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Annual Trafficking in America Conference held in Nashville

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The Trafficking In America Conferences aren’t just annual gatherings of people that come and go. They are designed to educate the general public about at-risk youth, and to mobilize and engage people across America to help turn this horrendous crime of human trafficking  around. The human trafficking conference team gives great thought to topics that will help make an impact in the lives of those attending. The 2013 Conference offers a slate of speakers this year to increase awareness and give attendees the practical tools they need to make a difference and save lives.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry (just behind drug trafficking) with children accounting for roughly half of all victims, as reported by USA Today.

The 2013 Human Trafficking Conference from May 23-25 is open to anyone with an interest in becoming educated and made aware of the issue of human trafficking.

Human trafficking affects the entire population—important to the general public, educators, military, legal professionals, law enforcement, social workers, youth, church leaders, travelers, parents, fathers, mothers, and medical professionals. It’s relevant to anyone wanting to become educated about the issues surrounding and fueling human trafficking.

This year’s event is P.O.S.T. certified for Tenn. Law Enforcement for 17 hours of CEU and Certified for Tenn. Social Workers for 15 hours. Some of the key speakers include: Laura Lederer, JD, Key note: Demand Reduction; Linda Dixon: Department of Defense; Agent Greg Christopher, FBI; Debra Moser- Finney: EEOC and Labor Trafficking; Lynn Walsh: Fatherless Homes and Their Effects on Children; Joan Keddell: International Tourism Management Institute—Travel, Tourism, and Trafficking; Frank Schaeffer, keynote: ‘Living One’s Religions through Combating Human Trafficking’; and Derek William, ‘Back to the Streets: A Former Pimp Works to Prevent Youth from Entering the Life; as well as survivors of HT.

With the conference being held in part during Memorial Day Weekend, a highlight of the conference will be a special Memorial Day Service to honor current military and veterans for their dedication to serving. The service will be conducted during the awards luncheon on Friday, May 24 from noon-2 pm. Those that want to attend the Memorial Day Service only can register on the conference site at <www.traffickinginamericaconference.info/register/>.

After evaluating the progress of the previous two years, Mrs. Williams and her team will unveil the next phase of their organization’s mission: the creation of the Trafficking In America Task Force Alliance, a fusion to unite the NGOs that are new to human trafficking  in America, and offering oversight and management which will allow them greater opportunity for the success of their visions. “We will be able to create a stronger force in the country with us all speaking and moving with one voice rather than being scattered and unconnected. New NGO’s need direction and they need support and we believe this is another way that we can help stop human trafficking in America. People’s hearts are being torn apart by this issue and they want to truly make a difference. With the implementation of this aspect of our mission, we can create and fill the gaps in each state,” said Williams. Register for the 2013 Trafficking In America Conference at <http://traffickinginamericaconference.info/> .

Trafficking in America Task Force is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization and has been working since 2004 to educate the American population about the reality of the sale of American women, men, and children into sexual slavery for the profit and pleasure of their perpetrators, and that the forced labor trafficking of both adults and children is real in this country.

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