The schedule for FIA 2018 is as follows:

9:30am-10:30am: Registration
10:30am-11:00am: Keynote Address: Holly Joshi
11:10am-12:10pm Workshop Session 1
12:10pm-1:00pm: Lunch and Tabling (Lunch is included in the cost of your ticket!)
1:10-2:10pm: Workshop Session 2
2:10pm-2:35pm: Break
2:35pm-3:35pm: Workshop Session 3
3:45pm-4:00pm: Closing Remarks


Workshops for the 2018 Freedom in Action Conference will be based on the theme The Politics of Human Trafficking. Below is a list of this year’s workshops.


National Survivor Network: “Stigma and Trafficking”

By focusing on perceived bias we continue to enforce myths that harm or misrepresent the issue of human trafficking survivors. The legal definition of trafficking is so diverse that the continued bias of data leads to marginalization of individuals; these overlapping biases allow trafficking to be more pervasive.

Russell G. Wilson: “Transcending Commercial Sexual Exploitation: From Surviving to Thriving”

Through first-hand research and personal experience, this presentation will provide an insightful look at how victims face their daily lives as well as the tumultuous journey from sex trafficking victim to fully self-actualized thriver. The presenter will use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a skeletal foundation to explain the processes in which victims of sex trafficking deal with the trauma and stigma of life on the streets.

3Strands Global Foundation: “Combating Human Trafficking through Prevention Education and Reintegration”

3Strands Global Foundation stops the crime of human trafficking before it starts by delivering systematic and scalable prevention education to students and educators, reducing the vulnerability of California’s youth to exploitation, while also placing survivors of human trafficking and at-risk youth in sustainable, trauma-informed jobs, preventing them from future victimization.

ATHack! Inc.: “How the Politics of Big Tech Impact Human Trafficking”

Technology’s impact on human trafficking can no longer be ignored. In this workshop, we will discuss the current policies and politics of tech firms, our tech habits, and how they enable and fight human trafficking.

Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley

The Human Rights Center will present findings from two recent studies examining the challenges to addressing human trafficking in California from the perspective of key stakeholders. Researchers interviewed more than 85 law enforcement agents, prosecutors and service providers in five Bay Area counties and the L.A. County’s Human Trafficking Bureau.

Justice At Last: “When the Perpetrator is also a Victim: Prosecuting the ‘Bottom’ – What Are Her Rights As a Crime Victim of Human Trafficking?”

This workshop will address how a “Bottom” or the trafficker’s most trusted exploiter are sometimes themselves crime victims of human trafficking. It will assess these perpetrators’ options within the criminal justice system, explore their rights as crime victims, identify the conflicts within the law and provide policy and legislation recommendations.

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office H.E.A.T. Watch: “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and the Law”

Proposition 35 passed in 2012, giving California the toughest anti-trafficking law in the country. The road to getting this law on the ballot was replete with legislative and political obstacles. Learn about the challenges and the reason the law had to change, and what new laws are on the books since then.

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office H.E.A.T. Watch: “The Politics of Power: Demand”

Since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed in 2000, there have been many strides towards better serving victims of sexual exploitation. However, we continually fail to address is the buyers who create the market for commercial sex. Why have policies ignored these exploiters, and how should we fight demand in the future?