Workshops

Human Trafficking and the Superbowl Myth

Presenter: Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition – Brian Wo, Co-Founder and Russell Wilson

The Super Bowl has become associated with human trafficking in recent years. This workshop will explore the perceived relationship between large events and human trafficking, while reflecting on the experience of the Bay Area anti-trafficking community with regards to Super Bowl 50. We will also discuss the importance of education regarding how collaborative efforts can impact human trafficking around large events, including what each of the players at the table offer (i.e., service providers, outreach organizations, law enforcement, government agencies, etc.).

CSEC and The Law

Presenters: Alameda County District Attorney’s Office – Sabrina Farrell, Deputy District Attorney-Juvenile Division

The CASE Act passed with over 80% voter approval and drastically increased the criminal consequences for criminals who commercially sexually exploit children. This workshop helps attendees understand the current CA Human Trafficking laws and educates them on the policies and practices of the District Attorney’s Office to combat this epidemic. Participants will also be given local statistics about CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children) and prosecution in Alameda County.

Self-Care and Vicarious Trauma

Presenters: Breaking the Chains – Debra Woods Co-Founder/CEO/ Survivor and Tiffany Apodaca Co-Founder/ CFO

This workshop will discuss best practice relationships for the advocate and the survivor in order to establish a healthy, helping relationship foundation that will best promote restoration and healing to survivors of human trafficking. Discussion topics will include understanding the human trafficking population, as well as boundaries and triggers to the human trafficking population. Conversation will also be facilitated with a survivor and a Q&A session with the survivor and instructors.

Labor Trafficking in Global Supply Chains and the Role of Business

Presenters: Humanity United – Sandy Tesch Wilkins, Investments Manager and Amantia Muhedini, Investments Fellow

The International Labor Organization estimates that 14 million people around the world are victims of forced labor in global supply chains, which means they are producing the goods we all consume every day. What is the system that produces forced labor in supply chains? What is the role of corporations in addressing it? This workshop will address these questions through case studies on labor trafficking and company responses.

Prevention Education: The Importance of Educating our Youth on Human Trafficking

Presenter: 3Strands – Ashlie Bryant, Co-Founder and President

This workshop will draw upon case studies, while discussions and other techniques will be used to educate students on labor and sex trafficking in California, the role of prevention in schools, and US protocol. Participants will also learn about the 3Strands Break Free Education Program.  

Healing Through the Expressive Arts: the Power of Creativity

Presenter: ARM (Art, Recreation, Movement) of Care – Kelsey Ellis, Program Assistant

This workshop will go over the signs of trauma and the benefits of the creative arts on the healing process. Investments made in a personal healing process is foundational to what can be offered to the well being of others. This workshop will include the sharing of stories, a presentation, and a hands on project.

What is Justice Supposed to Look Like?

Presenter: Justice at Last – Rose Mukhar, Social Justice & Human Rights Attorney

Justice At Last provides legal advocacy for survivors of trafficking. We will explore how victims of trafficking have often been criminalized and re-victimized by the justice system.  We will also review victims’ rights and learn how law enforcement and service providers can utilize victim-centered/trauma-informed approaches so that survivors can become empowered and ultimately champions of their own lives.

Economics of Modern-Day Slavery

Presenter: Steven Hoeschele

Slavery is an industry. This workshop looks at big picture economic factors driving the supply of laborers, while tying in the transAtlantic slave trade and the colonial era. We will then zoom in for a micro-economic look at the demand angle of the trafficking business. Participants will learn about the basics of economic globalization, how these forces have come to make some people more prone to being trafficked, that slavery is an economic phenomenon to be studied, and some of the push/pull factors in trafficking and slavery.

Best Practices in Servicing CSEC

Presenters: Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting & Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY, Inc.) –  Jakki Bedsole and Jasmine Hawkins

The workshop will provide an overview of the scope of what the commercial exploitation of youth is,  as well as interactive case studies on how we approach our work with youth from a survivor informed perspective.  Participants will come away with an increased understanding of what youth are experiencing, best practices on how we engage with youth, and what members of the community can do to end the exploitation of children.

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

Presenter: International Justice Mission – Kate Case, Regional Field Organizer-West

This workshop will focus on the connection of rule of law work and the elimination of poverty and how individuals can make an impact in this work. This workshop will feature case studies from IJM clients and a facilitated discussion.

Best Practices Fighting Modern Slavery for Religious Communities: Showing Up, Holding Space and Letting Be

Presenter: Unitarian Universalist Abolitionists – Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern and Debora Pembrook

This workshop will come from a progressive religious perspective, but will analyze both the pros and cons of various religious communities helping survivors of human trafficking and helping to end modern slavery. This workshop is open to people of all faiths or no faith.

