January 15, 2016: Human Trafficking
Investigation, Screening and Victim Services
Friday, January 15
1 - 4:30 p.m.
Africa Room, Duquesne Union
When most of us hear the phrase "human trafficking," we assume it's being used in reference to some far-off country or long-ago time. In fact, modern-day slavery, much of it for the purposes of conducting prostitution, is very much a problem here and now. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, nearly 23,000 cases have been opened since 2007, more than 4,000 of them this year alone. Here in Pennsylvania, 75 cases involving up to 662 victims have been opened in 2015.
To offer professionals and others a better understanding of this shockingly widespread crime and what is being done in our region both to bring its perpetrators to justice and meet the medical and psychological needs of its victims, the Institute is pleased to announce its first Forensic Fridays seminar of 2016. Featuring Judy Hale Reed, staff attorney and special projects coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania Human Trafficking Coalition; Dr. Elizabeth Miller, chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; and Jessica Lieber Smolar, deputy chief of the Civil Rights, Exploitation, and Corruption Section and Project Safe Child coordinator for the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania; this half-day seminar is being offered both onsite and ONLINE to members of relevant professional groups.
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