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Westchester County Anti-Trafficking Task Force

 

The Westchester County Anti-Trafficking Task Force was launched in 2010 by The International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA), the Pound Ridge Police Department and My Sisters’ Place, in response to a prominent case of human trafficking in Pound Ridge.  The Task Force brings together a multitude of service providers and law enforcement from across Westchester to develop a coordinated response to human trafficking across the County. To date, the Task Force has held regular meetings to educate and update task force members; spearheaded the training of hundreds of law enforcement personnel, social service providers, child protection staff, among others to identify and respond to cases of human trafficking; created a multi-agency protocol for coordinating anti-trafficking cases and responses; and worked together on several cases.

 

2022 Annual Conference, Labor Trafficking: Current Challenges and Building Community Responses

Westchester County Anti-Trafficking Task Force Annual Conference 2022 was designed for stakeholders from the myriad of disciplinaries that must work together to prevent and respond to labor trafficking in our communities, and focused on survivor voices. Participants learned from leaders in the labor trafficking field, including workers rights organizers, USAO, lived experience experts, and survivor leaders.

Participants received training on:

  • The latest laws, policies, and trends in labor trafficking
  • Strategies for identifying potential labor trafficking cases;
  • Improving labor trafficking investigations according to a survivor and trauma-informed approach;
  • Supporting, protecting, and empowering victims from lived experienced experts and survivors of labor trafficking;
  • Learn about resources and tools to address labor trafficking 

Didn’t make the conference or want to revisit some of the trainings? Please find below recordings of all conference sessions.

Day 1, December 7th, 2022

Welcome, Get Involved and Keynote Address

Keynote speaker Fainess Lipenga, Survivor leader and Training Advisor, Human Trafficking Legal Center.

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Session 1: The Enhanced Collaborative Task Force Model: Westchester Anti-Trafficking Task Force Presentation

Moderated by Ali Boak

Panelists: Janmarie Brown, Perry Carbone, Michelle Bethencourt Garcia, Fred Greene, Dave Ryan, Treia Boozier

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Session 2: Trafficking Across Industries

This session will explore labor trafficking across Westchester County including Domestic Servitude, Construction, Agriculture, Massage Parlor, Hotel, Landscaping. 

Moderator:  Estelle Davis. Panelists: Yvonne Chen, Gonzalo Cruz, Cristina Tanzola

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Day 2, December 8th, 2022

Session 1: Meeting the Specialized Needs of Survivors of Labor Trafficking: A Panel of Lived Experienced Experts 

Moderator: Christabelle Robinson. Panelists: Harold D’Souza, Suleman Masood, Leslie Nolan

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Break Out Room 1: Labor Trafficking and Disabilities

Ali Chiu and Leanne McCallum Desselle, (NHTDWG)

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Break Out Room 2: Community Organizing and Backwages 

Martha Maffei

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Break Out Room 3: Child Labor Trafficking

Evelyn Chumbow

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