Human Trafficking Awareness Conference Set for June
A free regional training program geared towards law enforcement, community service providers and attorneys is scheduled for early June in Shreveport.
Caddo Parish Juvenile Services, along with the Coalition to End Human Trafficking, are holding the Regional Human Trafficking Awareness Conference Friday, June 3, at Broadmoor Baptist Church on Youree Drive.
On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. If you want to register early, today is the last day to do it. You can do that by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
"More than 100 people are expected to attend the training," said Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Holly McGinness. "These will include not only prosecutors and defense attorneys, but also law enforcement personnel, social service providers and the interested public." The seminar has been approved for 6.5 hours of CLE credits by the Louisiana Bar Association.
Here's the schedule of events:
8:30 a.m. -- "Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children," presented by Jessica Milan Miller of the Gingerbread House.
9:15 a.m. -- "Human Trafficking - Red Flags and Risk Factors," by Cassie Hammett of Purchased: Not for Sale.
10:30 a.m. -- Survivor testimony by Brittany Pearson, who was rescued from a human trafficker by her father and successfully completed the Purchased program through which Caddo Parish sends its victims of human trafficking.
11 a.m. -- "The Law Enforcement Response," by FBI -Special Agent Chris Plants.
Noon -- "Do No Harm - Supporting Survivors," by Sheryl Watts of Project Celebration.
12:30 p.m. -- lunch
1:30 p.m. -- "The Legal System Response," with McGinness , Laurie McGehee of Caddo Parish Juvenile Services and Tracy Dahmer of the Louisiana Attorney General’s office.
2:30 p.m. -- "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)," by Clay Walker, director of Caddo Parish Juvenile Services.
3:45 p.m. -- "Why Don’t They Just Leave? The Power of Psychological Coercion," by Shobana Powell of Caddo Parish Juvenile Services.
For more information, call the Caddo Parish District Attorney's office at (318) 226-6955.