Lt. Gen. Martin Steele (Ret.) and leading law enforcement, human rights leaders and academics take part in Oct. 1-3 conference; free and open to the public
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2014) – The University of South Florida Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC), in coordination with U.S. Southern Command (US SouthCom), presents a three-day conference: “Promoting Collaboration and International Partnerships to Combat and Mitigate Human Trafficking,” Oct. 1-3. This event is free and open to the public.
The keynote speaker will be General John F. Kelly, the commander of U.S. SouthCom in Doral, Fla. He will be introduced by USF System President Judy Genshaft and Marine Lt. Gen. Martin R. Steele (Ret.). The keynote address, at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the Patel Center for Global Solutions Auditorium, will be followed by a networking reception in honor of General Kelly.
Among six panels focused on the most challenging aspects of human trafficking, there will be participation of representatives from the Tampa Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Bureau and the FBI’s Task Force from the bureau’s human trafficking program in Tampa. Norma Ledezma, the coordinator for the Mexican non-governmental organization (NGO) Justicia para Nuestras Hijas (Justice for our Daughters) will also be in attendance. Her own daughter was murdered in 2002.
“We have designed this conference as a series of shared conversations between different constituencies on both labor and sex trafficking,” said ISLAC Director, Associate Professor Rachel May. “The idea is to discuss international collaboration and strategies to combat and mitigate these horrific crimes.”
Each panel features representatives from five realms: domestic and international NGOs, law enforcement, government – local, state, federal and international – the military and academia. The moderators in each are highly-informed and engaged in the subject areas.
“The panels are laying the groundwork for a forthcoming website that we will maintain,” May said. “It will provide ongoing statistics, follow-up on whatever progress in made as well as additional resources and a list of organizations battling the problems associated with human trafficking.”
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Patel Center for Global Solutions Auditorium
Keynote Address – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday Oct. 2: USF Marshall Student Center – Heron Room 3709
Panel 1: Public Awareness and Education – 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Panel 2: Rescuing and Providing Services for Victims – 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Panel 3: Technology, Geography and Combatting Trafficking – 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.
Panel 4: Defining the Scope of the Problem and Data Collection – 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3: USF Marshall Student Center – Heron Room 3709
Panel 5: Arresting and Prosecuting Perpetrators – 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Panel 6: Epidemiology, Public Health and the Trafficking of Persons – 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The conference closes with an invitation-only meeting and reception – 12:30 to 2 p.m.
*PLEASE NOTE: The title of the agenda and its content are for informational purposes only and the participation of Southern Command in this event does not constitute an official endorsement of USF by Southern Command or the Department of Defense.”
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