Engaging the Survivor Community in Advocacy, Healing and Criminal Justice

Commercial Sexual Exploitation

 

March 9 - 10, 2017

 

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation leads cross-disciplinary workshops and discussions aimed at engaging the survivor community in advocacy on Mar. 9-10. Workshops will be led by survivors and will encourage participants to engage in problem-solving scenarios on a variety of relevant topics and current issues in legislation, law enforcement and education.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Friday, March 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Rm 102) at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. It is open to the Villanova community and the public and is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 9.5 sustainable credits and 1 Ethics credit.

An award ceremony will follow the event on Thursday. For more information on the ceremony, please click here.

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Event Schedule

Day 1 - Thursday, March 9

  • Welcoming Remarks - 9 a.m.
  • Presentation by Survivor Leader - 9:15 - 10 a.m.
  • Break and move to work group session - 10 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Workshops 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Survivor Mentoring Model - Audrey Morrisey
    • Trafficked Boys: Bringing Male Victims of Sex Trafficking Out of the Shadows - Jerome Elam
    • Suvivor Leadership in Human Trafficking Task Forces - Alisa Bernard
    • Engaging the Survivor Community in Policy and Legislative Advocacy - Autumn Burris
    • Overcoming Barriers and Assessing Education - Shamere McKenzie
    • Law Enforcement Tactics for Demand Reduction - Marian Hatcher
  • Lunch - 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Remarks by Penny Venetis - Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Legal Momentum (the Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund)
  • Workshops - 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    • Intersectionality of Commerical Sexual Exploitation and Women of Color - Vidnita Carter & Marlene Carson
    • Survivor Mentoring Model: Lesson Learned - Audrey Morrisey
    • Writing Workshop for Survivors: Alisa Bernard
    • Prosecuting trafficking cases using Survivor Expert Testimony with Aequitas Attorney Advisor - Rebecca Bender
    • Survivor Empowerment and Opportunity - Autumn Burris
    • Bottom Girl Phenomenon - Shamere McKenzie
  • Break 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Wrap-up session with survivor leaders 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Optional: Awards Reception

Day 2 - Friday, March 10

  • Opening remarks - 9 a.m.
  • Survivor speaker - 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Workshops - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Engaging the Survivor Community in Policy and Legislative Advocacy - Autumn Burris
    • Law Enforcement Tactics for Demand Reduction - Marian Hatcher
    • Survivor Leadership in Human Trafficking Task Forces - Alisa Bernard
    • Trafficked Boys: Bringing Male Victims of Sex Trafficking Out of the Shadows - Jerome Elam
    • Ethical Considerations for Prosecutors in Human Trafficking Cases - Jane Anderson
    • Housing, Social Services and Resources for Court and Criminal Justice involved Women - Vednita Carter and Kathleen Mitchell
    • Pimping and Third Party Control: Mental Masters - How Traffickers develop, control, manipulate the minds of victims - Marlene Carson
  • Closing remarks - 12:15 - 1 p.m.