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Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, is often hidden in our communities. It is a growing crime that violates the fundamental rights and the dignity of women, children, and men. This day-long conference sheds light on the issue of human trafficking, highlights organizations that work to combat the crime, and provides ways for individuals to get involved in awareness efforts.
Bridgette Carr, Founding Director of the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Law Clinic
Andy Soper, Founder of the Manasseh Project and Owner of Five Arrows Consulting
Joyce Dixson-Haskett, LMSW, ACSW, Clinical Social Worker and Human Trafficking Survivor
Jeremy Ashcroft, FBI Special Agent
Kelly Carter, Assistant Attorney General of Michigan
Jay Kommareddi, Chair of the Michigan Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board
Meredith Reese, Vice President of Treatment Programs at Vista Maria
Diane Baird, MSW, Program Manager, Refugee Foster Care at Samaritas
Trooper Tressa Duffin, Monroe Community Service Trooper with the Michigan State Police
Cherie Sammis, DBe, RN, NP, Director of Ethics Integration for Ascension Health Michigan
Hilary Chester, PhD, Associate Director of the Anti-Trafficking Program, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services
Tracy Montgomery, Michigan Abolitionist Project
Is the cost of meals included in the ticket?
Yes, a continental breakfast and a boxed lunch are included.
Where can I find more information about the event?
Visit www.micatholic.org/fromdarknesstolight/. This page includes speaker bios and downloadable save-the-date cards. Check back frequently, as this will be updated with the schedule and other relevant information as the event draws closer.
Do I have to register ahead of the conference?
All attendees must pre-register prior to February 4 so that the organizers can plan for the right amount of food.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For any questions about the event, please email Annie Bennett, Communications and Outreach Associate at the Michigan Catholic Conference, at email@example.com or call at 517-316-3588.