University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Combating Human Trafficking Through the Eyes of the Survivor

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On March 28, 2014, The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy and the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence are co-hosting a daylong conference entitled:

Combating Human Trafficking Through the Eyes of the Survivor

With panel discussions and a special showing of the documentary film: Not My Life

This conference will explore how the experience and voice of survivors of human trafficking can and should inform state and federal advocacy efforts, prosecution of traffickers, and educational outreach. It will also examine how the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act can inform states on best practices in mobilizing their efforts to strengthen regional and state anti-trafficking laws.

In 2013, the NH Attorney General formed an Anti-Slavery Taskforce. This 33 member commission comprised of social service providers, victim advocates, lawyers, state, local and federal agencies and law enforcement is charged with raising public awareness and training first responders.

Cindy McCain is the keynote speaker for this conference. She will speak on her efforts to ensure Arizona has tougher anti-trafficking laws in place when it hosts the Super Bowl in 2015. McCain serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor's task force on human trafficking. She is dedicated to efforts to reduce human trafficking in Arizona, throughout the United States, and around the world, as well as working to improve the lives of victims of human trafficking.

Schedule

Morning

8 :15 to 8:45 a.m. - Breakfast buffet


8:45 to 10:15 a.m. - Panel I: Representing Victims of Trafficking: How to Protect Your Client from Criminal Prosecution

Moderator: Cory Smith, Policy Director, Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking

Panelists:

  • Senator Donna Soucy JD ’99, Lead Sponsor for NH Trafficking Bill
  • Margaret Howard, Clinical Social Worker and Therapist
  • Beth Jacobs, Founder, Willow Way
  • Ann Rice JD ’88, New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office

This panel will discuss the need for competent and well-trained attorneys representing victims of human trafficking. This panel will also discuss the importance of safe harbor legislation that many states have passed.


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


10:30 a.m. to 12 noon - Panel II: Holding Abusers Accountable: How to Successfully Prosecute Human Traffickers

Moderator: Cory Smith, Policy Director, Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking

Panelists:

  • Senator Donna Soucy JD ’99, Lead Sponsor for NH Trafficking Bill
  • Captain David Goldstein, Franklin Police Department
  • Patti LaFrance, Hillsborough County Attorney
  • Evelyn Chumbow, Advocate and Survivor
  • Deb Bercovitch, Attorney General’s Office of Massachusetts

This panel will explore state and federal laws that make prosecution for human trafficking viable. In addition, challenges to prosecuting these cases will be addressed and suggestions for more successful prosecutions will be explored.

Afternoon

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address Mrs. Cindy McCain

12 noon: Overflow lunch in room 282 with live stream of keynote and meet and greet with McCain afterwards


1:30 to 3:00 p.m. - Panel III: Protecting Survivors: Mental Health Considerations

Moderator: Holly Smith, Advocate, Author, Survivor

Panelists:

  • Audrey Morrissey, My Life, My Choice
  • Margaret Howard, Clinical Social Worker and Therapist
  • Linda Douglass, Trauma Specialist, NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
  • Kate Price, Project Associate, Wellesley Centers for Women
  • Shandra Woworuntu, Advocate and Survivor
  • Dr. Sujata Swaroop, Psy. D., Program Coordinator, Project REACH

This panel will discuss the emotional reactions and other psychological symptoms suffered by survivors of human trafficking. It will also discuss the need for survivors to have access to mental professionals and the current resources available.


3:15 to 4:45 p.m. - Panel IV: Ensuring Social Services Meet the Unique Needs of Human Trafficking Survivors

Moderator: Holly Smith, Advocate, Author, Survivor

Panelists:

  • Audrey Morrissey, My Life, My Choice
  • Kate Price, Project Associate, Wellesley Centers for Women
  • Beth Jacobs, Founder, Willows Way
  • Shandra Woworuntu, Advocate and Survivor
  • Dr. Sujata Swaroop, Psy. D, Program Coordinator, Project REACH

This panel will look at the unique needs of human trafficking survivors and discuss what improvements could be made to existing social service models. The panel will also highlight current best practices and how to connect survivors with appropriate care.


5:00 to 6:30 p.m. - Reception


6:30 p.m. - Screening of the documentary Not My Life

The expected audience for this conference includes:

  • Law students
  • Social work students
  • Professors
  • Lawyers
  • Legislators
  • Service providers
  • Survivors of human trafficking
  • Law enforcement

Questions: please contact

Rudman.Center@law.unh.edu

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