Day 1 – Wednesday, April 6
9:00am – 9:30am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Ms. Denise Conway, Maryland Department of Human Services
Ms. Yesim Karaman, Chief of Staff, Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
Mr. Joseph Baldwin, Esq., Assistant US Attorney, Chair, Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force
Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD, MPH, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work
9:30am – 10:45am
Keynote: Black and Missing Foundation
Natalie Wilson and Derrica Wilson, Black and Missing Foundation
Cases of missing Black people remain unresolved four times longer than those of white people, a fact that frames the movement to end child trafficking in Maryland. Black and Missing Foundation founders Derrica and Natalie Wilson fight an uphill battle to bring awareness to the Black missing persons cases that are marginalized by law enforcement and national media. Their story is detailed in the four-part HBO documentary series, by multiple Emmy® winner Geeta Gandbhir and award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien.
10:45AM – 11:00Am
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Plenary Panel: Youth-focused Primary Prevention of Child Trafficking
Laura Coleman, Teens Against Trafficking, Dulaney High School • Ani McNair, Not for Sale Youth • Tanejah Jones, University of Maryland SAFE Center
A panel on experiences, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid in developing child trafficking primary prevention programming for, with, or by youth.
Day 2 – Thursday, April 7
9:00am – 10:30am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
A 24/7/365 Response to Child Trafficking
Debra Holbrook MSN, RN, SANE A, FNE A/P, DF-AFN, FAAN, Director Forensic Nursing, Mercy Health Services • Thomas Stack, Anti-Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault Response Manager, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE), City of Baltimore
Education abounds in screening for human trafficking victims and signs of trafficking, but there is a gap in understanding the process for immediate referral, rapid response, and care for these victims. This session offers real answers to guide stakeholders in not only understanding the unique dynamics surrounding trafficking of minors, but feasibility of a 24-hour response plan for both rural and urban settings. Session speakers bring over 60 years of experience in working with victims of persons crimes and development of a national model of care—the Blue Dot Human Trafficking Initiative. Attendees will gain insight in developing a 24-hour response, the need for interagency and inter-jurisdictional collaboration as well as understanding pitfalls and the reality of the challenge of guaranteeing a 24/7/365 response.
A Model Child Trafficking Multi-Disciplinary Team
Mariam Imohi, LMSW & Ja’Ara McCoy, MS, Center for Hope (Moderators)
Baltimore City’s Child Trafficking Multi-Disciplinary Team (CT-MDT) provides a collaborative space for members to effectively and jointly evaluate and assure that victims of child trafficking in Baltimore and their non-offending caregivers’ needs are met. The CT-MDT provides a forum for members to share knowledge, perspective, and expertise regarding individual cases, as well as protocols and procedures, to ensure informed decisions, recommendations, and plans of action can be made. This process also promotes communication and coordination between disciplines, as well as mutual support and accountability for a coordinated response to allegations of child trafficking. This workshop will provide information on the process of Baltimore City’s CT-MDT, goals and outcomes, brief introduction and explanation of each role of the CT-MDT members, and a mock CT-MDT/case review, to include Alexandra VanDress, MA, TurnAround Inc.; Jessica Dickerson, Department of Juvenile Services; John Ingham, Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney’s Office; Det. Mark Crenshaw, Baltimore City Police, Criminal Investigations Unit-SIS/ICAC/HT; Lauren Benjamin, MSW, Baltimore City Police, Missing Persons Unit; and Wendy Lane, MD, MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine & Center for Hope.
Survivor-informed, Multidisciplinary Training for Medical Providers
Anjali Garg MD, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center • Katie O’Conor MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Almost 90% of trafficked individuals have contact with the healthcare system during their exploitation, presenting to various medical settings—from emergency rooms to inpatient floors to primary care and specialty clinics. There is a great need for health care personnel to understand the complex factors involved in evaluating and responding to patient scenarios where trafficking may be suspected. A coordinated, multidisciplinary response is imperative for ensuring the safety and efficacy of any attempted response. This workshop will describe a survivor-informed, multidisciplinary institutional approach for implementation of an educational curriculum on the evaluation and response to suspected child trafficking. We will include discussion of training and reference tools that can be replicated at pediatric care centers around the country. Based on previous implementation results, an effective training curriculum has helped to increase pediatric trainee knowledge related to human trafficking and has increased comfort and confidence related to evaluating and assisting potential youth in the clinical setting.
Demand Reduction: A Collaborative Model to Stop the Exploitation of Children
Laura R. Coleman, True P.O.U.R. Consulting • Sarah Batley, Drink at the Well
While we all agree that every individual being harmed through trafficking deserves the opportunity to live free from exploitation, we will never stop sex trafficking by only providing restorative survivor services. To truly end sex trafficking, we need to address the demand for our children in this industry. In this session, we will: 1) Expose the multi layers that have created a culture where the exploitation of our children is normalized, 2) Provide an understanding of the pathways that lead to becoming an exploiter, and 3) Share a collaborative model for addressing demand and the evidence-based results of this approach to impact positive change. During this session, learn from two experienced, feet on the ground advocates with 16+ years serving vulnerable populations and working toward healing the brokenness that perpetuates exploitation. Together we can activate the collective power of our community, law enforcement agencies, and survivor serving organizations to reduce the demand for our children in the commercial sex industry.
10:30AM – 10:45AM
10:45AM – 12:00PM
Closing Plenary Session: Gang-involved Forced Crime is Child Labor Trafficking
James Dold, Esq., CEO and Founder, Human Rights for Kids
An elementary school child victimized by poverty and trauma runs away seeking love, protection, and understanding from a caring adult, who uses that child’s basic needs against him or her by grooming them through the use of promised protection and belonging and/or physical or sexual violence to become loyal to them and/or the group they associate with. Sound familiar? It describes most cases of child sex trafficking in the U.S., but it also describes many cases of gang-involved children who are more appropriately described as child labor trafficking victims. But because of the movement’s failure, these victims go unidentified every year. There is no victim-offender intersectionality for victims who were trafficked into committing crimes; we judge and vilify them instead. To create change and bring about justice, the movement must start labeling these individuals as what they are: human trafficking victims.
James Dold is the Founder & CEO of Human Rights for Kids, a Washington, D.C-based non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of the human rights of children. Human Rights for Kids uses an integrated, multi-faceted approach which consists of research and public education, coalition building and grassroots mobilization, and policy advocacy and strategic litigation to advance critical human rights on behalf of children in the United States and around the world. Mr. Dold’s previous human rights work includes leading national legislative efforts as Senior Policy Counsel for the anti-human trafficking organization, Polaris Project, where he led successful state legislative campaigns that resulted in the passage of 40 new anti-human trafficking laws across the country. Mr. Dold received dual baccalaureates in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland and is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Dold sits on the Board of Directors of Survivor Alliance, a global non-profit organization dedicated to uniting and empowering survivors to become leaders in the anti-trafficking movement. Mr. Dold is a survivor of domestic servitude which he experienced growing up in his home state of Nevada. His story has inspired the introduction of child labor trafficking legislation around the country, and led to the passage of AB 146 in Nevada in 2013 which criminalized “involuntary servitude of minors.”