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2020 Conference Sessions and Schedule


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

9:00 AM EDT–9:30 AM EDT

Morning Welcome


10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Building Positive Connections: The Purpose and the Process

Gwen England, CDCA and Shauna Harrison, LISW

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Development of a Human Trafficking Multi-Disciplinary Team

Dan Schoonover, Andrea Ehret, Penny Nevicosi, MSW , and Kelsey Hood-Christenson, MSW

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Human Trafficking 101

Chuck Campbell, MDiv, BA, BS

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Intersectional Gender Oppression: Sex Trafficking and Reintegration of Trafficking Survivors in Nepal

Rita Dhungel, PhD, BL, BSW, RSW and Sanjamaya Tamang

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Networking: Survivors

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Prevalence of Transactional Sex among High School Students in Minnesota

Lauren Martin, PhD, Caroline Palmer, JD, and Nic Rider, PhD


11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Climate Migration and the Conundrum of the Rights of Migrants: An Analysis of Multiple Complexities in the Journey of African Migrants

Adeleye Lewis Olatunji, PhD(c), MSc, MA and Olugbenga Oke-Samuel, PhD, LLM

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Journal of Human Trafficking: What It Is and How You Can Contribute

Rochelle Dalla, PhD, CFLE and Donna Sabella, MEd, MSN, PhD, PMHNP-BC

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Networking: Direct Service Providers

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Raised in Pimp City: The Truth About Domestic Human Sex Trafficking

Armand King

30 minutes | 11:20 AM EDT–11:50 AM EDT

Educator Sex Trafficking Awareness & Racial Disparities

Tashina Khabbaz, BA, MEd and Sinenhlanhla Zungu, MA, MS, PhD(c)

30 minutes | 11:20 AM EDT–11:50 AM EDT

Spirituality and Resilience: Lessons Learned from the Chab Dai Longitudinal Research Project

Glenn Miles, PhD

30 minutes | 12:00 PM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

From Darkness to Light: Facilitating Hope through Art Therapy with Sex Trafficked Survivors

Mary (Molly) Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC

30 minutes | 12:00 PM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

When Morality Becomes Tyranny: Analysis of Religious Motivated Violence Against LGBTQ in Ghana

Mohammed Marzuq Abubakari, PhD, ESL


12:45 PM EDT–1:15 PM EDT

Lunch Program


1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

F.R.E.E. to Thrive

LaDonna Knabbs, MA, Margaret, Toshia, and Rita

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Human Trafficking Includes Sexual Violence: Why Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Resource Centers have the Ability to Serve HT Survivors, and How to Use that Ability

Keri Black, MA

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Human Trafficking Investigations: Open Source Tools

Mary Kent

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

I Laugh in the Face of Trauma

Alexandra Stevenson, B.Soc.Sc

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Networking: Healthcare Professionals

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Photovoice and Street Dramas: Involvement of Trafficking Survivors Living with HIV in Educational and Advocacy Campaigns

Rita Dhungel, PhD, BL, BSW, RSW


3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

At the Margins, but not Beyond Our Reach: The Basics for Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of Trafficking

Nicholas Oakley, JD and Laura Nagel

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Collaborating for Change: Responding to Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth

Sarah Florman, MPA

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Networking: Researchers "Can We Talk About Black Lives Matter? Shattering the Silence Around Race and Racism in Research"

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Practice Guidelines for Treatment of C-PTSD and Dissociative Disorders with Therapeutic Flexibility

S. Michele Cohen, MA, PhD, LPC, LCPC and Ann Marie Babb

30 minutes | 2:50 PM EDT–3:20 PM EDT

Building a BRIDGE for Social Reintegration Through a Human Trafficking Continuum of Care Network

Cherise Charleswell, MPH

30 minutes | 2:50 PM EDT–3:20 PM EDT

How Agencies that Traditionally Serve Domestic Violence Survivors Can Better Serve Sex Trafficking Survivors

Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHS

30 minutes | 3:30 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Addressing Patients' Sex Trafficking Risk in a High-Risk Healthcare Setting: Findings from a Collective Case Study in the Midwest

Lara Gerassi, PhD, LCSW, MSW and Anna Pederson, MS

30 minutes | 3:30 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Growing Awareness of the Interconnectivity Between Terrorism and Trafficking

Benjamin Thomas Greer, JD


4:30 PM EDT–5:00 PM EDT

Wrap-Up Session


Thursday, September 24, 2020

9:00 AM EDT–9:30 AM EDT

Morning Welcome


10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

From the Voices of Domestic Sex Trafficking Survivors: Experiences of Complex Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth

Heather Evans, DSW, LCSW

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Global Association of Human Trafficking Scholars: Annual Meeting

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Increasing Organizational Capacity to Better Serve and Reach LGBTQ+ Survivors of Human Trafficking

Alexander Delgado, BA

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

SANE Examination: What We Do and Why a Medical Examination is Important for Your Patient Who has been Trafficked

Allyson Cordoni, APRN, CNP, SANE-A, SANE-P

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

The Scars Left by Labor Trafficking: Methods to Prevent this Crime

Harold D'Souza

30 minutes | 9:50 AM EDT–10:20 AM EDT

Trends Seen in Bonded Labor Cases of South India

Jovitta Xavier, PhD and Jaba Prince MSW, MBA

30 minutes | 10:30 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Protecting the Rights of Trafficked Women in the United Arab Emirates: A Review of the United Arab Emirates Federal Law 51

Ayesha Shahid, PhD and Humaid Al-Bannai, PhD


11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Emancipation Nation Network: Social Justice through Online Connection and Education

Celia Williamson, LSW, PhD

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Familial Sex Trafficking among the Bedia of India: Defying the Dominant Human Trafficking Discourse

Rochelle Dalla, PhD, CFLE

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Networking: Healthcare Professionals

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

The Problem of Human Trafficking in Colombia, South America

Jarrod Sadulski, PhD

30 minutes | 11:20 AM EDT–11:50 AM EDT

Sex Trading Prevalence and Associated Characteristics in a Representative Sample of High School Students

Lara Gerassi, PhD, LCSW, MSW

30 minutes | 12:00 PM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Using Advanced Technology to Detect and Monitor Labor Trafficking in Florida

Michelle Alvarado, PhD, Mostafa Reisi, PhD, and Meserret Karaca


12:45 PM EDT–1:15 PM EDT

Lunch Program


1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Better Relationships, Better Data: Why You Should Be Collecting Information on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) and How to Do It

Nicholas Oakley, JD and Laura Nagel

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

From Analytics to Action: Leveraging Research and Analysis in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

David Corliss, PhD

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Networking: Survivors

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

New Approaches to Stopping Demand

Jenny Almquist and John Pulley

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Sexual Victimization Among Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities Involved in Child Welfare Services

Ann Carrellas, PhD, LMSW


3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Is Your Delivery Hijacking the Impact of Your Presentation?

Nancy Hardcastle, MA

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Networking: Legal Professionals & Law Enforcement

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

The Landscape of Care for Victims of Domestic Human Trafficking

Jeanne L. Allert, MEd, MACM

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

The Minnesota Youth Human Trafficking and Exploitation Identification Tool and Guide

Amanda Colegrove, MA and Terry Forliti, BA

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Words Matter: Language, Imagery and Storytelling in Human Trafficking Awareness

Samantha Searls, MSW and Em Joy, BFA

30 minutes | 2:50 PM EDT–3:20 PM EDT

Understanding how Survivors of Sex Trafficking Conceptualize Prevention

Jessica Donohue-Dioh, PhD, MSW-LISW

30 minutes | 3:30 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Lessons Learned from a Community-Based Participatory Research Study with At-Risk Youth in Taiwan

