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Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm (CST) 

The anti-human trafficking field has grown exponentially in the last decade. We now have a better understanding of how traffickers exploit systems and recruit their victims. Through this webinar two members of the Disruption Strategies team at Polaris will share some of those recent findings as well as resources that are available around the country to serve human trafficking survivors. The webinar will provide an overview of what human trafficking looks like in the U.S., including the 25 forms of trafficking we’ve identified, with a specific emphasis on the type of trafficking affecting Latin American woman and girls in the U.S. We will also cover important intersections between the anti-human trafficking field and the work of organizations combating Domestic Violence. The overlap between both fields is undeniable, and if we work together and share knowledge we will be able to reach more survivors across the country. As the famous saying goes: “En la Union Está la Fuerza.”

By the end of this webinar, participants will understand:

  • The landscape of human trafficking in the U.S., the 25 types of trafficking that exist and more specifically the types that affect Latin American woman and girls in the U.S.
  • The factors that make Latin America woman and girls vulnerable to sex trafficking in the U.S., such as DV.
  • How domestic violence organizations are uniquely suited to serve human trafficking survivors and practical tips to adapt services for that population.

Presenters:

Francheska Loza, Disruption Strategies Community Organizer, Polaris Project

Francheska Loza is the Disruption Strategies Community Organizer at Polaris Project. She leads initiatives that identify, engage, and equip key stakeholder populations to facilitate the effective and systemic eradication of the different types of human trafficking in the U.S. Prior to joining Polaris, Francheska worked in the international Litigation and Arbitration Department of Foley Hoag LLP, as part of a team that represented sovereign states. During the time she also worked on Pro Bono asylum cases involving victims of domestic and gang-related violence from Latin America.

Alexa Schaeffer Quintero, Community Organizer, Disruption Strategies team, Polaris.

Alexa Schaeffer Quintero is a Community Organizer with the Disruption Strategies team at Polaris. The majority of her employment experience has involved project management and advocacy work with immigrant and asylee communities in New York and Santiago, Chile. In her former role, she applied a human right based approached to address the social and economic exclusion of immigrants discriminated by employers in Santiago. Through workshops and individual counsel, she trained immigrants to name and demand their labor, migrant, and universal rights, and trained the private sector to implement inclusive hiring processes.

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