Notre Dame College, Renee Jones Empowerment Center Present 2019 National Human Trafficking Day Conference

Notre Dame College continues its partnership with the Renee Jones Empowerment Center observing National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2019 with a regional conference for the cause.

The College and Center jointly host the 2019 Northeast Ohio National Human Trafficking Day Conference on Friday, January 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of the Administration Building on the Notre Dame campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The annual educational program brings together law enforcement officials, legal professionals and victim support experts with concerned citizens and the business community to diminish human trafficking, sex slavery and forced labor in Ohio.

The symposium this year features new sessions on the role of pharmacology and how banks are helping in the fight. According to the Renee Jones Empowerment Center and Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic, human trafficking is the fastest growing illegal business in the United States, especially since the same people can be sold more than once. In addition, individuals trapped in sex slavery and forced labor often access medical services, sometimes with captors present. Medical personnel, now including pharmacists, with awareness and training can assist in identifying and helping victims.

The 2019 Northeast Ohio National Human Trafficking Day Conference has been approved for 7.25 continuing education credits for social workers. Nursing contact hours also are available upon successful completion of the program through University Hospitals, an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Notre Dame is among the main allies of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, which has grown from a weekly Catholic Charities program originally designed to assist the homeless to an education and action agency for multiple social service movements around the world. The Center coordinates its regional human trafficking efforts with the College, FBI Task Force on Human Trafficking, the Rape Crisis Center, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Cleveland State University and the National Council on Jewish Women.

In the United States, January was designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 2010. Since then, with the help of nongovernment organizations, National Human Trafficking Day has been observed annually on January 11.

The agenda and speakers for the 2019 Northeast Ohio National Human Trafficking Day Conference are:

Track 1

LAW CLINIC

Maureen Guirguis, Director, The Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic

Track 2

PILOT PROGRAM: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SURVIVOR'S GROUP

Katherine Antall, M.S., Human Sexuality Specialist/Psychology Assistant; Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Track 3

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND HOW PHARMACOLOGY INTERSECTS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER

Kathleen Hackett, R.N., M.S.N., SANE-P, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children SANE Coordinator

Track 4

SURVIVOR RECOVERY PANEL

Track 5

ADDRESSING TRIGGERS FOR THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM

Keesha McMillian, M.Ed., LSW, LPCC-S, LICDC-S, OCPSII

Track 6

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Detective Kimberly Bartholomew, Ohio Investigative Unit

Track 7

HOW BANKS ARE HELPING IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Catherine Brown, Saving Grace

Track 8

ZONTA CLUB PROJECT

Zonta International is a global organization of more than 29,000 members in nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 63 countries serving women worldwide through service and advocacy and celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019.

Symposium details and advance reservations are available online. Seating is limited. The cost of the symposium is $60, or $25 for students and seniors with no accreditation. A valid student ID must be presented on the day of conference. Conference registration includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information, email rjmotivation@yahoo.com or call 216.651.9601.

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