A true collaboration involving human trafficking nonprofit leaders, USF students, law enforcement, the legal community, and USF professors from the College of Public Health shared their experiences and ideas at USF’s first End Human Trafficking: A Community Approach Conference held on January 26, 2018. Professor Elizabeth Dunn, Department of Global Health was the chief organizer with the Students Against Trafficking team. Three CAHT board members attended – President Annie Garrison, Education/Prevention Chair, Ann Fenimore, and Victim Services Chair, Joan Kramer.
A panel of distinguished speakers kicked off the discussion, moderated by Joanna Gutierrez Winters, President/CEO of the FREE Network. The four other panelists were Bryanna Fox, Ph.D., Departments of Criminology and Mental Health, Connie Rose, M.S., President/Founder of Victims2Survivors, Inc., Laura Hamilton, MPH, Founder/President of Bridging Freedom, and Sasha Lohn, JD, General Counsel and legal advisor, St. Petersburg Police Department. Each panelist gave their views on their roles as key players in combating human trafficking in the area.
Approximately 70 students and nonprofit leaders participated in round table discussions, sharing concerns and ideas in five major areas: improving human trafficking policies and legislation, data collection and research, community outreach and education, innovative strategies for ending human trafficking, and developing partnerships in the Tampa Bay area.
“I found the whole experience extremely rewarding. The human trafficking community coming together to address these important issues was a winning success as it gives us a stronger voice in our efforts to fight HT and heal the survivors. Student involvement is key to effective collaboration and this conference reaffirmed the need for their participation” states Annie Garrison, Campaign Against Human Trafficking – SouthShore, Inc.
We wanted to share with you a video that was put together by the wonderful videographer from the College of Public Health along with a link to the article about the Human Trafficking workshop hosted at USF.
- Ending Human Trafficking: Ending Community Collaboration in Tampa Bay https://youtu.be/18I8J4tQ2GQ. Video by Zachary Murray.
- Story on the “End Human Trafficking: A Community Approach” workshop posted to the USF Health and USF News site: https://hscweb3.hsc.usf.
edu/blog/2018/01/30/usf-joins- community-partners-strengthen- anti-human-trafficking-efforts /. Written by Anne Delotto Baier.
Photos of USF students involved in a round table discussion – 1/26/18