Freedom in Action 2014

Conference Overview

The Freedom in Action 2014 Conference explored what it means to be a student abolitionist. This conference connected students with local community agencies and volunteer opportunities, empowering students to be effective anti-trafficking leaders, and supported Nika’s Place with $5 of every ticket.

Minh Dang, a nationally recognized trainer, speaker and advocate served as the keynote speaker. Minh Dang is also a UCB alum (B.A. ’06 & MSW ’13).

The conference featured workshops from MISSSEY, Alameda H.E.A.T., Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, Love Never Fails, Freedom House, and more!

 

Conference Details

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014

REGISTRATION

$5 High school students, $5 @ the door
$12 College students, $15 @ the door
$15 Community members, $20 @ the door
Continental breakfast and lunch included. If you have dietary restrictions, please email ucb.endslavery@gmail.com.
Please note that $5 of each ticket will go to benefit Nika’s Place, a new transitional living program for commercially sexually exploited females.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Please note that parking in the First Presbyterian Garage is NOT available. The link above provides a few other alternatives.

Closest BART: Downtown Berkeley
AC Transit Bus Lines: 51B, 1R, 1

BENEFIT CONCERT LOCATION
UC Berkeley Campus
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

AGENDA

09:00am – 9:45am           Registration
10:00am – 10:30am         Welcome & Keynote
10:30am – 10:45pm         Quick break | Find your workshop room
10:45am – 12:15pm         Workshop Session #1
12:15pm – 01:30pm         Lunch and Tabling
01:30pm – 03:00pm         Workshop Session #2
03:15pm – 04:45pm         Workshop Session #3
04:45pm – 05:45pm         Dinner on your own | Eat Ups
05:45pm – 06:00pm         Find your way to Benefit Concert
06:00pm – 08:00pm         Benefit Concert

Workshop Information

WORKSHOP SESSION  #1: 10:45 – 12:15

Human Trafficking in the Bay Area
We will explore what Human Trafficking looks like around the Bay Area in its various forms, then we will discuss what people and organizations around the Bay Area are doing to fight trafficking and propose next steps for those interested in deeper engagement in the Bay Area anti-trafficking movement.
Presented by: Brian Wo, Director of Partnerships; Betty Ann Boeving, Executive Director of Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC)

The Realities of Young Women in East Oakland
Presenters are the Women’s Empowerment Initiative (WEI) of YU Lead, a leadership program at Youth UpRising. The WEI has been focusing on the coercion of young women into sex work in Oakland. We are currently working on triangulated research consisting of literary reviews, surveys, and interviews, as well as a community awareness campaign and action project around the issue. Presenters will share their research so far, as well as community and youth-based insight into this issue, and the realities of young women coerced into sex work in East Oakland.
Presented by: Brishana Evans, Khamara Sexton, and Neda Said of Youth Uprising

Role of Victims Advocates in Identifying and & Helping Victims of Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world with both international and U.S. citizens as victims.  Anyone working with vulnerable populations should be aware of human trafficking and the resources available.  43% of Human Trafficking cases in California are occurring in the Bay Area.  Direct service providers have the unique opportunity to identify and help victims.  28% of identified victims saw a health or social service provider at least once during their trafficking ordeal.  With increased awareness, more victims will be identified and linked to necessary recovery services.  Increased awareness informs more prevention programs and policies.  Our goal is to create the infrastructure for a sustainable, community-based anti-trafficking identification and response protocol among and within San Francisco, Alameda and San Mateo Counties through broad, tailored outreach and training to key stakeholder groups.
Presented by: Jana Hiraga MPH, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland & Cristy Dieterich, San Francisco Dept. of Public Health, Newcomers Health Program 

Love Don’t Hurt
Every child and person should be free of feeling emotional abuse, neglect, physical, sexual, and alcohol abuse and gender bias.  We believe in replacing the chains of pain with hands of love. Abuse leads to human trafficking and exploitation. Upwards of 85% of sexual exploiters and those abused, were abused as children. In this workshop we will recognize types of abuse, understand affects of abuse and learn tactics to prevent future abuse. Love shouldn’t hurt!
Presented by: Love Never Fails

