Lectures & Events

Human Trafficking Multidisciplinary Symposium: Strategic Responses

Thursday, August 29, 2019
8:15 AM - 4:15 PM
5.25 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval

The Case Western Reserve University Human Trafficking Program and the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking are hosting their first annual Human Trafficking Multidisciplinary Symposium: Strategic Responses. It will take place on August 29, 2019 at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

The symposium will include health care providers, counselors and social workers, lawyers, judges and law enforcement working together to develop strategies to address issues of victim identification, vulnerable populations, labor trafficking, public health, trauma informed services and specialty courts.

The symposium will begin with a key-note presentation from Chris Thompson, author of “The Power of Collaboration”. Breakout sessions will include expert speakers, local, regional and national, to present and discuss issues important to health care providers, lawyers, counselors and social workers.

The conference offers 5.25 hours of CLE credit (pending approval) for Attorneys, 3.25 hours of CE contact hours (pending approval) for RNs and LPNs and 5.25 hours of CEU credit (pending approval) for counselors and social workers.

Event Location
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
11030 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

8:15 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 9:10 am
Welcome, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Deans 
9:10 am – 9:15 am
Introduction of Key-note speaker by Winnifred Boylan, Esq., Collaborative to End Human Trafficking
9:15 am – 10:10 am
Keynote Speaker, Chris Thompson “The Power of Collaboration”
10:15 am – 11:30 am
Breakout Sessions I 

Human Trafficking 101

James Mackey, M.P.A., Cuyahoga Regional Sheriff’s Human Trafficking Taskforce and Northeast Ohio Money Laundering Taskforce LLC
Melanie GiaMaria, J.D., L.I.S.W., Case Western Reserve University Human Trafficking Program
Kenya Smith, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W., Manager of Project Star, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Aleksandar Cuic, J.D., Case Western Reserve University Law School, and Robert Brown LLC.

Victim Identification

Rachel Lovell, PhD., Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Kristi Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDC III, Chief Program Officer, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
James Hadam, Detective, Impact Unit, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office

Labor Trafficking

Emily Dunlap, J.D., Advocating Opportunity, Columbus, Ohio
Grace Tellez, Advocating Opportunity, Columbus, Ohio
Gonzalo Martinez de Vedia, Program Manager, Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery, Arizona State University
Erin Albright, J.D., Visiting Fellow, U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime

11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Breakout Sessions II

Public Health/Trafficking

Hanni Stoklosa, M.D. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Emergency Medicine
Kathleen Hackett, MSN, RN, SANE-P, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Long-term Trauma Informed Services

Long-term Trauma Informed Services

Sue Marasco, Ph.D., Director of Education and Trauma Recovery Services, May Dugan Multi-Service Center
Pat Krikorian, Executive Director, Lilipad
Melissa Meyer, Director of Equity Initiatives, Lighthouse Youth And Family Services

Specialty Courts

Judge Marilyn Cassidy, Cleveland Municipal Court, FLY Court
Judge Joan Synenberg, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Recovery Court
Judge Jennifer O’Malley, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Safe Harbor Docket
12:45 am – 12:55 pm
12:55 pm – 1:40 pm
David Medina, Strategic Research Analyst, Polaris, “Labor Trafficking, Recruitment to Reintegration”
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Breakout Sessions III

Healthcare Priorities/Trafficking

Hanni Stoklosa, M.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Emergency Medicine
Sr. Anne Victory, HM, RN, MSN, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking
Michele Reali- Sorrell, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P , Cleveland Clinic 

Victim Identification/Issues of Unseen Victims

Chris Seedhouse, M.S.W. CATS (Community Assessment and Treatment Services)/Drug Court
Martha Newman, LSW, Cuyahoga County Jail
Anthony Forbes, M.S.W., AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Marlon Johnson, M.A. , Practical Theology, Trauma Intervention Specialist, May Dugan Center
Tara Costo, Quality Control Supervisor – Residential, Clean Turn

Prosecutors/Defenders/Issues in prosecuting perpetrators and protecting victims

Carol Skutnik, Esq., Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio
Magistrate Holly Welsh, Esq., Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Summary Report of Lessons Learned & Challenges to Address
Judith Lipton, Esq. & Maya Simek, Esq., CWRU Human Trafficking Law Program
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