforcement, and any service provider in the victim service field to identify the symptoms of compassion fatigue and to develop and implement strategies to address these problems. Topics include: recognizing the symptoms, developing resilience and healthy coping skills, creating a personal care plan, exploring self-care techniques, and coping strategies in dealing with bureaucracy and politics.

    Presenter: Trudie Gregorie, Senior Director, Justice Solutions; OVC Trainer

  6. Bought and Sold: Demand in the Sex Trafficking Industry

    What drives demand? Explore the juxtaposition of “John” driven and victim driven demand in sex trafficking. Topics include demand contributors such as prostitution, adult and child pornography, adult entertainment, massage parlors as well as socioeconomic factors such as homelessness, poverty, abuse and runaways.

    Presented by MHTTF Public Awareness Committee Co-Chairs – Terri Ricks, J.D. and Aaliyah Muhammad Esq.

  7. Therapeutic Housing Models

    This session will feature panelists from Oasis of Hope and Youth for Tomorrow.  These service providers will present on their programs and how Maryland providers and state agencies can replicate and access these options.


Workshop Session II, 2:55–4:15pm

  1. Labor Trafficking for Law Enforcement and Victim Services

    A criminal investigator and victim/witness specialist from U.S Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Human Trafficking Unit will explain victim focused investigations of labor trafficking and victim recovery and support. Presenters will expose attendees to a realm of Maryland based labor trafficking investigations, which include exploitation in the hospitality industry, domestic servitude and allegations against diplomats and World Bank/International Monetary Fund employers. Much of the presentation will be illustrated with photographs from Maryland based case work. The presentation will transition to preparing for victim recovery, victim stabilization and benefits available to foreign nationals recovered from labor exploitation.

  2. How to Develop a Human Trafficking Task Force

    The states and the federal government have driven law enforcement and victim services responses to human trafficking for a number of years. Now, as ordinary citizens have become more educated, they are looking for local and community based coordinated responses to combating human trafficking as well as outlets to help solve the problem that is often close to home. This panel explores the various methods that local governments and NGOs have devised for dealing with the impact of sex and labor trafficking and for helping victims and survivors. We will also explore and discuss the types of organizational models that have sprung up as well the positive and negative aspects of the various approaches taken by counties, cities and towns from Task Forces to Community Town Halls to church ministries.

    Panelists: Steven Hess, Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force; D. Michael Lyles, Prince George’s County HTTF; Vernon Gray, Howard County HTTF; Bradley V. Hill, Maryland Eastern Shore HTTF

  3. Male and Transgender Victims of Human Trafficking: What We Should Know

    Trafficking males and transgender youth is more common than you think. This session will examine the factors that cause male and transgender youth to go beneath the radar and how we can better address these underserved populations. A survivor, Marq Taylor will speak about his experience. Marq is a brave advocate in the fight against domestic minor sex trafficking. He is actively involved in raising awareness and shares his own story of victimization to educate others about this horrific crime. Marq was only 8 years old when he met a man who offered to be the mentor he so badly wanted and needed. Betrayal is what Marq found instead. The man guided him into a world of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficked until he escaped at age 17. Marq will provide an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of control and manipulation used by his trafficker.

  4. Serving Survivors in Maryland

    The Department of Human Resources, Department of Juvenile Services, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, and the Maryland State Police will join a facilitated discussion with conference participants to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to serving human trafficking survivors in Maryland. Agencies will summarize their existing policies and programs before the dialogue begins.

  5. Power in the CommunityCancelled

    Human Trafficking can happen in a car, apartment building, around the corner, in urban areas, the suburbs and rural communities. See how trafficking manifests in your community. Learn the basics of human trafficking, triggers, signs and the victimization associated with this exploitation crime. Community members are an incredible asset in the fight to eradicate human trafficking. Let us show you what you can do to affect change in your community.

    Presented by MHTTF Public Awareness Committee Co-Chairs – Terri Ricks, J.D. and Aaliyah Muhammad Esq.
    Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), Program Supervisor – Courtney Brooks

  6. Trauma-Informed Services and Holistic Remedies for Survivors of Human Trafficking

    Obtaining justice for survivors of human trafficking does not refer solely to the process of bringing an exploiter to justice. Just as survivors of trafficking are themselves far more than the exploitation they’ve experienced, so too are the legal rights available to them, which do not begin and end with the criminal case against their trafficker. Upon exiting a trafficking situation, many survivors are left in poverty, and often have criminal records that prevent them from obtaining the stability they so desperately need as they work to repair their lives. While both federal and state laws provide civil and criminal remedies to assist survivors in this recovery, many attorneys and advocates working with survivors of trafficking are unaware of the availability of these remedies. This panel will focus on the federal and state-based range of legal remedies available to human trafficking survivors, including federal and state-based restitution, civil judgment, expungement, and vacatur, as well as the overall importance of providing trauma-informed care to this population. By providing access to a range of legal remedies beyond the availability of criminal sanctions, attorneys and other service providers can further empower survivors to achieve improved self-sufficiency and heal from trauma.

  7. Current Trends in Law Enforcement

    Investigators and prosecutors from state and federal law enforcement agencies will conduct an interactive workshop on current trends in human trafficking in Maryland. Topics to be covered include unique case studies and challenges of investigation and prosecution. Specific time will be allotted for presenter questions. This workshop is for law enforcement only.
Have questions about 2014 Governor’s Conference on Combating Human Trafficking in Maryland? Contact Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention

When & Where

The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
800 S Rolling Rd
Catonsville, MD 21228

Monday, May 19, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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