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  2018 Conference Keynote Speaker  


     MODERN DAY SLAVERY:    
  From Sexual Exploitation to Forced Labor – Becoming Proactive in the Fight against Human Trafficking

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  About the Keynote Topic  

From sexual exploitation to forced labor, human trafficking torments the lives of tens of millions of victims worldwide.

Who are the victims of human trafficking? It is the child who is being sexually exploited for drugs by his or her parent, the child or adult who have been coerced into forced labor, or underground sex trades, and the juvenile or adult that is being sexually exploited while incarcerated.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery - a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it's happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.
“ ~ PolarisProject.org

But that happens in other countries, right? Wrong. Thousands upon thousands of victims of human trafficking occur right here in the United States every year.

This year, the NAFC Annual Educational & Networking Conference Keynote Speakers are three (3) members of the Polaris Disruption and Trafficking Team, Rochelle Keyhan, Francheska Loza, and Veronica Liwak. They will discuss and educate professionals from the mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice, legal, and law enforcement professions on:

Not all victims of human trafficking are locked away somewhere in a foreign country, and not all traffickers are conspicuous. Victims and perpetrators of human trafficking may be court mandated for other offenses to your program or group, they could be reporting to you for their probation/parole, or even retaining your legal services. Know the facts, and learn how to handle a potential situation of human trafficking.

   About the Keynote Speakers  

This year, NAFC will host three (3) Keynote Speakers from the Polaris Disruption and Trafficking Team Rochelle Keyhan, Francheska Loza, and Veronica Liwak.

Leading the Keynote is Rochelle Keyhan, Director of Disruption Strategies for Polaris located in Washington, DC.

Ms. Keyhan develops and executes the initiative's strategic direction, including recruiting and maintaining robust collaborative networks of law enforcement, agency stakeholders, and service providers. Her team analyzes national trends and best practices, creating resources and tools to help facilitate the effective and systemic eradication of IMBs in the United States.

Before joining Polaris, Ms. Keyhan spent six years as a prosecutor of gender-based violence crimes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is bar certified to practice law.

As an Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Keyhan championed the need for increased investigation and prosecution of human trafficking in Philadelphia. Her approach to prosecution involves a perpetrator-focused process that centers the victims, limiting added trauma while maximizing survivor empowerment. Rochelle's prosecution work facilitated the collaboration between key local and federal stakeholders, and led to her successful investigation and prosecution of the first two human trafficking trials in the city and county of Philadelphia. Success in those trials involved developing rapport and trust between the numerous survivors of trafficking who testified, empowering them throughout the process as their exploiters were convicted and sentenced.

Ms. Keyhan will be accompanied by two members of her disruption team.

  About Polaris  

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom.

Their comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what they do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.

Polaris is leading the fight to eradicate modern-day slavery with a 3-part model that systemically disrupts human trafficking:

With programs that include:

Polaris is not a government entity, law enforcement, or immigration.  Funding is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other private donors and supporters.

   About the National Human Trafficking Hotline  

The National Human Trafficking Hotline has been in operation since 2007, is operated by Polaris, and is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States, and is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week in more than 200 languages.

Their mission is to provide human trafficking victims and survivors with access to critical support and services to get help and stay safe, and to equip the anti-trafficking community with the tools to effectively combat all forms of human trafficking. They offer round-the-clock access to a safe space to report tips, seek services, and ask for help. They also provide information, statistics, and resources on a wide range of topics related to human trafficking.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is not a government entity. They are not law enforcement, immigration or an investigative agency, and do not provide direct victim services. They help individuals access direct services through their extensive referral network and facilitates reporting of potential human trafficking tips to specialized law enforcement agencies.


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