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Freedom in Action Conference 2020 - "Structural Vulnerability: The Road to...

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The Freedom in Action Conference is a biennial event organized by the Anti-Trafficking Coalition at Berkeley that aims to bring together students, professionals, and community members to discuss the issue of human trafficking at home and abroad. The conference is an opportunity for us to host activists from across the Bay Area and facilitate a deeper discussion about how to responsibly and effectively combat human trafficking.

Our upcoming Freedom in Action Conference ("Structural Vulnerability: The Road to Human Trafficking") centers on the theme of vulnerability: deconstructing the policies and overlapping power hierarchies that make communities vulnerable to human trafficking. Understanding systemic inequities and how to engage with these social systems is paramount for activists to effectively combat human trafficking. To foster increased understanding, the upcoming Freedom in Action Conference provides an opportunity to explore why trafficked victims of color are often incarcerated; deconstruct why children under Child Protection Services and the Foster Care system are more vulnerable to trafficking; learn why substance use and being HIV positive often leads to being a victim of sex trafficking; engage with the systems that often bind immigrant victims to trafficking; and expose the systematic prejudices and social structures that cause homeless youth and those identifying as LGBTQ+ to be trafficked.

This conference will encourage discussion between people with different conceptions and experiences of human trafficking and aims to present best-practices for engaging in anti-trafficking work, and to connect with local organizations leading the anti-trafficking movement in the Bay Area.

We look forward to seeing you at our 4th biennial Freedom in Action Conference!



Keynote Speaker - T Ortiz

T Ortiz, A.K.A. Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is an Oakland Native, Professional Orator, Human Rights Activist, and Motivational Personality. Currently, T holds two major roles: Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator for The Anti-Trafficking Organization Ho‘ōla Nā Pua in Honolulu Hawaii and Founder of TalkWithT.com consulting. In this Capacity, T is a leading force in advocating for the civil and social rights of all people, with expertise in highlighting the intersectionality between the child welfare system and domestic human trafficking. She utilizes professional and personal experiences to emphasize the importance of self-agency and empowerment while overcoming adversity. In 2014, T was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the world”, a TIME Magazine “30 under 30” in 2013, and a U.S. GLAMOUR Magazine “Woman of the Year” in 2011. Her advocacy has influenced many organizations including The United Nations, Google, The U.S. Congress, The White House, The American Bar Association, The Aspen Institute, MSNBC, and The Johns Hopkins Institution. Notably, she has lead a TEDx talk on Exploring Sexuality after Trauma and successfully petitioned the Associated Press to utilize practices conscious of survivor trauma and circumstance, such as the application of proper language in addressing child victims of sex trafficking. Additionally, she has embraced body positivity while having the opportunity to model for Swimsuits For All alongside International Supermodel Ashley Graham. T is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate from Morgan State University with a degree in Strategic Communication.


Conference Agenda

  • 9:30am-10:15am: Registration & Breakfast

  • 10:15am- 10:30: Welcome

  • 10:30am-11:20am: Workshop Breakout Session 1

    • “How to Detect and Assist Human Trafficking Victims in Healthcare Encounters” by Jenny Vo-Phamhi | Researcher and Stanford Hume Humanities Fellow

    • Disrupting the Foster Care System to Better Serve Youth Vulnerable to Trafficking” by Dr. Emily Murase | Director San Francisco Department on the Status of Women

    • “Commercial sex and sex trafficking - A Regional Response” by Sharan Dhanoa | South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking

  • 11:30am-12:15pm: Keynote Address

  • 12:15pm-1:10pm: Lunch, Tabling, & Culinary Healing Circle

    • “Meals that Heal the Soul” [A Culinary Healing Circle] by Sarah Chan | Founder of Calypso Kitchen

  • 1:15pm- 2:05pm: Workshop Breakout Session 2

    • Restorative Justice for Traffickers? | Panel

    • “Creating Space: Why Housing Advocacy is Critical to Anti-Trafficking Work” by Kristen Moore | Director of Programs for San Francisco SafeHouse

    • Making Exploitation Visible with a Multi-Disciplinary, Validated Screening Tool for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children” by Hannah Haley, Danna Basson | WestCoast Children's Clinic

    • "Restorative Justice for Traffickers?" Panel

    • Sarai T Smith-Mazariegos | Founder & Executive Director – S.H.A.D.E
    • Darren White | Founder & Executive Director – Realized Potential Inc.
    • April Smith | Deputy District Attorney – Alameda County District Attorney’s Office – Human Exploitation & Trafficking Unit
    • Damone Hale | Attorney At Law – Criminal Defense
  • 2:05pm- 2:30pm: Break

  • 2:30pm- 3:20pm: Workshop Breakout Session 3

    • “Sex Workers Speak! Prioritizing the voices of sex workers in anti-trafficking work” by Celestina Pearl | Outreach Manager & Nurse for St. James Infirmary

    • “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Addressing Structural Vulnerability & Human Trafficking” Panel

    • Jennifer B. Lyle | Executive Director – MISSSEY
    • Rose Mukhar | Founder, Executive Director, & Lead Attorney – Justice At Last
    • Cecilia Mo | Assistant Professor of Political Science – UC Berkeley
    • Sharmin Bock | Assistant District Attorney – Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
  • 3:30pm: Closing Remarks


Questions?

Email ucb.freedominaction@gmail.com.

(* Please contact us if the price is an object to your attendance. We will not turn anyone away.)


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