Actions and Detail Panel
In Our Backyard: Protecting Our Teens
Fri, March 24, 2017, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
LATO has developed TRAUMA – PIR. Prevention. Intervention. Recovery.™ to address the spectrum of trauma from impact to recovery. This year, the conference will focus on delivering our message to the teens, their care givers and all who are interested in innovative approaches to protecting our teens from CSEC and trauma.
A panel, which will include representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, psychologists, counselors, and community leaders will address what is being done in our city schools and communities to promote environments that support prevention, intervention and recovery.
Panelists will include:
Michele L. Morgan, Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of PA, is assigned to prosecuting individuals who have been arrested for human trafficking. She speaks passionately about sex trafficking in Pennsylvania. She has two daughters. She will address her comments to the teens attending the conference. This is the third time she
is presenting at LATO’s conference.
Russell Morris, School Psychologist, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, is a co-researcher of a study at Cook Jr. High School in Philadelphia. He is co-authoring a support schools attempting to help students with complex trauma function in a school environment. A modification of IEPs to become trauma sensitive and a trauma focused integrative approach is being explored through the study. The study is currently underway and Russell will present what has been done so far, and the implications for structuring school based support for children affected by complex trauma.
Rev. Dr. L. Jones, Pastor sits on a panel of clergy who are addressing trauma in the community. She will speak on the role clergy play in helping communities deal with far reaching effects of traumatic events that impact the individual, his or her family and the wider community.
Katie Holton, Crime Victims Center of Chester County will speak about the challenges of connecting victims with services.
John Rafferty, Esquire, Chester County DA will speak changes in Pennsylvania legislation to prosecute individuals involved human trafficking.
Chuck Crawford, law enforcement (ret.) oversaw human trafficking investigations in Chester Co.
Urban Improv is this year’s special feature. Counselors of middle and high school students will bring student to the conference to see, and experience Urban Improv’s interactive theater workshops. This program is used in Boston to help students deal creatively with major issues in their lives. All are invited to attend.
Individuals interested in, or preparing for a career in psychology, law, social justice, public health, social work, drama therapy, and for working with vulnerable youth, will find the conference an invaluable source of information.
A signed Media Release is required for students in attendance.
Registration opens at 8:30am.
What is the focus of the LATO conference on human trafficking?
The LATO conference seeks to proactively raise the awareness of human trafficking and deploy prevention strategies as the first line of defense in combatting this crime.
Who will benefit from this conference?
School Counselors who are often the first to discover that a student has fallen victim to human trafficking
Teachers looking for effective ways to dialogue with students about human trafficking
Psychology, Social Work and Women’s Studies students evaluating the long term impact of emotional trauma from sexual exploitation
Community agencies, parent groups and individuals working with teens and attempting to educate them about the “red flags” associated with the luring behavior of human traffickers
Social Workers, Counselors, Mental Health Professionals and Graduate Students interacting with At-Risk teens and their families
Student led organizations positively impacting and promoting a civil society
Law and Graduate students pursuing careers in cyber crime
Students pursuing a degree in Journalism and investigative reporting
High School Students interested in working with others to combat human trafficking
Individuals concerned about violence against women
Parents wanting to know more about the role that the internet plays in human trafficking
Those interested in what law enforcement is doing to combat human trafficking across state lines
Members of the public wanting to learn more about human trafficking
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Students ages 14 and up are welcome but anyone under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or teacher with expressed written consent of a parent or guadian.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email us at info(at)thelifeaftertrauma.org with questions.