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The 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Law Symposium

Friday, March 3, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Approved for 6.5 hours of in-person CLE credit

This symposium provides a comprehensive look at human trafficking in the United States today, including the laws passed to combat it, the long-term effects on survivors and the social services that play a vital role rebuilding lives.

Legal experts will examine the evolution of state and federal human trafficking laws, how they became crimes, and the many gaps and loopholes that prevent the effective prosecution and conviction of traffickers.

In addition, a survivor of human trafficking and social services experts will discuss the unique legal, medical, and psychological effects of trafficking while educating the audience on the current work being done to reintegrate survivors and help them return to healthy, productive lives.

Proceeds from the event will support the clinic and its mission to support survivors of human trafficking

The symposium is approved for 6.5 hours of in-person CEU credit.

Continuing Legal Education Readings
Speaker Information
Maureen Guirguis (Kenny)
Maureen Guirguis (Kenny)
Professor of Law, CWRU School of Law
Professor Guirguis is the Co-Director and co-founder of The Human Trafficking Law Clinic at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at CWRU Law School in 2004, Professor Guirguis practiced for six years as an associate in the litigation group at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., where she specialized in First Amendment and general business litigation. Her practice primarily focused on her representation of media clients, including individual reporters and a local television station. As a Professor of Law, Professor Guirguis teaches LLEAP, a year a year-long Legal Writing and Analysis course, in which she teaches first-year law students to develop and hone their writing, editing, research, analytical, and oral advocacy skills. She also developed and teaches an Advanced Legal Writing course for upper-class students. In addition, Professor Guirguis has been asked to provide several legal writing workshops and seminars for firms and members of the judiciary in the Cleveland area. She has published multiple articles addressing recent developments in media law and has been asked to present on her research related to gender differences in the practice of law. She has organized and spoken at multiple symposia targeted at raising awareness and providing education on topics related to sex trafficking and human-trafficking laws and she has trained local service providers on legal issues facing trafficking victims. She is the President of the Board of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, the Legislative Subcommittee for Ohio's Human Trafficking Commission, the Education Committee for the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking and the Education Committee for S.O.A.P. (Stop Our Adolescents' Prostitution).

John Morgan is a Detective with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and he has recently been appointed to a special Homeland Security Taskforce combatting Human Trafficking. Mr. Morgan has been assigned to Human Trafficking cases for years and has been instrumental in investigating and locating traffickers of adult and minor victims in Northeast Ohio.

Karen McHenry serves as program manager of Bellefaire JCB's Homeless Youth Programs, which offer intervention, safety and short-term solutions for children and youth who are homeless. An additional facet of the program, Street Outreach, places teams of staff members on the street to identify youth who are homeless and operates a drop-in center.

Joining Bellefaire JCB in 1987, she was initially a childcare worker, developing clinical knowledge and experience supporting high-risk youth and their families.

Ms. McHenry has been recognized for her outstanding assistance to the FBI in connection with its investigative efforts, is the recipient of the Childcare Worker of the Year Award and the National Direct Service Worker Merit Award from Child Welfare League of America.

She has a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and master's degree in social service administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Ms. McHenry is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor with clinical endorsement, a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a fire safety educator.

Teresa Stafford is the Senior Director of Victim Services and Outreach at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center where she is responsible for supervising the victim services department. Teresa also oversees Project STAR (Sex Trafficking Advocacy and Recovery), CRCCs response to human trafficking. Teresa has over 20 years' experience providing direct service to both offenders and victims of crime. Teresa attended Tiffin University majoring in Criminal Justice Administration. Teresa is the former the Witness-Victim Coordinator for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office where she assisted in creating the Witness Victim Unit. In addition, to her current role Teresa is the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator, a member of the Ohio Attorney General's SART Training Team and former Board President for Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Teresa provides consultation to communities developing their Sexual Assault Response Teams, provides trainings to local police departments and service providers regarding the dynamics of sexual violence and working with sexual assault survivors.

Renee Jones is the President & CEO and founder of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that fosters opportunities for the disadvantaged. The Center's mission is to empower these individuals to advocate for themselves and to improve their quality of life through personal, social, and professional development. The Center has operated in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood on Cleveland's near west side since 2002 and provides evening & weekend programs and outreach programs and services in the greater Cleveland area and surrounding suburbs. Since 2008 (RJEC) is the only Northeast Ohio 501(c)(3) agency committed to providing life coaching, direct services and aftercare services through the Project Red Cord program for those with the courage to break the human trafficking cycle and escape the commercial sex industry. Ms. Jones is a graduate of Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and a graduate of a Treu-Mart Fellowship at the Mandel Center for Non-Profits Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. MHFA (Mental Health First Aid certified) by Recovery Resources and a Graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, Ms. Jones is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and a certified Toastmaster with Toastmaster's International.

Barbara Freeman is a survivor of twenty-three years of human trafficking and addiction after being initially coerced at the age of thirteen. When she was sixteen, a man introduced her to drugs and a lifestyle that almost killed her. On April 8th, 2009 she was set free of the abusive cycle when she was sent to jail by a police officer that helped her see better in herself. Soon after, she was introduced to Catch Court and Amethyst, a program run by Judge Paul Herbert.

Five years ago, Barbara became the Founder and CEO of the Freeman Project, her own non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to the community and saving women from human trafficking. Barbara was recognized as a YWCA 2014 Woman of Achievement and became a Motivational Speaker, Court and Housing Advocate, and is employed with the YWCA.

Kathleen Hackett, RN, BSN, SANE-P has been a nurse for over 30 years with 20 years of emergency room experience. Kathleen works at UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, and is the pediatric SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) coordinator. Kathleen is nationally certified as a pediatric SANE through the International Association of Forensic Nursing. Kathleen has presented both locally and nationally on the topics of sexual assault and human trafficking. Kathleen continues to educate and promote awareness regarding child abuse and sexual violence within the pediatric population, and in August 2017, Kathleen will have completed her Master's Degree in Forensics Nursing.

Event Location
Tinkham Veale University Center
11038 Bellflower Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

8:30 am
Introduction to Human Trafficking: Federal and State Laws and Statistics
Maureen Guirguis (Kenny), Professor and Co-Director of Human Trafficking Law Clinic Case Western Reserve University School of Law
9:00 am
An Insider's Look at Investigating and Prosecuting Traffickers
John Morgan, Detective, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department
9:45 am
10:00 am
Trafficking Survivors: Short and Long-Term Survivors
Karen McHenry, Homeless and Missing Youth Program Director, Bellefaire JCB
10:45 am
Identifying Trafficking Victims and Addressing Their Immediate Needs
Teresa Stafford, Senior Director of Victims' Services and Outreach, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
11:30 am
Innovative Programs to Decrease Trafficking and Heal Survivors
Renee Jones, Founder and CEO, Renee Jones Empowerment Center
12:15 pm
Break and Grab Lunch (provided)
12:45 pm
Lunch and Presentation
Backpage on Trial: The Rise and Fall of the Largest Internet Advertiser of Sex
Maureen Guirguis (Kenny), Professor and Co-Director of Law Clinic, CWRU Law School
2:00 pm
Surviving and Thriving After Life as a Sex-Trafficking Victim
Barbara Freeman, First Graduate of CATCH Court, Columbus, Ohio, Founder, Freeman Project
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
Treating Child Sexual Assault Victims: Special Considerations
Kathleen Hackett, RN, BSN, SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Coordinator, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, University Hospitals
4:00 pm
Program concludes
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