Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 Chosen Advocates Association NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUMMIT at Infinity Park Glendale, Colorado

2015 Chosen Advocates Association National Human Trafficking Summit at Infinity Park Glendale, Colorado

Victims of sex trafficking become trapped in a prison of silence and bound by chains of fear that are imbued with threats of extreme violence. As a victim of child sex trafficking, there were many times that a health care worker armed with the knowledge to recognize the suffering I endured could have changed my life. Victims of human trafficking are denied the basic needs every person deserves and access to health care is a tightly controlled commodity that leaves many desperate and isolated from access due to the shame they bear and the lack of specialized care they deserve. Chosen Advocates Association has courageously moved to stand in the gap to build a refuge for victims of human trafficking from the chaos and danger of the world they have become trapped in. The planned facility will save countless lives and provide a beacon of hope in the darkness that consumes the lives of sex trafficking victims. I wholeheartedly support Chosen Advocates Association and their efforts to bring all victims and survivors of human trafficking into the light of hope and into the arms of recovery from all they have endured.

Please join me on Friday September 11, 2015 for the
2015 Chosen Advocates​ Association NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUMMIT at Infinity Park Events Center Ballroom, 4400 E. Kentucky Avenue. Glendale, Colorado 80246. I will be a keynote speaker as well as presenting a seminar on trafficked boys: 
Workshop title: Trafficked Boys: Bringing male victims of sex trafficking out of the shadows.

Workshop description: Male victims of sex trafficking have historically been an invisible population. Recent developments have begun to raise the curtain on the expansive number of young boys being sexually trafficked in this country. During my presentation, I will present a comprehensive look at the issue of child sex trafficking and the evolution of the male victim. I will also present strategies for the education and prevention of child sex trafficking and discuss alternatives for the after care and recovery of male victims.
Also joining me will be Susan Norris, author of Rescuing Hope, Dr. Laura Lederer - President of Global Centurion Fighting Modern Slavery, Angela Graf, President and Founder CAA, Heather Davis​, Founder Mothers Against Human Trafficking (MAHT), Dwayne and Terry Meeks, Executive Directors Urban Colors Arts & Mentoring (UCAM) , Yvonne Williams​, CEO and Founder Trafficking in America Task Force-Human Trafficking in America​ (TIATF), Greg Bristol, retired FBI agent who specialized in HT investigations.
Founder of The Human Trafficking Training Institute (HTTI), CO State Legislator Rhonda Fields, Polaris (TBD), and Celhia De Lavarene​, Founder Stop Trafficking Of People - STOP​ (STOP) international task force. (Mrs. De Lavaerne that has participated in 3,000 rescues). 

To find out more or register for the event please visit the 2015 CAA NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUMMIT website here:
I hope to see everyone in Denver on September 11, 2015 when we will join together to say we will no longer accept the heartache and pain of our loved ones and friends being trafficked and sold by an evil that profits from the sale of a child's innocence and the practice of rape for profit.
Warmest Regards,
Jerome Elam

Financial and Legal Resources for Victims of Sex Trafficking

Abolitionist William Wilberforce said, “You can choose to look the other way, but you can never say again you did not know.”

For Victims of Sex Trafficking:

 Thistle Farms

Thistle Farms employs almost 60 Magdalene residents or graduates. While working at Thistle Farms, women learn skills in manufacturing, packaging, marketing and sales, and administration. It is a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage. Employees have the opportunity to put a percentage of their earnings in a matched savings account provided by Magdalene. Through Thistle Farms, the women of Magdalene gain much needed job skills, and learn responsibility and cooperation. Thistle Farms is housed in an 11,000 square feet sales and manufacturing facility. Thistle Stop Cafe, and the paper and sewing studios are also in the same building. We are committed to growing in order to employ more women and have greater opportunities to share our stories of healing on a larger scale. 

  Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAW)

In the Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAW), we fund two priority areas (pillars): movement building and ending violence against women. Within the first pillar, we fund initiatives that promote movement building through women's funds, "anchor” women’s organisations and networks. Within the second pillar, we focus more specifically on: human trafficking and exploitation; intra-familial violence; and violence against women that takes place in situations of crisis.


Sabre sets up first-ever educational scholarship program for human trafficking survivors -

 See more at: http://www.sabre.com/newsroom/sabre-sets-up-first-ever-educational-scholarship-program-for-human-trafficking-survivors/#sthash.qssMsbwW.dpuf

University of Michigan Free Legal Services for Human Trafficking Victims:  

The HTC is the first legal clinic solely dedicated to human trafficking in the United States. It offers students at the University of Michigan Law School the opportunity to gain practical skills in the legal fields related to helping victims of human trafficking. The students in the clinic also run community outreach and education initiatives and conduct research about the state of laws relating to human trafficking. Not only do the students gain valuable advocacy skills, they have been and will continue to be instrumental in protecting victims' rights, in shaping the policy conversation, and in drafting the language used in amendments to trafficking laws.

National Educators to Stop Trafficking


In the United States, the average age of entry into sexual slavery is 13, and about 80% of sex buyers do so for the first time before age 25.

NEST equips teachers and youth leaders with age-appropriate curriculum and resources to educate and empower youth – teaching them how to avoid being trafficked, how to stand up for victims of trafficking, and how to spread the word in their communities so that sexual exploitation and human trafficking become a thing of the past.

How To Identify A Human Trafficking Victim

•     Seems anxious, fearful or paranoid.  Avoids eye contact.
•    Tearfulness or signs of depression.
•    Unexplained bruises or cuts or other signs of physical abuse.
•    Appears to be in a relationship with someone who is dominating.
•    Never is alone and/or always has someone translating or answering questions on their behalf.
•    Not in control of their own finances.
•    Presents with secrecy or unable to answer questions about where they live.
•    Inconsistent details when telling their story.
•    Has no identification such as a license, passport or other ID documents.
    Inability to leave their job or residence.  Says they cannot schedule appointments.
    Being a recent arrival to the United States and does not speak English.
    Is under 18 and providing commercial sex acts.  Or at any age unwillingly providing commercial sex acts.
    Is afraid of law enforcement or receiving help from an outside entity.

If you can find an opportunity to get he/she alone, ask him/her the following screening questions:
     Can you leave your job or house when you want?
    Where did you get those bruises or is anyone hurting you?
    Do you get paid for your employment?  Is it fair?  How many hours do you work?
    (If foreign national) How did you get to the U.S. and is it what you expected?  Are you being forced to do anything you don't want to do?
    Are you or your family being threatened?
    Do you live with or near your employer?  Does your employer provide you housing?  Are there locks on doors or windows from outside?
    Do you owe debt to anyone?

If you suspect they are a victim of human trafficking,take the following actions:
    Ask the person if you can help them find a safe place to go immediately.
     If they need time, create an action plan with them to get to a safe place when they are ready.
     Call and make a report to the human trafficking hotline at 1.888.3737.888.  The hotline has language capabilities, so any individual can call directly if they choose.

The Department of Homeland Security online training about how to spot the signs of and report suspected human trafficking:

The Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign is now offering online training about how to spot the signs of and report suspected human trafficking. The training is aimed at the general public, the Federal workforce, first responders, and airline employees and focuses on:
    •    Defining human trafficking
    •    Differentiating between human trafficking and human smuggling
    •    Recognizing populations vulnerable to human trafficking
    •    Recognizing indicators of human trafficking   
A glossary and additional resources also are provided. View the Human Trafficking Awareness Training on the Department of Homeland Security's website:

Jerome Elam
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