Victor Hsiao, BA and Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHS


4:30 PM EDT–5:00 PM EDT

Wrap-Up Session


Friday, September 25, 2020

9:00 AM EDT–9:30 AM EDT

Morning Welcome


10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

An Inclusive and Individualized Response for Victims of Crime with Disabilities: The Adult Advocacy Center Model

Katherine Yoder, MS, CFI, Adonna Wilson-Baney, CFI , and Susan Kahan, MA, LCPC

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Networking: Legal Professionals & Law Enforcement

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

No More Night: A Novel Trauma-Informed Approach to Engaging Sexually Exploited Youth in Treatment

Marissa Marie Gray, MSEd, LPC

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Relationships Matter: Women in the Scene of Street Prostitution in Ethiopia

Mesele Mengsteab Habtu, PhD, MSW and Jessica Donohue-Dioh, PhD, MSW-LISW

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

Sex Trafficking, Mental Health, and Addiction: A Survivor Story

Renee Jones, MS

60 minutes | 10:00 AM EDT–11:00 AM EDT

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys, Adolescent Males, and Young Men

Steven Procopio, ACSW, LICSW


11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Childhood Sexual Abuse, Trafficking, Trauma Implications, and Recovery

Amy Rouleau, BSW, MPA

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Control and Autonomy in Sex Trafficking: A Theoretical View of Three Case Examples

Jesse Bach, PhD and George Tsagaris, PhD

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Networking: Direct Service Providers

60 minutes | 11:30 AM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Participatory Child Trafficking Research: Trust and Empowerment

Alinka Gearon, PhD, MRes, LSW

30 minutes | 11:20 AM EDT–11:50 AM EDT

Mixed Messages: How to Create Healthy and Self Positive Biracial Youth

Celia Williamson, LSW, PhD

30 minutes | 12:00 PM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Becoming Vulnerable with Myself Was A Blessing

Renee Kae Adams

30 minutes | 12:00 PM EDT–12:30 PM EDT

Health Care Providers’ Knowledge of Human Trafficking: Implications for Building Service Capacity in a Frontier State

Neely Mahapatra, PhD, MSSW and Kirsten Havig, MSW, PhD


12:45 PM EDT–1:15 PM EDT

Lunch Program


1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Mass Incarceration and Collateral Consequences

Artika Tyner, JD, EdD and Darlene Fry, EdD

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Networking: Researchers "Leveraging Advanced Statistical Analysis Human Trafficking Research"

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Relational Trauma Common to Exploited Persons

Christa Lynn, LMHC, CCTP and Marianne Thomas, PhD

60 minutes | 1:30 PM EDT–2:30 PM EDT

Sex and Labor Trafficking of the Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Population

Pat Stephens, MEd and Steve Mentrek, MA


3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Creating a Safe Space for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Edee Franklin, BS, MEd

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

Life Cycle of a Labor Trafficking Case

Nazmia Comrie, Terence “Terry” Coonan, JD, Luis C.deBaca, JD, Florrie Burke, Evelyn Chumbow , and Megan Bruneau Zentner

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

The Influence of Trauma on Vulnerability

Beth Bullock, CTP, QBHS

60 minutes | 3:00 PM EDT–4:00 PM EDT

When Sex Trafficking Meets Asphyxiation: What to Look for and What to Do

Allyson Cordoni, APRN, CNP, SANE-A, SANE-P


4:30 PM EDT–5:00 PM EDT

Wrap-Up Session


Art Exhibits, September 23–25, 2020

Art Immersion and Relaxation

Megan Kraner, LSW, MSW and Kari Oberlin, LSW, MSW

I Want You to See Me: Narrative Performance

Rosie Best, MAT, MSW, LISW-S and Megan Kraner, LSW, MSW

Seeing Me: Experiences of the Next Generation

Heather Sloane, MSW, PhD

Seeing Me: Mental Health and Art Experience

Courtney Sakowski, LSW, MSW, Daniel Huesman, MSW, LSW, LCDCIII, and Megan Kraner, LSW, MSW

Seeing Me: Thriver Art Experience

Sarah Demerath