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Please join us for the 2017 CSJ Center Symposium "Hidden in the Crowd: Human Trafficking Locally and Globally"

RSVP requested but not required.  Free and Open to the Public.  Please RSVP here:

Day 1 (Tuesday, January 24, 2017)

9:40am - 11:10am Hilton 100 - Trafficking 101

An introduction to human trafficking trends and cases nationwide, along with a brief survey of federal and California laws meant to combat trafficking. 

Presentation by Terry Coonan, Executive Director of Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and Associate Professor of Criminology at Florida State University.  He leads the multidisciplinary center's efforts to educate and train a new generation of human rights advocates, track human rights issues and serve as an advocate for human rights nationally and internationally.

11:20am - 12:50pm Hilton 100 - TRAFFICKCAM: Stakeholders Collaborating to End Sex Trafficking

All stakeholders need to join together to fight the atrocity of commercial sexual exploitation.  Discover how you as an individual and as a business person have the ability to bring this issue to light and join us in the fight.  Learn how your influence and connections with corporations can help stop child sex trafficking.  This presentation will take you on our journey and the realization that we can make a difference by collaborating with a variety of stakeholders.  These stakeholders include corporations, technology and the religious and the amazing result of this journey is the TraffickCamTraffickCam allows anyone with a smartphone to fight sex trafficking when they travel by uploading photos of hotel rooms to a law enforcement database.  Sex traffickers regularly post photos of victims posed in hotel rooms in their online advertisements.  In fact, 75% of underage sex trafficking victims said they had veen advertised or sold online.  (Thorn, 2015)  Investigators can use these ads as evidence to find victims and prosecute perpetrators if they can determine where the photos were taken.  Our mission was truly fulfilled when we launched the free mobile app TraffickCam which empowers travelers to anonymously photograph hotel rooms and upload the data to a national law enforcement database.  In the first six months, more than 38 million people learned about the sex trafficking issue and 95,000 downloaded the app.

Presentation by Kimberly Ritter, Director of Development for Exchange Initiative and Senior Account Manager for NIX Conference and Meeting Management.

2:40pm - 4:10pm Hilton 100 - Roads to Advocacy

This panel is focused on different groups currently working on this issue "on the ground."  Representatives from a variety of groups working on this issue to give an overview.

Panelists: Stephanie Molen, Director of Partnerships at CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) and a trafficking survivor. Moderator: Jessica Viramontes for the Center for Service and Action.

6:00pm -Ahmanson Auditorium -  Voices of Justice Reception and Performances

LMU Students will perform the dramatized narratives from CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) participants.

Day 2 (Wednesday, January 25, 2017)

9:40am - 11:10am Von der Ahe Family Suite, Hannon Library - Human Trafficking: It's Everybody's Business

This panel will explore the legal and ethical issues of human trafficking in legitimate businesses.  Combating the atrocities of human trafficking in restaurants, hotels, and companies' supply chains will be discussed by the panel.  A description of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, and its enforcement, will be included.

Panelists: Brenda Wells, Founder and President of i-5 Freedom Network and Corporate Trainer with Dale Carnegie and Associates; Todd Forester, GM of the Holiday Inn San Clemente and Vice President of i-5 Freedom Network; and Anthony Seferian, Deputy Attorney General, State of California Department of Justice.  Moderator: Lawrence Kalbers, R. Chad Dreier Chair in Accounting, Loyola Marymount University.

12:40pm - 2:10pm Von der Ahe Family Suite, Hannon Library - Legal and Law Enforcement Panel

This panel will explore criminal law prosecution and civil rights litigation, as well as advocacy efforts to influence laws and policies.

Panelists: Detective Teague from LAPD, Nicole Gon Ochi from Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Angelique Bradley from CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) and a trafficking survivor.  Moderator: Kathleen Kim, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School.

2:20pm - 3:50pm Von der Ahe Family Suite, Hannon Library - Religion, Trafficking and Asia

This panel examins the religious, theological and ethical dimensions of human trafficking in the context Asia and Asian American.  Through critical and constructive analysis of the ways in which religions both support and oppose trafficking in the formulations of gender, sexuality, and human dignity, the panelists offer suggestions for rethinking interreligious spirituality and collaboration for the common good.

Panelists: Sr. Maria Lai, CSJ, Campus Ministry; Karen Enriquez, Assistant Professor, Theological Studies and Jonathan Rothchild, Associate Professor, Theological Studies.  Moderated by Tracy Tiemeier, Associate Professor, Theological Studies

4:20pm - 6:00pm Von der Ahe Family Suite, Hannon Library - Partnering with Law Enforcement

This panel is focused on the coordination of different kinds of agencies all focused on the same goal of identifying, rescuing and helping victims.  Addressing issues that come up when engaging in legal and policy advocacy.

