Opportunities To Get Involved

This page is designed to provide individuals, who are interested in getting involved in anti-human trafficking efforts in the U.S., with information on events coming up in their own areas. If you are aware of an event in your area that is not on this list please send us an email with the information for the event and we will be sure to add it to the list.



April 26, 2012 (5:30 – 7:30 pm) Human Trafficking in San Diego: How to Protect Your Children Location: Malcolm X Library ,5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114. For More Information: (619) 462-7878

April 28, 2012 (8:30 am to 4 pm) It’s Global – It’s Local: Human Trafficking – $24. Location: San Diego Office of Education. Rooms 401-402. 6401 Linda Vista Road. San Diego, CA 92111 For More Information Contact: Anne (858) 245-1677

April 29, 2012 (2 pm – 7 pm) North County Human Rights Film Festival. Location: UltraStar Cinemas. Mission Marketplace in Oceanside. Highway 76 & College. Suggested donation: $20, $15. For More Information: Generate Hope (www.generatehope.org)



May 9, 2012 “Our World Today: Human Trafficking and the Impact on Your Business – What You Can’t Afford Not to Know.” Representatives from leading companies, world policy experts, Chicago-based thought leaders and legal advocates will meet to examine ways to reduce human trafficking and end commercial sexual exploitation, discuss why business should be involved in creating solutions, and the costs/benefits to increased supply chain transparency. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation impact businesses and communities from Chicago to cities and villages around the world. Location: The Metropolitan Club



April 12-13, 2012  “Trade of Innocents”: Yale Human Trafficking Symposium April 12-13 (Hartford)



March 15, 2012 Pembroke Circle Fundraising Launch Party (Orlando)– Pembroke Circle is a dramatic story that follows a young girl whose life is traumatically impacted by a disturbing instance of human trafficking that hits extremely close to home: “When Grace’s father takes a cultural exchange student into their conventional home, the life she’s accustomed to is shaken by a dark secret… and her own repressed past.” Pembroke Circle calls attention to an important subject and the filmmaker wants it to contribute as much as possible to human trafficking awareness.  As an independent production, the support of an audience base early on is always very helpful.

March 22, 2012 6:30 pm A Book Reading and Panel Discussion (Coral Gables)– Rachel Lloyd–Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir- The evening will include a panel discussion will focus on sex trafficking and the tourism industry, demand, our culture that glorifies prostitution, and what this means for children in South Florida. The panel will include Rachel Lloyd; Sandy Skelaney, Program Manager for Kristi House’s Project GOLD; Lt. Israel McKee of Miami-Dade Police Department; and Fran Katz of The Women’s Fund. Location: 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, Florida



April 21, 2012 (8:30-12 pm) A Future. Not A Past Community Ambassador Training: Community Ambassadors are community members who volunteer their time to raise awareness regarding the prostitution of children and keeping their friends and family informed.  There is no time commitment so this is the perfect opportunity for full-time employees, students, and parents who want to be involved! RSVP to info@afuturenotapast.org Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta 1911 Cliff Valley Way Atlanta, GA 30329

April 21, 2012 (8:00 am) StreetGRACE: 2012 Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Location: 752 Moreland Ave S, F22 Stuido, Atlanta, Georgia 30316



March 23-24, 2012 Human Trafficking Conference: Georgetown College Speakers: Theresa Flores, Libby Spears, Kelsey Timmerman, Arcadio Galindo (Fair Trade Grower, Guatemala), Polaris Project, Wellspring Living, All Girls Allowed. Location: Georgetown, KY (Article on event: Georgetown College conference to look at modern slavery)



April 5, 2012 (3-8 pm) Symposium on Human Trafficking at the University of Baltimore of Baltimore School of Law. Location: the Angelos Law Center, 1415 Maryland Avenue. The symposium will present the federal and state legal framework on the issues of domestic and international human trafficking



April 12, 2012 (4:30-6 pm) “Rachel Lloyd and Girls Like Us,” Location: SmithCollege, Carroll Room,Campus Center, 208 Multipurpose Room, Northampton



March 27, 2012 (6:00 pm) Book discussion and signing with author of “Girls Like Us” and founder of GEMS, Rachel Lloyd Location: Duluth, UMD Kirby Ballroom



April 26, 2012 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) Shared Hope International Brings “Do You Know Lacy?” Hosted by Shared Hope International, in partnership with Soroptimist International of Kalispell, Flathead Valley Community College, Phi Theta Kappa and Rotary International, the training will offer five specialized training tracks for law enforcement; social service providers; youth advocates, including pastors, teachers, youth mentors, among others; community advocates, including parents, grandparents and concerned citizens; and defenders (men only).  Trainers will include Sergeant Mike Geiger of the Portland Police Department and Sergeant John Chapman of Vancouver, Wash., Police Department, who each have over 20 years of experience in law enforcement and extensive experience combatting sex trafficking; Dr. Rebecca Johnson, consulting clinical director for Courage House; Kay Vail, juvenile probation counselor with 15 years of experience at Clark County Juvenile Justice, and others. Location:  Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. The deadline to register online is April 22.  For more information or to register for the training, visit www.sharedhope.org.