Language, Pop Cultures & Media: How Child Sex Trafficking is Perpetuated
Learn how the media, pornography and the glorification of pimp culture, perpetuate child abuse and child sex trafficking.
Presented by: Maia Sciupac, Alameda County District Attorney’s HEAT Watch Program

An Ordinary Person’s Role in Ending Human Trafficking
Seemingly ordinary people can help create social change when they are led by their passion to make a difference.  It doesn’t take special qualifications or even extraordinary talent to impact your community’s human trafficking problem.  It requires rolling up your sleeves, doing what you do best and focusing your passion on high-impact projects.  This workshop is designed to help participants determine how to best leverage their unique abilities and resources and create/advance initiatives that inspire others to change the status quo.
Presented by: Genice Jacobs, Oakland Youth Commission Advisor; California Against Slavery, Policy Committee, Oakland CSEC Task Force

Practical Knowledge & Tools to Fight Trafficking
Join us for a well-rounded look at modern slavery and human trafficking.  Role play and first-hand victim stories provide a deeper understanding of how personal circumstances create trafficking vulnerability.  Have your questions answered. Take away resources to learn more and tools to actively fight slavery in your daily life.
Presented by: Patrice Young, Saint Mary’s College M.A. in Leadership, Social Justice Concentration; Holly Harwood, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee

WORKSHOP SESSION #2: 1:45 – 3:00pm

Using Creative Arts as Therapy with CSEC
This workshop is designed to show the activities we conduct with the children and staff, as well as to give the participants an experience of allowing their own creativity to guide them in the healing process.  Art, Recreation, Movement and other modalities are ways of expression and tools for change.
Presented by: Amy Lynch, ARM (Art, Recreation, Movement) of Care

Advocating for Change
Join others around the country by taking action to pass anti-trafficking legislation in the U.S. and support U.S. leaders in the fight to end slavery.  Whether you’re an experienced advocate or just taking your first steps, this seminar will empower you to be an agent of change in your community and beyond.
Presented by: Kate Case, Regional Advocacy Coordinator – West, International Justice Mission (IJM)

Strength-Based Intervention for Complex Trauma
Human-trafficking survivors possess amazing tools and skills inherent to surviving horrendous situations and overcoming human rights abuses.  Traffickers often manipulate and control victims by exploiting their strengths including not limited to: leadership skills, people-pleasing abilities, attention to detail, and time-management acumen. The workshop will focus on how to support survivors of complex trauma rediscover and reclaim those strengths and skills.
Presented by: Tatyana Foltz MSW, Clinician and Case Manager at Freedom House

CSEC 101: Introduction to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
The CSEC 101 training is aimed to provide a basic understanding and knowledge base on the issue of commercially sexually exploited children. Training topics include: What is CSEC?, Language Use, Risk Factors to the vulnerability of CSEC, and the Impact of Commercial Sexual Exploitation on Children.
Presented by: Bhavna Sharma, Program Coordinator; Monique Thomas, JJC Lead Case Manager; Jackie Espana, Case Manager; Karina Keeley, SPA Coordinator from Motivating Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY)

“Taken” out of Context: What Really Goes on Behind Human Trafficking
“Taken” Out of Context:  What Really Goes On Behind Human Trafficking explores myths and misconceptions around the issue that act as potential barriers to combating modern-day slavery.  Through interactive activities, participants will learn how address these myths and become motivated advocates to fight human trafficking in a way that suits their personal talents and strengths.
Presented by Liezl Cruz, YWCA Silicon Valley

Building a Bridge: Survivor Leadership and Policy Change
Learn directly from survivors of human trafficking. In this workshop you will hear about survivor leadership in the movement to end slavery and how survivors are impacting change in legislation first hand.
Presented by: National Survivor Network and ATEST members

Intersection of Human Trafficking and Prison Industrial Complex
Presented by: Human Rights of the Incarcerated (HRI) & Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM)

