Governor’s Conference on Combating Human Sex Trafficking in Maryland
Monday, May 20, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
The Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) and the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) will host the second annual Governor’s Conference on Combating Human Sex 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
- Pimp Culture
- Advanced Treatment and Services
- Law Enforcement Response
This conference is a partnership of GOCCP, MHTTF, U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Maryland, TurnAround, Inc., Maryland Association of Resources for Families & Youth, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Araminta Freedom Initiative.
Theres is no cost (tuition/fees) associated with attending the conference. CEUs will be available.
Registration closes on May 6, 2013. Registrants will receive a confirmation email upon registering.
Resources and information from last year’s conference can be viewed at: www.goccp.maryland.gov/victim/humantrafficking.php
Questions? Contact Jim Hedrick, Training Specialist at the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention. firstname.lastname@example.org
|9:00–10:20am||Overview (General Session)|
|10:35–11:50am||Morning Workshops (descriptions below)|
|1:10–2:25pm||Survivor Panel (General Session)|
|2:25–4:00pm||Afternoon Workshops (descriptions below)|
When registering, you must select the morning and afternoon workshops you'd like to attend.
Morning workshops, 10:35–11:50am
- Trauma-informed Engagement and Stabilization
This workshop, geared for those who may work directly with survivors of sex trafficking, will provide an understanding of the critical stabilization needs and engagement approaches for survivors of sex trafficking following identification. Attendees will also receive information on the brain’s survival response mechanisms to multiple trauma experienced by most victims and the persistent and varied emotional impacts, and recommendations for providing trauma-informed services. Models of trauma-informed intensive case management, clinical and peer groups will be provided. (Recommended for Service Providers)
- Human Trafficking: Sexual Exploitation of Children
The speaker will discuss behavioral considerations in human trafficking cases involving the commercial sexual exploitation of juveniles. Results of ongoing research at the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) will be presented, including victim risk factors, offender characteristics and offense dynamics. Attendees will hear excerpts from interviews with victims and offenders in order to gain a better understanding of this crime problem. (Recommended for Law Enforcement, State Agency staff, Service Providers)
- Interviewing Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
This workshop will discuss the following:
1. Protocol-based interviews of exploitation victims.
2. The challenges associated with interviewing victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
3. The dynamics associated with this population.
(Recommended for Law Enforcement)
- Street Gangs and Human Trafficking
Increasingly, street gangs are moving into human trafficking. It is lucrative and often less risky than drug dealing, robbery and extortion. Gang culture and organizational structure make it an easy transition. This workshop will explore the early indicators and warning signs that law enforcement should look for in the development of gang related human trafficking activity; the trends being identified nationally and regionally; discuss the role and importance of federal, state and local joint cooperation; and review effective investigative techniques and strategies for dismantling gangs engaged in human trafficking. (Recommended for Law Enforcement)
- A Case Study
This workshop will involve an in-depth look at the case of a 14-year-old Maryland victim and follow her path through state agency services and the criminal justice system. "Bambi" went missing from Anne Arundel County when she was 14 years of age. She fell victim to human trafficking, and was rescued by the FBI Task Force who brought her to a Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) Facility. During the first few months, "Bambi" was not in compliance with the facility's daily procedures, refused to communicate to law enforcement, was vulgar and offensive to DJS Staff, and required an extreme amount of patience from DJS staff and victim service providers. Eventually, with proper support, her relationship with staff began to evolve and "Bambi" agreed to testify against her trafficker and assisted in the successful prosecution of his case. (Recommended for Law Enforcement, State Agency staff, Service Providers, Prosecutors)
- Sex Trafficking Victim Identification and Safety Assessment
This panel will provide attendees with information on indicators that can help victim service providers properly identify a potential victim of sex trafficking. Additionally, the presenters will outline safety and risk assessment considerations that are imperative to connecting survivors with proper services and resources, including shelter. (Recommended for Service Providers, State Agency staff)
Afternoon workshops, 2:25–4:00pm
- Mandated Reporters and Reporting Human Trafficking
This workshop will focus on recent legislative changes regarding DHR directives. It will also highlight victim risk factors, common victim demographics, methods of recruitment, protocols for response and what to expect. Further resources for training will also be provided. (Recommended for Service Providers, State Agency staff)
- Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
This presentation dispels the image of prostitution as a "victimless crime." The presenter will go over how and why many children become involved in prostitution. How their upbringing and life styles can make them vulnerable to pimps especially runaways. The presenter will explain how pimps select girls to target and recruit for prostitution, and how they keep them there. The presenter will show how to proactively search the internet for child victims, and how cooperation between local and Federal law enforcement is a must. How to interview the victims to get them to disclose. Most importantly, the presentation will show how to get the victims the help that they need through cooperation with NGO’s. The presenter will also give a case review of a case involving a sixteen year old runaway. (Recommended for Law Enforcement, State Agency staff, Service Providers)
- Prosecuting Human Trafficking
Proving a human trafficking violation in court presents a number of unique issues and challenges. This session explores the specific elements that must be proven and strategies on how to do it: including various theories of prosecution; the use of related statutes; charging decisions, dealing with uncooperative victims and witnesses; special victim considerations, and the factors to consider in determining whether a case should be pursued in state or federal court or both. (Recommended for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Law Enforcement Investigators)
- Human Trafficking in Latino Criminal Organizations
The seminar will provide an in-depth look at human trafficking within Latino organizations in Maryland. The topics covered will include the recruitment of victims including tactics used in the home country as well as domestic recruitment by gangs; the interactions and impact of gangs on other Latino pimps/organizations; the use of electronic surveillance as an investigative technique; Homeland Security Investigation’s resources including the agency’s overseas and domestic networks as well as resources for foreign national victims; and preparing and presenting a case for prosecution and the advantages/disadvantages of state versus federal prosecution. The seminar will also feature commentary from a survivor (pending her availability) as well as a case study involving foreign national juveniles involved in a Latino human trafficking operation occurring in Maryland and Northern Virginia. The case study will also highlight other possible violations present in these investigations including child pornography, rape, extortion and others. (Recommended for Law Enforcement)
- Social Media and Electronic Evidence in Human Trafficking
This course will primarily focus on the various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) as well as the role of cell phones, laptops, tablets, cameras and other electronic evidence in human trafficking investigations. The topics covered will include the types of evidence that can be obtained, how the evidence impacts the investigations, and the court process needed to acquire the evidence. Information will also be provided on websites, such as Backpage.com, that are predominantly utilized by traffickers. We will look at them from the investigators perspective and discuss the evidentiary value of these sites, what to expect from subpoena returns, and how to utilize the returns to further the investigation. This will also include information on lesser known websites that the presenters have discovered in their investigations. Finally, there will be a segment on how to build an undercover Facebook page, the challenges it presents, utilizing it to generate leads as well as using it to further an investigation. The seminar will utilize examples of human trafficking cases in Maryland to assist in the presentation of the information. (Recommended for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors)
- Trauma-informed Therapeutic Care
This session is geared for those who have attended prior information sessions and trainings on human trafficking and are looking for a more advanced workshop on providing direct, therapeutic services to survivors of human trafficking. This breakout session focuses on the piece of treatment that occurs after the survivor’s immediate needs have been met following identification and stabilization. Treatment modalities that have been shown to be effective with this population will be discussed in this breakout. These modalities include TF-CBT, DBT and other models adapted to treat survivors of trafficking. (Recommended for Service Providers)
When & Where
Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention
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