Panelists: Lt. Kent Wegener from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office; Becca Channell Task Force Coordinator for CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) and a trafficking survivor.  Moderator: Liza Taylor, Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science.

Day 3 (Thursday, January 26, 2017)

9:40am - 11:10am Ahmanson Auditorium - Under Our Noses / What to Look For

Who are the victims of human trafficking?  Who are the traffickers?  Trafficking can take place anywhere from escort services, massage parlors, domestic labor, restaurants, door-to-door sales to factory work.  How are victims recruited or coerced into slavery?  There are general clues to help up identify victims and be vigilant to "look beneath the surface" in situations that don't seem quite right.  Once we do suspect someone to be a victim what do we do?  What lies ahead for them once rescued?  Hear from people who work to promote awareness.

Panelists: Corrine St. Thomas-Stowers from Orange County District Attorney's Office, Tina Paulson from the Association for the Recovery of Children and a trafficking survivor.   Moderator: Christine Cervenak, Associate Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law University of Notre Dame.

11:20am - 12:50pm Ahmanson Auditorium - Preventing Abuse

In a world where moral absolutes are being erased, where human dignity is being redefined and the emphasis on caring for those who are trafficked and exploited fading into the shadows we must not only ask ourselved why this is happening but also what is the one thing that consumes society to such a point that the very psychological profile of a person who normally would not turn a blind eye to trafficking is altered to do exactly that.  From the standpoint of psychology, it is a habit, a more or less fixed way of thinking and often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because the behavioral patterns are imprinted in our neural pathways.  At the end of the panel, the audience will have engaged in a process of self-analysis to discover the one habit that left undetected, unchanged or ignored is guaranteed to sabotage the efforts of even the most sincere anti-trafficking professionals.

Presentation by Bazzel Baz from the Association for the Recovery of Children, Moderator: Jennifer Ramos, Associate Professor, Political Science.

1:00pm - 2:30pm Ahmanson Auditorium- Vulnerable Populations

This workshop will address the different populations who are at risk of becoming victims of sex and labor trafficking.  Immigrants are not the only ones at risk, vulnerable U.S. citizens are also a prime target to traffickers.  We will learn about the "Safe Harbor Movement" which includes the vulernable populations of teenage runaways, foster care / emancipated young adults and young adults in the juvenile justice system.  We will hear statistics and actual cases that are used to train judges, lawyers and social workers.  We will learn about what is being done and what is needed to protect these young adults and at-risk children.

Panelists: Terry Coonan from Florida State University; Christine Cervenak from Notre Dame Law School; Ami Rowland from Covenant House California and Officer Julio Estrada from L.A.P.D. Human Trafficking Unit.  Moderator: Maria Elena Perales from the Justice Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

2:40pm - 4:10pm Ahmanson Auditorium - What Can University Communities and Religious Congregations Do?

Discussion of promising practices on the part of university communities and Catholic religious congregations to combat trafficking and assist survivors. 

Presentation by Terry Coonan from Florida State University and Christine Cervenak from Notre Dame Law School.

4:30pm - 6:00 pm Ahmanson Auditorium - Short Film Presentation

Fr. Charles Vijay Kumar will be showcasing his three short films on human trafficking: Human Sex Trafficking in California, What Parents Need to Know About Human Trafficking and Faith Communities Against Human Trafficking. Moderator: Fr. Allan Deck, S.J., Distinguished Scholor of Pastoral Theology and Latino Studies in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

Part One Trafficked in the U.S. (15.18 minutes) exposed the cruel reality of sex trafficking in the U.S. through the stark yet determined stories of two women, bold survivors.  While the prevalence of sex trafficking in the U.S. is a known thing, not many know that most victims are not girls brought in from some third world county, but are girls born and brought up in America.  Stories of Susan Munsey and Amanda Long, along with the insights of Lt. Andre Dawson (LAPD) reveal the fact that anyone could be victims of this terrible crime, and sensitization is the way to fight it.

Part Two What Parents Need to Know About Human Trafficking (12.18 minutes) Jon Moffat, a cyber safety trainer along with Charlie and Jessica Echeverry share some very useful and practical parenting tips of how to protect your kids from the dangers of human trafficking lurking not only out on the streets, but prevalent in the internet especially on social media.

Part Three Faith Communities Against Human Trafficking (8.29 minutes) Susan Patterson (Author/Activist) along with others shares some simple yet powerful ways through which faith communities could and need to fight human trafficking.

Fr. Charles Vijay Kumar, C.Ss.R. is a Redemptorist Missionary belonging to the Province of Bangalore, India.  Have felt a special calling for media ministry is now pursuing a masters degree in Film and Televion at Loyola Marymount University.  The documentary series - Trafficked in the U.S. - was part of his college program and a result of a year long research and production.