Symposium Workshop Descriptions

Kerry Battenfeld

Session Title: Communication and Education as Tools for Combating Trafficking

Workshop Description: The presentation will focus on International Institute of Buffalo’s program philosophy which is human rights based, victim-centered and trauma-informed.  This will include a discussion of trafficking dynamics and victim mindsets.  The workshop will explore how the victims’ understanding of trafficking informs the organization’s program philosophy and consequently the training of service providers, law enforcement and community members.  

Sergeant Blake Carlson

Session Title:  The Dimensions of Human Trafficking in a Border State: The Intersection of Crime Control and Immigration Policy

Workshop Description: The state of Arizona has been in the national headlines as a focal point of the issues surrounding illegal immigration, human trafficking and immigration rights.  This session examines the topic of human trafficking from the unique perspective of a local law enforcement officer who has observed, firsthand, the causes and consequences of this activity. The discussion will include the influence human trafficking has on the daily lives of the citizens of the state and the community of undocumented persons.  Participants of this session will be shown a direct relationship between human trafficking and subsidiary crimes such as sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, robbery, kidnapping, prostitution, drug trafficking and gang violence. Technical trends in the facilitation human trafficking, such as the use of social media and the internet, will be examined.  The influence of human trafficking on public opinion and public policy, specifically Arizona’s SB1070 anti-immigration law, will be discussed.

 Jose Miguel and Luz Stella De Angulo

 Session Title: Best Practices in Prevention Programs: Linking Poverty, Health, Gender and the Sexual Exploitation of Children

 Workshop Description: Children and adolescents who are sexually exploited suffer a serious range of mental, psychological, physical and behavioral problems, both in the short term and the long term. These problems typically include serious damage to their self-identity, the way they relate with others and the way they relate within a complex world system. A Public Health approach is required to remove these problems from society.  This entails a long term effort to create a culture of human rights and respect of children by deconstructing the androcentric and adult-centric societies we live in. In this session, the speakers will focus on short and middle term efforts to equip society with prompt and effective responses to sexual violence.  Approaches within the health care, criminal justice, educational and human service systems will be examined.  Extensive focus will also be given to relevant responses for organizations, families and society as a whole.

Renan Salgado

Session Title: From Global to Local - The Realities of Labor Trafficking in western New York

Workshop Description: Much of the focus on human trafficking in the United States, as well as throughout the globe, has been placed on sex trafficking.  Why is this?  Why is labor trafficking being addressed much less despite the fact that most of the human trafficking taking place, particularly in the U.S., is the trafficking of men who've performed slave labor since the formation of this country?  This presentation will touch upon the history of human trafficking and the current existence of slavery, mainly placing the lens on the history of agriculture and it's parallel with the history of trafficking.  Today, agriculture remains the most powerful industry in New York state.  Across the state, it stimulates economic growth, with the labor being performed by an invisible population that continues to suffer from the very definitions of human trafficking: force, fraud, and coercion.

Nicole Wood

Session Title:  Responding to Human Trafficking: A Governmental Perspective

Workshop Description:Overview of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships’ response in combating human trafficking on a national level and in local communities.