Jackson County Sex Trafficking Awareness Conference
A collaboration of community partners to provide awareness and training
on the subject of sex trafficking and its impact on our community.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 8:30am – 4:30pm | Tickets $25 per person
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Law Enforcement, Human Services, School, and Health Care all play a vital role in protecting our community and supporting survivors; this conference will help all of us gain insight on creating a system that accomplishes this goal.
This conference will also serve as an introduction to the Jackson County Sex Trafficking Intervention Task Force, which was recently established in part from a grant through the Department of Justice. “This event represents a pivotal point in our community,” says Barbara Johnson, Executive Director of Community Works, “our concerned community members and leaders will be joining forces to take action against sex-trafficking in our counties.”
This task force will be a community collaboration between partners in the advocacy community, law enforcement, human services, health care, and more.
- Rebecca Bender, Keynote: CEO and Founder, Rebecca Bender Initiate, Survivor Leader
- Staysha Hackmann, Presenter: Survivor Leader, Sex Trafficking Intervention Leader
- Erin Kevin, Presenter: FBI Portland Division, Victim Specialist
- Mike Gallager, Presenter: Portland Police Bureau Sex Trafficking Unit
- Liz Alston, Presenter: Department of Human Services, State of Oregon Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Coordinator
- Ariana Ridgley, Portland Police Officer
- Amanda Swanson, DOJ Trafficking Intervention Coordinator
A complimentary continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch will be provided on site.
*CLE’s, CEU’s through NASW and ACCBO applied for.
The event is sponsored by Jackson County Community Justice, Community Works, The District Attorney Victim Assistance Division, and the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team.
Community Works Inc., the Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office Victims’ Assistance Program have joined together this year to “Honor our Past and Create Hope for the Future.”
These agencies are inviting you to join us at the Jackson County Library in Medford on April 11th at 5:30 p.m. for a FREE event to learn more about crime victims’ rights.
Executive Director, Barbara Johnson, of Community Works said, “This event is an opportunity for all of us to learn and become knowledgeable about our rights and the resources available.”
There will be refreshments, representatives from each of the agencies and a wonderful presentation about crime victims’ rights. We are pleased to announce Ms. Meg Garvin M.A., J.D., Executive Directive of the Oregon Crime Victim Law Institute at Lewis and Clark University will be bringing a message of encouragement to our community about the work being done on behalf of crime victims. We will also hear from a survivor of human trafficking who will share her courageous story of hope and strength. This evening is free and open to the public. All presentation are in English, but there will be literature from local agencies in Spanish as well.
The State of Oregon has been working on rights for crime victims since the mid 1980’s. Today, the Oregon Constitution and the Oregon Revised Statutes afford certain rights to crime victims. Over the past forty years, agencies in Jackson County have developed services for crime victims to help ensure their rights are upheld and their needs are met in the aftermath of a crime.
Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be celebrated nationwide from April 7th through the 13th this year. Unfortunately, each day people fall victim to crimes in their communities; assault, theft, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, fraud and so much more. Jackson County residents experience these crimes as well. Often friends, family, neighbors and crime victims themselves don’t know how to respond to crime or what their right are once they experience these tragic events.
Come and join us at the library at 205 S. Central Ave. to learn your rights so you can help others in your community or be informed if you become a victim to a crime. There are many wonderful resources in our community. Come join with us the evening of April 11th and learn more about Crime Victims’ Rights.
For more information call 541.779.2393