DMST Engagement Services, Trauma Informed Care Overview

Presenter:  S.H.A.D.E ( Survivors Healing, Advising and Dedicated to Empowerment) – Sarai Smith-Mazariegos, CEO/Founder

From a survivor’s perspective, this workshop will allow participants to gain a beginning understanding of the impact of complex trauma on victims of human trafficking, review current trauma specific therapies, look at basic needs of trauma survivors in programs and residential services, as well as review the ingredients of trauma informed practices. Participants will gain a better understanding of how complex trauma affects victims of human trafficking and how trauma informed care makes advocate’s efforts more effective and successful in supporting survivors.

Alameda County DA: Broad Spectrum California Labor Exploitation Enforcement

Presenter: Alameda County H.E.A.T. Watch – Dan Roisman DDA

To catch labor traffickers, we need to look for labor exploitation as broadly as possible. Case studies and discussions will be used to cover the red flags of labor exploitation, lesser crimes to look for where labor trafficking may not be provable, common labor trafficking schemes, and questions to ask when in contact with someone you think is labor trafficked.

How the Media Perpetuates Human Trafficking

Presenter: UC Berkeley School of Law  – Alynia Phillips Director of the Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project

This workshop will explore the connection between negative sexual images portrayed in the media and the underground criminal enterprise that is the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Topics will include information on the sex trade, a definition of pimp culture, normalization, healthy vs harmful imaging, etc. Case studies, songs, and advertisements will be analyzed.

Commissioning the Youth in the Fight Against Trafficking

Presenter: Love Never Fails – Benita Hopkins, Director of Education and Community Activism

This workshop will look at organic methods of the students to determine ways to prevent and fight trafficking in their sphere of influence. Using science, technology, engineering, art, or math are ways to advocate, get involved, and fight trafficking. We will hear from fellow students, gain insight into ideas and use the imagination as a pivotal and liberating experience in this workshop. Participants will be encouraged to think about what skills they aspire to have, realize the talents they already possess and imagine how to use those talents in the prevention of trafficking as advocacy tools.

Human Trafficking Among the API Community

Presenter: My Sister’s House – Brittany Bray, Human Trafficking Specialist

This workshop will discuss the impact of human trafficking on Asian and Pacific Islander women, analyze case studies, and discuss future collaborative efforts. Topics will include the intersections and facets of human trafficking for API women (domestic violence, servile marriage, forced marriage of minors, immigration, familial trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation), and outreach efforts.

The Intersection of School-to-Prison Pipeline and Human Trafficking

Presenter: The Underground Scholars Initiative – Froggy, Community Organizer

The political structure has evolved to create a stigma for formerly incarcerated people that society has accepted. The Underground Scholars Initiative aims to break the false assumptions of people currently and formerly incarcerated by providing access and support to higher education. We aim to use higher education as the key tool to keep people coming out of the system, from going back in. This workshop will provide clear data on population incarcerated and the struggle for people getting out of jail and/or prison and trying to reconnect with society, in relation to how this social justice issue intersects with human trafficking.

Intersection of Human Trafficking and Cycles of Violence: Foster Care, Substance Abuse, and Domestic Violence

Presenter: Sayuri Takagawa, UC Berkeley Alumnus/Human Rights Advocate, previously with MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring Supporting, Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) Inc. and Freedom House-The Nest

This workshop aims to examine the Duluth model to understand the cyclical nature of violence and to be better informed about the intersection of domestic violence, foster care, and substance abuse in relation to human trafficking.

Coalition Building as the Key Weapon in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Presenter: Freedom House – Marianna Warmee, Federal Administrative Judge

It is universally recognized that collaboration is the key weapon in the fight against human trafficking.  This platitude, however, fails to capture the true complexity involved in the mechanics and practical realities of such coalition-building.  As complex and nuanced as the crimes of human trafficking are, building an effective collaborative response can be just as complex and challenging.  Attend this workshop to learn tips on creating effective coalitions and discuss the future role of the collaborative approach in the dynamic context of anti-trafficking

Not “Just a bad choice:” CSEC, Mental Health, and Social Justice

Presenters: West Coast Children’s Clinic, Elise Geltman, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer, C-Change Program & Amara Benjamin-Bullock, MFTI, Clinician and Trainer, C-Change Program

This workshop will identify vulnerabilities, the impact of trauma, and mental health treatment aspects from a trauma informed care framework as they specifically link to CSEC. It will also explore the relationship between present day child sex exploitation and the construct of systemic oppression and structural racism.