Introduction Track

Session 1
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Multidisciplinary Approach to Human Trafficking

Presenters: Brendalee Smith, Alex Simeone

Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) are growing problems throughout the United States. It is in a sense, a form of modern-day slavery involving sexual abuse and exploitation of children/adults for financial gain. This workshop will define commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking as it relates to risk factors, individual behaviors, and victimization. The facilitators will also discuss how Rhode Island is responding to this issue through legislation initiatives and specialized services. The workshop will review actual cases and how collaboration through multidisciplinary teaming is essential to ensure that victims stabilize and receive appropriate treatment. We will focus on responses from various entities including social services, medical personnel, law enforcement, and prosecutors.


Session 2
1:00 – 2:30 PM

Introduction to Labor Trafficking

Presenters: Gloria Greenfield, Cecily Zeigler

According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Labor trafficking includes involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, and/or slavery. This session will help attendees to understand the types of labor trafficking, the red flags and warning signs of labor trafficking, who traffickers are and how they lure victims, and how labor trafficking impacts victims. Attendees will also learn about specific cases that have been identified as well as the resources available to assist victims of labor trafficking.


Session 3
2:45 – 4:15 PM

Introduction to Child Pornography

Presenters: Georgia DiMatteo, Johnson Thomas

Learn about the unique dynamics and prevalence of child pornography and sextortion, victim impact, offender behaviors, online safety, and the new state protocol developed by the Rhode Island Human Trafficking Task Force to ensure victim safety and access to services. This training will also touch upon concerns of teen sexting, how this differs from child pornography, and the appropriate response guided by the Rhode Island state sexting statute.


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