Day 1
January 11, 2021

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Opening Remarks

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Keynote: Judge Robert Lung, Trafficking: Trauma, Resiliency & Evidence-Based Hope

Judge Lung, 18th Judicial District in Douglas County, Colorado, has presided over a diversified district court docket for more than 15 years. In addition, he brings a unique perspective to his presentations on human trafficking, childhood trauma, and resiliency. He will provide an engaging keynote session about how to address trauma and strengthen resiliency by building trust with child trafficking victims/survivors.

(This description is subject to change.)

10:30 am – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Concurent Sessions

Session 1

Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention: How to Stop the Exploitation of Our Children

Presenter: Laura Coleman, Araminta Freedom Initiative 

This session is designed to help participants understand domestic child sex trafficking and the scope of the problem in communities across Maryland. Learn what creates vulnerabilities for youth and be prepared to identify heightened risk-factors. Participants will leave with an overview on how to respond to concerns and know where to get support for suspected and high-risk cases of child sex trafficking. Participants will also learn more about community-based advocacy and opportunities to engage in the mission to eliminate the threat of child sex trafficking.

Session 2

COVID-19: Impacts on the Practice and Policy Response to Child Sex Trafficking

Moderator: Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD, Ruth Young Center for Maryland, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, School of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore 

Panelists: Heather Amador, Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services; Rachel Sye, MA, TurnAround, Inc. 

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for society, especially for the most vulnerable among us. These challenges have an impact on how we respond to child sex trafficking. This panel discussion will discuss strategies to continue to prevent and support those already victimized in light of the challenges of the pandemic. It will include discussions of how governmental agencies and nonprofit service providers have adapted policies, practices, and procedures.  

Session 3

A Safe Place To Lay My Head: Homelessness, Housing Insecurity, and Human Trafficking

Moderator: Amelia Rubenstein, LCSW-C, UMD SAFE Center, University of Maryland 

Panelists will discuss the current landscape of systems and agencies designed to respond to homelessness in Maryland and how human trafficking survivors experience these systems. The panelists will talk about their experiences developing and implementing responses to youth homelessness. The session will also discuss the greatest challenges in providing shelter/housing to victims and adaptations to programs made to better serve this population, particularly unaccompanied minors from other countries and LGBTQ+ youth. The UMD SAFE Center will discuss their newly funded housing grant in collaboration with the Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services. 

Session 4

Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children Online

Presenter: Vince DeVivo, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland 

This presentation informs adults about how best to protect young people from negative and criminal influences online. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, sexting, and internet predators. The program provides prevention and intervention strategies and internet safety resources.  

Day 2
January 12, 2021

9:00 am – 9:15 am


9:15 am – 10:30 am

Plenary Panel: National and Local Perspectives on Combating Labor Trafficking 

Moderator: Neil Mallon, LCSW-C, Ruth Young Center for Maryland, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, School of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore 

Panelists: Lauren Devine, Office on Trafficking in Persons; Jacqueline Bradley Chacón, University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors; Suleman Masood, the National Human Trafficking Training & Technical Assistance Center 

This panel presentation will provide an overview of labor trafficking and highlight efforts to combat this issue at both the national and local level here in Maryland. Topics of discussion will include the Forms of Forced Labor, Risk Factors, Statistics/Trends, Federal and State Law, Resources, and Interventions.  

10:30 am – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Session 1

Human Trafficking Legislative Update

Presenter: Amanda Rodriquez, Esq., TurnAround, Inc. 

An overview of state and federal legislation related to human trafficking including recent legislation related to child trafficking and what is expected for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.

(This description is subject to change.) 

Session 2

Understanding Addiction and its Role in Vulnerability and Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

 Presenter: Terrence Fitzgerald, MD 

In this session, we will discuss how drugs of addiction hijack the part of the brain set up to help you survive, so that the brain begins to act as if the drug is necessary for survival. This is the basis for the drive to return to drug use and why relapse is always a risk, even after years of sobriety. This makes the person with a drug use disorder very vulnerable to manipulation by others. However, there are medications to treat some drug use disorders. We will discuss specifically the medicines used to treat opioid use disorder. 

Session 3

Re-Imagining Our Approach to Labor Trafficking

Presenter: Erin Albright, JD 

In the last two decades, little has changed in our collective ability to identify and investigate cases of labor trafficking and provide support to victims. The existing framework is broken; we need a new approach. This session offers a new framework for addressing labor trafficking. Developed based on ten years in the field working with service providers, law enforcement, task forces, policy makers, and community members, this new framework offers four steps for building better capacity to understand and respond to labor trafficking in any jurisdiction. Attendees will gain a better understanding of why labor seems so elusive and learn more about the four key components necessary to develop better community capacity to respond to this issue. 

Session 4

Survivor Leadership 

Moderator: Shamere McKenzie, Maryland Survivor Network  

(Panelists and details to be confirmed.)

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