January 5, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE)
Cell: (626) 644-3472 Office: (360) 852-8019
Southwest Conference Against Trafficking 2016 (SWCAT2016)
San Bernardino County Community to Host Human Trafficking Awareness Event
Ontario, Calif. – We have a goal…a world without modern-day slavery and in January, the public is invited to a educational conference on the issue of human trafficking with a particular focus on how to help and advocate for commercially sexually exploited children.
The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE), San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) and Crittenton Services for Children and Families will be hosting the Southwest Conference Against Trafficking (SWCAT) in Ontario, Calif. The Southwest Conference Against Trafficking will bring respected social services organizations, local elected officials, multiple expert speakers, celebrity support, and notable journalists together for one powerful, educational and inspirational weekend January 15-17, 2016 at the Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center in San Bernardino County.
The conference will feature breakout sessions, networking receptions, keynote speakers, resources, the San Bernardino County 6th Annual Anti-Trafficking Walk, and a special appearance and speech by actress AnnaLynne McCord.
The Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award will also be presented on Saturday evening to John Canzano, a reporter at The Oregonian in Portland, OR for having the courage to use his media platform in order to help bring the story to light of a young woman who was raped by four college football players.
About the Conference:
The conference weekend includes two full days of workshops, more than 25 presenters, resource information, networking, and will end on Sunday morning with the San Bernardino County 6th Annual Anti-Trafficking Walk.
Speakers include: Lisa Guerrero from Inside Edition, Jane Velez-Mitchell (Jane UnChained), Araksya Karapetyan from Fox Los Angeles, Kacey Montoya from KTLA 5, San Bernardino County Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos, Sandra Morgan (Vanguard University), Dr. Barbara Hernandez (Crittenton Services for Children and Families), Detective Chap Opitz (Beaverton Police Department), Carroll Schroeder (California Alliance of Children & Family Services), Dr. Kathie Mathis (California Cognitive Behavioral Institute), Emily Austin (Peace Over Violence and Los Angeles Child Sexual Abuse Advisory Committee), Dr. Dominique Roe-Sepowitz (Arizona Office of Trafficking Intervention Research) and many others including a powerful performance by the band Sound of Sunrise.
Alaska Airlines, Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center, Crittenton Services for Children and Families, San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE), U.S. Department of Justice / Office for Victims of Crime, County of San Bernardino Children’s Network, California Cognitive Behavioral Institute, Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor Area, Soroptimist International of Portland, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, KMDezine Studio, Facebook, ActionSprout and Google.
The public is invited to visit www.SWCAT.org for registration and information.
Topics: Non-Profit, Social Services, Human Trafficking Educational Conference, Trauma-Informed Educational Workshops, Social Work, Mental Health, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Geography: Los Angeles County, Calif., Orange County Calif., San Bernardino County, Calif., Riverside County, Calif.