Human Trafficking in the United States - speaker series

Did you know you don't have to be transported anywhere to be "trafficked"? That human trafficking happens all over the world, to people from countries all over the world, including right here in the United States? 

Join us February 27, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm for a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about warning signs, what you as a good samaritan can do, and the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees.

Experts from service professionals, survivors of trafficking, to attorneys and law enforcement officers, will provide compelling and engaging talks about their work. This conference will focus exclusively on domestic human trafficking within the United States, including perspectives from survivors, clinicians who work with the johns, and law enforcement officials detailing the investigative side of these cases and the overlap in content and issues with other gender-based violence issues. Speakers will also delve into nuances experienced in the LGBTQ communities and the trafficking of native women.



  1. Rochelle Keyhan (Director, HollabackPHILLY and Director, Feminist Public Works): Human Trafficking, Street Harassment, and why we're here.

  2. TED talk: Margaret Heffernan, The Dangers of "Willful Blindness".


  1. Jen Horwitz: Women's Way: Human Trafficking: the extent of the problem and attempted solutions in the United States

  2. Jack O'Neill: Philadelphia District Attorney: How They Got There: dispelling myths about prostitution and sex trafficking

  3. Daniel Velez: Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania: The Federal Response to Human Trafficking in the United States. [Not available on livestream, only at live event.]

  • 20 minute refreshment and discussion break


  1. Lynly Egyes (Staff Attorney, Sex Workers Project, NYC): The Hidden Truth: How Our Policies and Practices are Hurting Trafficking Victims

  2. Tina Frundt (Founder of Courtney's House, Service Organization): Sex trafficking in the US: a survivor's perspective.

  3. Maryanne Layden (Director of Education, Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania): Clinical perspective and experience working with Johns.

  • 20 minute refreshment and discussion break


  1. Jen Long (Director, Aequitas: The Prosecutor's Resource on Violence Against Women): The importance of an effective response to gender-based violence that sees violence against a woman in prostitution as just as worthy of a strong response as a victim of human trafficking.
  2. Sarah Deer (Victim advocacy legal specialist, Tribal Law & Policy Institute, St. Paul.: Trafficking of Native Women and Tribal Court Systems.

  • 20 minute refreshment and discussion break

10. Jen Horowitz: The state of human trafficking policies and laws in Pennsylvania.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. Discounted rates available for students. Attorneys seeking CLE credit must buy the CLE ticket, non profit and government attorneys can pay the discounted CLE rate. This conference will provide 4 substantive CLE credits, and no ethics credits. For CLE questions, please contact Farlistcity T. El at (215) 204-1073 or email at All other questions, please contact HollabackPHILLY at

Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 12:30 PM   Start
Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 05:30 PM   End
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Shusterman Hall, Temple University
1801 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, USA
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  • When: 27 Feb 2014, 12:30 PM to 27 Feb 2014, 05:30 PM. Where: Shusterman Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia.