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Engaging Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation in the Search for Justice

Thursday April 5 - Friday April 6, 2018

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation leads cross-disciplinary workshops and discussions aimed at engaging the survivor community in the search for justice on April 5 and 6, 2018. 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, April 5 from 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. and Friday, April 6 from 9 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. at The Inn at Villanova University (610 County Line Road, Radnor, PA). It is open to the Villanova Community and the public and is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 9 sustainable credits. NASW-PA has approved the workshop for 9 CEU credits* and the event is approved by MPOETC for 9 CLEE credits.

A reception and awards ceremony will follow the event on Thursday, April 5 in the Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA).


Schedule of Events

Day 1 - Thursday, April 5

8 - 9 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast

9 - 10:15 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks & Plenary by Chris Stark: The False Divide: "Survivor" v. "Professional" 

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Workgroup Breakout Sessions led by Survivor Leaders
Audrey Morrisey
 - Reality of the Life and Allies in the Movement

Cherie Jimenez & Donna Gavin
 - Lessons Learned and Promising Practices, Survivor Programs Partnering  with Law Enforcement in Shifting the Response from Arrest to Exit Services

Vednita Carter & Kathleen Mitchell - Working With Survivors

Christine Cesa - Familial Sex Trafficking 

12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch break with Plenary: Marti MacGibbon: The Intersection of CSE/Human Trafficking, Trauma and Addiction

1:30 - 3 p.m.: Workgroup Breakout Sessions led by Survivor Leaders

Jerome Elam - Trafficked Boys: Bringing Male Victims of HT Out of the Shadows

Nicole Bell & Athena Haddon
 - Survivors and Substance Use Disorder

Alisa Bernard
 - The Seattle Model: Ending Exploitation

Marlene Carson
 - Mindset Matters 

3 - 3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Workgroup Breakout Sessions led by Survivor Leaders

Autumn Burris - The Continuum and Realities of the Sex Trade and Solution-based Strategies

Josie Feemster & Oree Freeman
 - Survivor Leadership in California (Survivor Advisory Board)

EleSondra DeRomano
 - Keeping It Real: An Informal and Explicit Discussion with a Survivor

Jeanette Westbrook
 - Adjudication: A pathway to freedom. A State Prosecution of a 1992 Case of Human Trafficking, Incest and Rape

5:30 - 8 p.m.: Reception at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in the Commons 

Day 2 - Friday, April 6

8 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks & Plenary Audrey Morrison: The Need for Allies in the Movement

9:45 - 10 a.m.: Break

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Workgroup Breakout Sessions (Two Hour Session)

Jerome Elam - Trafficked Boys: Bringing Male Victims of HT Out of the Shadows

Autumn Burris & Cherie Jimenez
 - Understanding the Nordic Model Approach to Prostitution

Meghan Lundstrom
 - Cultic Theory & Intervention Model of Pimp Controlled Sex Trafficking

Chris Stark
 - Pornography: The Odd Step-sister 

12 - 1:15 p.m.: Lunch: Wrap-up Session led by Survivor Leaders Nikki Bell and Athena Haddon

*NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 9 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.