Trafficked Persons: An Introduction to the Victims and Those Assisting Them

Friday, June 27 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Speakers: Natasha Slesnick, PhD; State Representative Teresa Fedor, 45th House District-Toledo; Michelle Hannan, MSW, LISW-S; Michael Sheline, Associate in Business Administration; Jesse Bach, BEd, MEd, PhD-ABD & Renee Jones
Registration: 8 a.m. | Workshop: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: OPA Member: $150 | Non-member: $180 | Student: $100
Location: Dublin Springs, 7625 Hospital Dr, Dublin, OH 43016

Registration is now closed. Onsite registrations will be accepted with a $30 fee. Lunch cannot be guaranteed for onsite registrants. Please contact Joan Bowman with questions.

Workshop Description

While human trafficking has existed throughout history, the problem has attracted new attention. Fluid international boundaries combine with the ease of transporting commodities of all types and allow the easy movement of enslaved persons. Internet communications create a marketplace to sell the services of persons exploited by trafficking syndicates. Victims often unwittingly cooperate with traffickers as their needs for protection, food and shelter, often in hostile environments, place them in the control of persons who use these needs to extract labor and services from them. The most common uses of trafficked persons are for physical labor and the sex trade. The workshop introduces the audience to the issue of human trafficking and its victims. The workshop explores public policy aimed at prevention and treatment programs designed to assist victims.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be provided an overview of the human trafficking problem, including an introduction to the traffickers and their victims.
  • Participants will be introduced to programs run by service organizations and governmental agencies to assist victims and apprehend traffickers.
  • Participants will be informed of the psychological consequences for victims of trafficking and will understand the path to recovery and reintegration of victims into a normative living and employment situation.
  • Particular attention will be devoted to an understanding of the young people who are trafficked and of LBGT young persons as a subgroup of all young people who are trafficked.

About the Speakers

Jesse Bach, BEd, MEd, PhD-ABD is the Executive Director of The Imagine Foundation, a nonprofit located in Cleveland, OH dedicated to spreading awareness and promoting solutions for building a more free world. His research interests include the systems and institutional agents associated with domestic sex trafficking and the role that schools hold in rectifying the situation. He first became interested in ending human trafficking trafficking after seeing children sold on the streets of Havana, Cuba and then subsequently working with human trafficking survivors in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Natasha Slesnick, PhD is a professor of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. Her psychology interests include families and adolescents with issues pertaining to homelessness substance use, child abuse, depression, high risk behaviors, and development and evaluation of effective interventions for runaway and homeless youth and their families.

Representative Fedor serves the 52nd district in the Ohio House of Representatives. She served as an Ohio Senator during the 126th, 127th, and 128th General Assemblies. Last year the Governor signed her landmark Human Trafficking legislation into law, which will now criminalize human trafficking in our state. Before her career as a legislator began, Representative Fedor worked as a teacher for 18 years, spending 15 years with the Toledo Public School system. Representative Fedor currently serves as a member on the House State Government and Elections Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee, and the Education Committee. Representative Fedor is also the policy chair of the House Women’s Caucus.

Michelle Hannan, MSW, LISW-S
is the Director of Professional and Community Services for The Salvation Army Central Ohio. Ms. Hannan is responsible for The Army’s workforce development, basic needs, and anti-human trafficking services in Central Ohio. Ms. Hannan coordinates the Coalition’s efforts in the areas of emergency response and social services for trafficked persons, public awareness, social services, legislation and law enforcement. Ms. Hannan has lectured extensively on human trafficking. She is a member of The Salvation Army’s National Anti-Trafficking Council and the Ohio Attorney General Human Trafficking Study Commission, serving as Chair of the Victims Services and Safe Locations Committee.

Michael Sheline is Assistant Section Chief of the Crime Victims Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. He administers the federal Victims of Crime Act and State Victims Assistance Act, providing grants of over $17 million annually for organizations serving survivors of violent crimes. He assists in managing Ohio’s Crime Victims Compensation fund and develops policy and legislation related to victimization. Michael has a special interest and policy emphasis on the exploitation of transitional-age youth and the needs of LGBTQI youth who are homeless or have “aged out” of foster care.  Michael serves on the board of the National Association of Victim Assistance Administrators, the Ohio LGBTQI Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault Task Force, and co-directs the Ohio Taskforce on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness. He also chairs the Board of Directors of Enterprise Works Ohio, a non-profit that connects individuals with disabilities to entrepreneurial opportunities. Michael is a certified trainer through the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy and presents on the vulnerabilities of LGBTQI youth to trafficking and sexual exploitation for human trafficking service providers, domestic violence shelters, Court Appointed Special Advocates, prosecutor’s offices and conferences.

Renee Jones is the President and CEO and founder of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that fosters opportunities for the disadvantaged. The Center’s mission is to empower these individuals to advocate for themselves and to improve their quality of life through personal, social, and professional development. The Center has operated since 2002 and provides evening and weekend programs along with outreach programs and services in the greater Cleveland area. Ms Jones is passionate about helping people restore their lives and tackling issues that plaque and destroys communities by creating programs specifically designed to address the issues.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing and will be subject to a $30 service charge. There will be no refund for cancellations made less than 5 days in advance of the workshop. The planners and sponsors of these events are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.

CE Credit Policies

The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OPA maintains responsibility for the programs and their content. CE Credits also are available from the State of Ohio Counselor/Social Worker Board (approval number RCS070608) for this workshop.

Questions? Please contact Director of Membership and Education Joan Bowman.


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