Posts tagged 10:2:45
FAGIN (Facial Analysis to Gain Information Now)

In the late 19th century, abolitionist E. D. Moore undertook the ambitious project of tearing apart King Leopold II's slave industry in the Congo Free State. In what should have been a hopelessly lopsided battle, Moore pitted himself against a monarch's powerful propaganda machinery, and a highly profitable rubber producing industry. To level the playing field, he employed a new technology, the magic lantern, or what we would call a slide projector, to visually display the atrocities of slavery to large audiences, and turning the tide of public opinion against a powerful monopoly.
       In the United States, more than 800,000 children are reported missing every year, nearly half end up living on the streets, most of those will be solicited for sex within their first 72 hours of living on the street. The presenter proposes the implementation of 21st century “magic lantern” that will identify and locate children being sold for sex online and bring them to safety. FAGIN (Facial Analysis to Gain Information Now) uses existing facial analysis technology to recursively extract and compare images from online sex ads to images of missing children producing a report for each match. With current Federal law, the FAGIN report provides probable cause and admissible evidence sufficient to trigger intervention and investigation by law enforcement. The FAGIN report also negates the need for the cooperation of, or further traumatization of, the minor victim in order to convict traffickers.

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2015Firas NasrTim Wedge10:2:45
Counter-Justice Techniques and Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics in Domestic Child Sex Trafficking

Counter-justice is a term used in this training to describe strategic victim and witness manipulation by traffickers that is intended to inhibit the justice system’s response to domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) cases. The training involves an active discussion into how the victim-perpetrator dynamic affects the functionality of the justice system. The trainer will focus on how traffickers manipulate victim behavior to inhibit case investigation, prosecution, juvenile disposition and therapeutic intervention. The trainer will also explore how the justice system identifies and processes child sex trafficking cases, and how these processes are neutralized by trafficker tactics. The victim-perpetrator dynamic, common vulnerability factors and psychosocial indoctrination of victims will be discussed. Participants will also explore the dynamics of intimate partner violence (IPV) when used for recruitment.


1)       Victim’s perception of government intervention is altered using economic dependence, physical isolation, and manipulation of fears.

2)       Victim behavior in the context of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The trainer will emphasize challenges to juvenile judges in child welfare when integrating court services.

3)       Discuss intervention techniques which may be effective against trafficker counter-justice strategies. With an emphasis on judicial responses and discuss specialized court dockets, trauma-informed courtrooms, and the use of “vertical” case handling.

(Funded by the Office for Victims of Crime)

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Eradicating Sex Trafficking: The Power of Rescue, Restoration and Justice

Estimates suggest that 25% of minors being sold into the commercial sex trade around the world each year are in India. Source? The U.S. State department calls India a “source, destination and transit” country for a majority of the trafficking in Asia. Therefore, India is in the center of the fight to end international sex trafficking.
This session will focus on the issue of sex trafficking in India while also providing a solution, evidenced by the work being implemented in the field by Freedom Firm. Have you worked in India?
Why are so many minors being trafficked in India? What are the primary causes of trafficking in India? What is the most effective solution for eradicating sex trafficking in our lifetime? Is there hope for the survivors? An exploration of Freedom Firm’s work on the ground in India will arm you with smart statistics and a better understanding of what effective anti-trafficking efforts look like overseas. Attendees will leave this session knowing what a holistic approach to this injustice looks like and why so many believe it is the best way to eradicate sex slavery in our lifetime.

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Integrating Survivors into the Professional Workplace

This session will detail the significant accomplishments of Ms. Cynthia Turner and Ms. Barbara Amaya of SeraphimGLOBAL who have successfully integrated survivors of human trafficking into their professional workplace. There are many challenges, benefits, and best practices to working alongside survivors in this work and this session will highlight these perspectives from both Executive Management and a survivor herself.

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Creating Thrivers: Empowering Sex Trafficking Victims to Thrive through Sustained Employment

From funded grants and evidenced based practice, our collaborators were able to empower 6 sex trafficking victims to move beyond becoming survivors, to becoming thrivers, working full time in the helping professions. This panel will discuss the Community Health Worker project in Lucas County from conception to implementation. We will provide definitions of victim, survivor, and thriver, and why it’s necessary to finish the support needed by creating economic empowerment for those that have been victims of sex trafficking. Members of the panel will discuss each component of the project toward creating successful thrivers.

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Evaluation of Client Services for Human Trafficking Survivors- Lessons Learned

As programs serving survivors grow and develop, evaluation of services can provide insight into what is working, where program improvements can be made, and provide evidence of return on investment for funders. This presentation will discuss the evaluation of services provided to survivors of human trafficking using two evaluation project case studies. In the demonstration cases, non-residential case management was provided to survivors of human trafficking in two different communities over two years. The presentation will share evaluation methodology, evaluation challenges, findings and lessons learned. While the work being reported on is specific to human trafficking, the session content and objectives may also be applicable to organizations providing case management services to a range of clients.

1) Provide an example methodology for evaluation of client services.
2)  Highlight special considerations in conducting evaluation with this population.
3) Share findings from the evaluation projects.
4) Provide recommendations for conducting evaluation of human trafficking case management services.

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Secret Life, Secret Death: Film and Discussion

In this true story of SECRET LIFE, SECRET DEATH, a young mother makes some heartbreaking choices that land her and her little son in the Mob in the Roaring 20's. In rapid-fire succession, Minnie went from a thrilling romance to being an abandoned mother to being trafficked to Chicago. Once in the Chicago underworld of criminals and human parasites, Minnie and her young son live high off the hog one day and scrape the bottom of the barrel the next.

Minnie and her son's unglamorized, tragic, true crime story is played out amongst infamous gangsters like Al Capone and John Dillinger. Filmmaker and Author Genevieve Davis narrates the film and the book, leading the audience through an incredible search to discover the true, tragic story of her Grandmother's life. Her commentary is frank, wry and revealing.

As Minnie's real life Granddaughter, Author and Filmmaker Genevieve Davis witnessed firsthand the effects of human trafficking in her own family, without actually understanding what it was or where it came from. As a child, Davis was kept in the dark as to the secret life of her Grandmother. Her father revealed that he was taken by his mother to Chicago Gangster Big Jim Colosimo's funeral when he was 5 years old compelled her to search for the truth about their life in Chicago.

Davis extensively researched the true story of SECRET LIFE, SECRET DEATH over a period of 10 years. She pieced together the real story of what happened to her Grandmother, relentlessly searching in archives, libraries, family letters and photo albums, and undertaking road trips to conduct eye witness interviews. Davis found, at the heart of the tragic story, the source of her family's pain.

1) To explore the traumatic effects of trafficking on the mental health of the victim.
2)  To explore the mental health of the child whose mother is trafficked. And to explore how those effects manifest as the child grows to adulthood and how the quality of life as an adult is affected.
3) To explore the role of alcoholism and addiction in trafficking, and how that legacy is passed on to children.

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