Human Trafficking Multidisciplinary Symposium: Strategic Responses

Thursday, August 29th, 2019
8:15 AM - 4:15 PM

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Case Western Reserve University Program to End Human Trafficking and The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking

6 hours of CLE credit has been approved

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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.

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Time Topic
8:15 am - 9:00 am Registration/Breakfast
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., Director, Cuyahoga Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce

Melanie GiaMaria, J.D., L.I.S.W., Case Western Reserve University Human Trafficking Program

Keyna 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, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education ,Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Kristi Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDC III, Chief Program Officer, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

James "Jay" Hadam, Detective, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office

Labor Trafficking

Emily Dunlap, J.D., Staff Attorney, Advocating Opportunity, Columbus, Ohio

Grace Tellez, Client Advocate 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., MPH Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Emergency Medicine; Executive Director, H.E.A.L. Trafficking

Kathleen Hackett, MSN, RN, SANE-P, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Coordinator

Long-term Trauma Informed Services

Sue Marasco, Ph.D., Director of Education and Trauma Recovery Services, May Dugan Multi-Service Center

Pat Krikorian, J.D. M.S.S.A., Executive Director, Lilipad, North Carolina

Melissa Meyer, Director of Equity Initiatives, Lighthouse Youth And Family Services

Specialty Courts

Judge Marilyn Cassidy, Cleveland Municipal Court, FLY Court

Judge Jennifer O’Malley, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Safe Harbor Docket

Judge Joan Synenberg, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Recovery Court

12:45 am – 12:55 pm Lunch
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., MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Emergency Medicine; Executive Director, H.E.A.L. Trafficking

Sr. Anne Victory, HM, RN, MSN, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking

Michele Reali-Sorrell, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P , Cleveland Clinic , Enterprise Forensic Nurse Program Manager

Victim Identification/Issues of Unseen Victims

Chris Seedhouse, B.S.W.Licensed Social Worker,  CATS (Community Assessment and Treatment Services)/Drug Court Liaison

Martha Newman, L.S.W., Program Officer 4, Sheriff’s Office, Corrections

Anthony Forbes, M.S.W., AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Marlon Johnson, M.A. , Trauma Intervention Specialist, May Dugan Center

Tara Costo, Quality Control Supervisor – Residential, Clean Turn

Human Trafficking: View from Prosecutors

Carol Skutnik, Esq., Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio

Magistrate Holly Welsh, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court: Delinquency and Safe Harbor Docket

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Summary Report of Lessons Learned & Challenges to Address
Judith Lipton, J.D. & Maya Simek, Esq., CWRU Human Trafficking Law Program
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Walk Through of the Botanical Garden (optional)


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