TIP Report in The State of Georgia

Greetings from The Slave Detective,

The State of Georgia Education Detpartment have once again tackled the problem of Human Trafficking Head on. Their last conference featured in The T.I.P. Report of 2012:-

Human Trafficking, A Global and State of Georgia Problem

Presented by the
Georgia Department of Education and the Bryan College Center for International Development
Background
The Georgia Department of Education and the Bryan College Center for International Development have designed a six part seminar series on human trafficking to be held in October 2012 and March 2013 in Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Macon and Columbus. These seminars representing Phase 2 of an effort by the GADOE to help combat the crime of human trafficking in Georgia will feature individual presenters who work in anti-human trafficking activities at a global, national and local level.
A major component of this seminar series will be designed to help Georgia educators and social services workers identify key indicators of possible trafficking activities, as well as trafficking victims. They will be provided with information on how to proceed with contacting law enforcement and agencies that deal with trafficking once a credible suspicion has been raised that trafficking may be taking place. The overall goal of the series will be to give the attendees a comprehensive overview of trafficking which includes the criminals who perpetrate it, law enforcement that fights against it and the various governmental agencies and NGOs that work to prevent trafficking and to aid victims rescued from trafficking.
Some Historical Notes and Program Emphasis
The phenomenon of human trafficking has mushroomed globally over the past two decades due in great part to the proliferation of the internet which makes the movement of trafficking victims easier to facilitate within countries and around the globe. Another major factor has been significant social unrest and migration that has occurred in Central and Eastern Europe as a result of the fall of Communism in 1989 which left large segments of the populations of these countries in virtual poverty. In recent years wars and conflicts in places like the African continent have displaced many people from their villages and homes making large numbers of women and children vulnerable to those who wish to traffic humans. Human traffickers feed off of social instability and the desire of people caught up in cultural unrest and upheaval to find gainful employment, oftentimes to meet even their most basic survival needs.
The Bryan GADOE/Bryan College seminars will focus primarily on the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation. However, the trafficking of individuals for the purpose of labor will also be discussed. This seminar series will look at trafficking from the point of international and  law enforcement, which is a critical topic because of the large number of individuals trafficked between nations, and the subsequent difficulty of creating law enforcement networks between countries that can respond effectively and rapidly to react to the activities of organized gangs who run these types of criminal operations.
In addition to looking at the activities of law enforcement officials combating human trafficking on the “front lines”, we will look at the processes for prosecuting traffickers in the United States  and various countries, what needs to be done to toughen laws and penalties for traffickers and the rehabilitation of individuals rescued from trafficking. Counties of origin and transient countries through which women and children are shipped to brothels in Western countries will also be examined. These countries, particularly in former European Marxist states play a key role in fueling the human trafficking trade and are often aided by corrupt governments, politicians, judges and police.
Many informed estimates place the number of individuals trafficked globally at 27 million people. In Georgia alone it is estimated that 400 to 500 individuals are trafficked each month which is undoubtedly aided in the Atlanta area by a sprawling metropolis and one of the world’s largest and busiest airports.
Key Note Presenters:
Roddy Llewellyn, New Scotland Yard  In September 2006 Detective Llewellyn was commissioned as the Detective Sergeant to establish The Metropolitan Police Human Trafficking Team, Specialist Crime Directorate (SCD) 6 at New Scotland Yard. It was the only dedicated UK human trafficking unit proactively targeting Organized Criminal Networks involved in the trafficking of human beings for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labor, crime and organs. This unit dealt with over 300 human trafficking cases working closely with all of the NGO’s in the United Kingdom working in the field of Human Trafficking.  Detective Llewellyn also served as part of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) with Europol, Eurojust and the Romanian National Police, targeting an Organized Criminal Network (OCN) who have trafficked over 1107 Roma children into Europe.
Amy Walters, Street Grace  Amy Walters, Street GRACE  Amy Walters is the Director of Programs at Street GRACE, the only ANTI-CSEC organization that leads people on a comprehensive path to end CSEC for good. Street GRACE connects people to reliable, effective outlets for eliminating CSEC.   Ms. Walters’ career has focused on serving the needs of the public in numerous capacities.  She is guided by her faith and was called to action on this issue.  Her responsibilities include all areas of programmatic activities, targeting the recruitment and development of Volunteers and Community Partners.  Ms. Walters is a significant contributor to the organization’s publicity and advocacy work.  She continues to cultivate new relationships with other institutions in fostering a sense of collective responsibility for eradicating CSEC.  Ms. Walters is a graduate of The Ohio State University.
Camila Wright, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Fulton County Camila Wright is the head of the Human Trafficking Unit for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office where she is responsible for the prosecution of all cases related to human trafficking and specifically child sexual exploitation.  Her current focus is the domestic trafficking of children, and the majority of her experience involves young local girls who are manipulated and trafficked into a life of prostitution in and around the Atlanta area.  The unit works closely with the FBI, GBI, ICE, and local law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute trafficking cases.  ADA Wright has her J.D. from The University of Chapel Hill and her L.L.M in International Law from the University of Amsterdam.
Macon
Location TBA
Mon. October 29  8:30 – 9:30 am  Metropolitan Police New Scotland Yard Overview on Trafficking  Roddy Llewellyn, New Scotland Yard
Mon. October 29  9:45- 10:30 am  A Look at Trafficking and anti-Trafficking Activities in the State of Georgia  Amy Walters, Street Grace
Mon. October 29 11:00- 11:45 am Child Sex Trafficking in Georgia: Real Stories and Statistics from the State of Georgia Camila Wright, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Fulton County
Mon. October 29  12:00 noon – 1:00 pm  So You’ve Been Trafficked  Roddy Llewellyn, New Scotland Yard
Closing Remarks: Dennis Miller, Bryan College;  Joel Thornton, GADOE
Statesboro
Location TBA
Tues. October 30  8:30 – 9:30 am  Metropolitan Police New Scotland Yard Overview on Trafficking  Roddy Llewellyn, New Scotland Yard
Tues. October 30  9:45- 10:30 am  A Look at Trafficking and anti-Trafficking Activities in the State of Georgia  Amy Walters, Street Grace
Tues. October 30 11:00- 11:45 am Child Sex Trafficking in Georgia: Real Stories and Statistics from the State of Georgia Camila Wright, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Fulton County
Tues. October 30  12:00 noon – 1:00 pm  So You’ve Been Trafficked  Roddy Llewellyn, New Scotland Yard
Closing Remarks: Dennis Miller, Bryan College;  Joel Thornton, GADOE
Augusta
Location TBA
Wed.  October 31  8:30 – 9:30 am  Metropolitan Police New Scotland Yard Overview on Trafficking  Roddy Llewellyn, New Scotland Yard
Wed. October 31  9:45- 10:30 am  A Look at Trafficking and anti-Trafficking Activities in the State of Georgia  Amy Walters, Street Grace
Wed. October 31 11:00- 11:45 am Child Sex Trafficking in Georgia: Real Stories and Statistics from the State of Georgia Camila Wright, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Fulton County
Wed. October 31  12:00 noon – 1:00 pm  So You’ve Been Trafficked  Roddy Llewellyn, New Scotland Yard
Closing Remarks: Dennis Miller, Bryan College;  Joel Thornton, GADOE
So if you near Georgia in November come and ask me some questions. I’ll be happy to see you.   :o)
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