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ICCR Webinar: Fact v. Fiction: The Realities of Trafficking in Texas
Title: Fact v. Fiction: The Realities of Trafficking in Texas
Presenter: Kirsta Melton

Victims of trafficking are often hiding in plain sight. They occupy our schools, workplaces, hospitals, and homeless and domestic violence shelters, but they are reluctant to ask for help or seek justice from a system that has failed them repeatedly. Jurisdictions that are successful in attacking human trafficking are those that are educated and proactively seeking to combat the crime. Participants will be grounded in the basics of trafficking law and dynamics, the tools that traffickers use to obtain and maintain people, the parallels that exist between trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, red flags for identifying victims, and the critical nature of a coordinated community response in addressing these crimes. Using Texas cases, the webinar will also cover the way trafficking manifests in rural jurisdictions as opposed to urban centers and provide action items that counties can use to prevent and engage in early interdiction of trafficking.

Learning Objectives
1. Describe what human trafficking is, distinguish it from smuggling, and refute the myths surrounding trafficking.
2. Recognize the tools traffickers use to lure and maintain victims.
3. Identify populations vulnerable to trafficking in your jurisdiction and how you will encounter them in your ongoing CCR work.

Accreditation available for Social Work & MCLE!

Jan 14, 2021 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Kirsta Melton
Founder & CEO @Institute to Combat Trafficking
Kirsta Leeburg Melton is a twenty-year prosecutor and the Founder and CEO of Institute to Combat Trafficking which exists to seek justice for trafficking victims and provide accountability for traffickers. Melton led the state’s response to human trafficking at the Office of the Texas Attorney General, founded the Bexar County District Attorney’s Trafficking Unit and is responsible for several of the State’s first life sentences for traffickers. She also served as the lead prosecutor for the State of Texas in the takedown of Backpage.com in April 2018. Melton has provided in-person human trafficking training for more than 20,000 people and been featured in training films utilized by hundreds of thousands of others. She played a critical role in the restructuring of Texas trafficking law and procedure and is regularly called to consult with and testify before the Texas legislature on trafficking issues.