October 11-13, 2012 Fourth Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking– “The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is proud to host the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking. We welcome researchers from non-governmental organizations, academia, and governmental agencies. This is a conference run along traditional academic paper-presentation lines, intended to spread knowledge, provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research and professional work, and provide an opportunity to network with and learn from each other.” Location: University of Nebraska


New Jersey

March 30, 2012 The 1st Annual Human Trafficking Training for Community Collaboration– Come learn about human trafficking and become an informed citizen at the 1st Annual Human Trafficking Training for Community Collaboration. Experts and community leaders will train you on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking in your own community. You will also learn how to help and empower survivors and potential victims of human trafficking in your own community. Location:Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Center 901 Route 10 EastWhippany, NJ 07981(Article on event: Local community to join human trafficking fight)

April 2, 2012 (8:00 pm) Rachel Lloyd Book reading/speaking, followed by Q&A and book signing. Location: StudentCenter, Eynon Ballroom,201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ

April 13, 2012 (1-2:30 pm) Rachel Lloyd Keynote titled, “Fighting Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Trafficking of Girls in the U.S,” at a conference on “Adolescent Advocacy: Perspectives, Policy, Practice,” Location: at Montclair State University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. To register for this event, visit http://bit.ly/HtiAr3


New York, NY

March 20, 2012 (7:00 pm) GEMS’ Young Professionals screening ‘Very Young Girls’– Learn more about the important work that the Young Professionals are doing to raise awareness about GEMS and the commercial sexual exploitation of children! For more information, or to learn how to join the Young Professionals, please contact Bianca Baquerizo at bianca@gems-girls.orgLocation: Hayden Auditorium (HAY 100), Manhattan College 

April 12, 2012 (5:00-7:00 pm) Ending Demand to End Sex Trafficking: Does it Work?– The Open Society Foundations and the Women and Law Program at the American Unviersity Washington College of Law will host an expert panel discussion to explore the available evidence. Are prohibition policies on sex work effective, and what is the impact on marginalized populations? Location: 400 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

April 18, 2012. New York Women’s Bar Association Event titled “The First Step Is Awareness: Stopping Sex Trafficking in New York City,” featuring Rachel and Pamela Chen, Assistant US Attorney. RSVP here:http://bit.ly/H4v1JR

April 26, 2012 Slavery in our Modern World Conference on Human Trafficking– 5200 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York. Thursday, April 26, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, April 27, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



April 3, 2012 (7:00 pm) Urbana University is hosting a forum on human sex trafficking– This year’s speaker is Theresa Flores, author of “The Slave Across the Street,” a book that details her experience as a teenage human trafficking victim.The forum is sponsored by the Champaign County Branch of the American Association of University Women with support from the Grimes Foundation. Location: Urbana University Student Center, Urbana, Ohio

April 16th, 2012 (4:30 pm) Rachel Lloyd “Girls Like Us” book reading. Location: Ohio State University, Columbus, University Hall Room 151, University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall, Columbus


First Monday of Every Month (6:00 pm) OATH training session and webinar will be offered in the NWOSU-Enid board room. Each session will include an introduction to the issue, a webinar with Elam or another OATH trainer and planning for local OATH projects.The first community training session is planned for May 7. For information, call Connie O’Brien Counseling at 233-8900.


April 12, 2012 ‘Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery’ lecture planned at Seton Hill “Sister Anne Victory, HM, education coordinator for the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking, will present “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery” 7 p.m. Location: Cecilian Hall in the Administration Building on the Seton Hill University hilltop campus, Greensburg


April 12-13, 2012 Global Engagement Conference: Human Trafficking: People, Places, & Voices Location: Southern Utah University

Washington D.C.

April 3, 2012 (7:00 pm) “Pearls of Purpose” FAIR Girls’ 6th Annual Gala Location: Carnegie Institute of Science, 1530 P Street Northwest, Washington D.C. 

April 4, 2012 (6:30-8 pm) Performance by Jonathan Tucker followed by a reading from Rachel Lloyd and a conversation with Neil Irvin from Men Can Stop Rape, Simone Jacobs. Location: Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Suite 104, Hyattsville, MD 20781

April 13, 2012 (9 am-12:30 pm) Open Society Foundation Conference: “Ending Demand for Human Trafficking” – In recent years, there has been an emphasis on “end demand” campaigns as the preferred approach to ending human trafficking. These campaigns seek to abolish prostitution by criminalizing the consumers of commercial sex. Though popular, these campaigns have drawn criticism regarding their effectiveness and their negative, unintended consequences on both the target and other marginalized populations. Meanwhile, efforts to end demand for trafficking outside the sex sector are under-exposed and under-utilized. This conference aims to probe deeper into the merits of “end demand” campaigns as they are currently constructed, and to explore the possibilities for a more expansive approach that includes ending demand for all forms of human trafficking. Speakers will be drawn from a broad range of experts in the trafficking field, including rights advocates, academics, and policymakers. Presented by the Women and the Law Program and the Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Project. Location: 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


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