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April 12, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: Law School Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

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Sex trafficking involves commercialized sex acts in exchange for something of value. There are two basic forms of sex trafficking: (1) trafficking adults through force, fraud, or coercion and (2) trafficking children. Far from being a “foreign” problem, sex trafficking has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, as both the internet and substance dependency provide greater access to vulnerability. Vulnerable populations are often the most targeted, including homeless youth, victims of discrimination, asylum-seekers, and victims of domestic violence. Although sex trafficking has become a popular topic, it is rife with misconceptions. Unfortunately, many laws, policies, and practices misplace the emphasis on criminalizing and pathologizing trafficked individuals. This emphasis erroneously prosecutes sex trafficking victims, which subsequently empowers the traffickers.

Advancing a future of effective legal advocacy requires deconstructing misconceptions about sex trafficking and recognizing its often intraracial character. On April 12 at Wayne Law, experts on state and federal sex trafficking laws will explore the current status and future goals of sex trafficking law reform. Through a comprehensive assessment, this conference will advance social justice for those who are dedicated to eradicating the exploitation of the vulnerable.

Continuing education credits for social workers are free.

Free admission, open to the public
Continental breakfast and lunch provided

Schedule

9 a.m. Welcome
  • Dean Richard A. Bierschbach, Wayne State University Law School
  • Governor Kim Trent, chair, WSU Board of Governors
9:10 a.m. Opening remarks
  • Angela Povilaitis, Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
9:30 a.m. "The Insatiable Appetite for Sexually Exploiting Vulnerability"
  • Assistant Professor Blanche Cook, Wayne State University Law School
10 a.m. "Insight and Perspective from a Survivor"
  • April Doss, survivor
  • Alice Jay, survivor
  • Moderator: Ben VanSlyke, first-year Wayne Law student
10:40 a.m. "Sex Trafficking in Social Policy and Legislation"
  • Celia Williamson, executive director of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute and professor of social work at the University of Toledo
11:20 a.m. "Meeting Needs and Overcoming Barriers: Legal Advocacy for Sex Trafficking Victims"
  • April Doss, survivor
  • Heidi Naasko, National Pro Bono and Diversity Counsel, Dykema
  • Melissa Novock, director of human trafficking services, Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner
  • Sandy Palazzolo, victim-witness coordinator, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Celia Williamson, executive director of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute and professor of social work at the University of Toledo
  • Moderator: Rebecca Bundy, first-year Wayne Law student
12:40 Lunch and "A Closer Look Inside the Federal Cases"
  • James Gerometta, federal public defender
  • Margaret Smith, assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Michigan 
  • Andrew Wise, federal public defender
  • Sara Woodward, assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Michigan 
  • Moderator: Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Introducing Hon. Elizabeth Stafford: Taylor Hilton, second-year law student

1:50 p.m. "Investigation and Adjudication at the State Level"
  • Danielle Bastien, registered nurse, Henry Ford Hospital
  • Danielle Bennetts, lead attorney, Sexual Assault Team, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
  • Kelly Carter, assistant attorney general, Michigan Department of Attorney General
  • Tracee Jackson, mental health program director, Prostitution Offenders Program, Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center
  • Allen Williams, police officer, Detroit Police Department - Vice Squad
  • Moderator: Elisabeth Moore, second-year Wayne Law student
3 p.m. "Investigation and Adjudication at the Federal Level"
  • Amanda Jawad, assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Nate Knapper, special agent, FBI
  • Nicole McGee, victim specialist, FBI
  • Moderator: Taylor Hilton, second-year Wayne Law student
4:10 p.m. "A Multi-Faceted Dialogue on Sex Trafficking"
  • Danielle Bennetts, lead attorney, Sexual Assault Team, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
  • Kelly Carter, assistant attorney general, Michigan Department of Attorney General
  • David Champine, APA, Sexual Assault Team, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
  • Alice Jay, survivor
  • Nicole McGee, victim specialist, FBI
  • Moderator: Lydia Mikail, first-year Wayne Law student
5:10 p.m. Closing remarks, networking reception to follow
 
Sponsors: Avalon International Breads, LaPita Fresh and Starbucks
 
For more information about this event, please contact Taylor Hilton at or gk6140@wayne.edu.