An Ordinary Person’s Role in Ending Human Trafficking
Seemingly ordinary people can help create social change when they are led by their passion to make a difference.  It doesn’t take special qualifications or even extraordinary talent to impact your community’s human trafficking problem.  It requires rolling up your sleeves, doing what you do best and focusing your passion on high-impact projects.  This workshop is designed to help participants determine how to best leverage their unique abilities and resources and create/advance initiatives that inspire others to change the status quo.
Presented by: Genice Jacobs, Oakland Youth Commission Advisor; California Against Slavery, Policy Committee, Oakland CSEC Task Force

WORKSHOP SESSION #3: 3:15-4:45pm

Pimp Culture’s Lasting Allure: Narratives vs Reality
Pimping is a word that often evokes many images such as fur coats and gold chains.   Various media outlets have helped create these strong stereotypes and images.  These narratives create problems not only to the communities where pimping is a reality but to outsiders’ perspectives of the actual damage being done by pimps. In this workshop, we will be addressing stereotypes and the outlets they are being narrated through as well as how these narratives affect the community’s perception of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.  We will then discuss the ways we as a society can impact change in this area.
Presented by: Amy Rahe, Project HONEY

Practical Knowledge & Tools to Fight Trafficking
Join us for a well-rounded look at modern slavery and human trafficking.  Role play and first-hand victim stories provide a deeper understanding of how personal circumstances create trafficking vulnerability.  Have your questions answered. Take away resources to learn more and tools to actively fight slavery in your daily life.
Presented by: Patrice Young, Saint Mary’s College M.A. in Leadership, Social Justice Concentration; Holly Harwood, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee

Human Trafficking in South East Asia
VIA sends volunteers to work at anti-trafficking NGOs in Southeast Asia. This seminar will present an overview of human trafficking in Southeast Asia, focusing on the facts, myths, challenges, and solutions. The content will include ideas on how to engage as an activist.
Presented by: Patrick Arnold and Noel Lindquist of Volunteers in Asia

Let’s Be Educated Abolitionists
Come learn about Run for Courage’s model for impact. Run for Courage exists to raise awareness and funds to combat Human Trafficking and we do this in two ways: (1) Educating high school and college students about human trafficking and (2) Hosting 5K & 10K running races where we can educate thousands of runners and walkers. In this workshop, you’ll learn Human Trafficking 101 knowledge and learn more about how you as students can make a difference.
Presented by: Nicki Edrington, Run for Courage 

Why Toast is Sexy: Understanding Bias in Leadership
Find out why leaving your personal life at home just doesn’t work. This interactive session will explore personal biases in thoughts, words, and actions. Participants will learn how explicit and discrete biases impact relationships and leadership. *Explicit and offensive language may be explored as part of the session
Presented by: Brandon Tsubaki, LEAD Center Assistant Director, Fraternity and Sorority Advising and Leadership

Fundraising 101
Fundraising is hard. And while there is no shortage of resources and products to help you fundraise, how can you possibly sift through them all? We’ll take you through the basics of fundraising and development: discussing why people really give, how to utilize social media, what the grant process is like, and the importance of building partnerships. You’ll leave our workshop with your own development plan in hand!
Presented by: Brittany Murlas, Business Development Manager at Baby List; former Director of Partnerships at Piggybackr

Take Action in your Community: SB 1193 Campaign
This workshop works to help participants better understand the impact of California’s new law titled, SB 1193 & Civil Code Section 52.6 – Posting of Public Notices Regarding Slavery and Human Trafficking. This law requires certain businesses to post a human trafficking hotline notice on their storefronts, as of April 1, 2013, for the public and victims to seek help or report suspicious activity. There are posting mandates, language requirements, and penalties for those who fail to post the flier. Since creating BAHC 2 Freedom, we have re-designed the SB 1193 poster, sent letters to local businesses about the new law, and we are currently planning a Cross-Bay Community Day of Action on April 5th, 2014 1-4pm, to engage the public around this issue. This is an event where we need your assistance.
Presented by: Sarai Smith-Mazariegos, BAHC 2 Freedom

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