Life After Trauma Organization

In Our Backyard: A Conference on Human Trafficking

Posted on March 13, 2017

LATO has developed TRAUMA – PIR. Prevention. Intervention. Recovery.™ to address the spectrum of trauma from impact to recovery. This year, the conference will focus on delivering our message to the teens, their care givers and all who are interested in innovative approaches to protecting our teens from CSEC and trauma.

Conference Agenda:

A panel, which will include representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, psychologists, counselors, and community leaders will address what is being done in our city schools and communities to promote environments that support prevention, intervention and recovery.

Panelists will include:

Michele L. Morgan, Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of PA, is assigned to prosecuting individuals who have been arrested for human trafficking. She speaks passionately about sex trafficking in Pennsylvania. She has two daughters. She will address her comments to the teens attending the conference. This is the third time she
is presenting at LATO’s conference.

Russell Morris, School Psychologist, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, is a co-researcher of a study at Cook Jr. High School in Philadelphia. He is co-authoring a support schools attempting to help students with complex trauma function in a school environment. A modification of IEPs to become trauma sensitive and a trauma focused integrative approach is being explored through the study. The study is currently underway and Russell will present what has been done so far, and the implications for structuring school based support for children affected by complex trauma.

Rev. Dr. L. Jones, Pastor sits on a panel of clergy who are addressing trauma in the community. She will speak on the role clergy play in helping communities deal with far reaching effects of traumatic events that impact the individual, his or her family and the wider community.

Katie Holton, Crime Victims Center of Chester County will speak about the challenges of connecting victims with services.

John Rafferty, Esquire, Chester County DA will speak changes in Pennsylvania legislation to prosecute individuals involved human trafficking.

Chuck Crawford, law enforcement (ret.) oversaw human trafficking investigations in Chester Co.

Urban Improv is this year’s special feature. Counselors of middle and high school students will bring student to the conference to see, and experience Urban Improv’s interactive theater workshops. This program is used in Boston to help students deal creatively with major issues in their lives. All are invited to attend.

Individuals interested in, or preparing for a career in psychology, law, social justice, public health, social work, drama therapy, and for working with vulnerable youth, will find the conference an invaluable source of information.

A signed Media Release is required for students in attendance.

March 24th, 2017 – Temple University – Howard Gittis Student Center – 1755 N 13th Street, Room 200B, Philadelphia, PA 19122 – 9am-5pm – Registration begins at 8:30am

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