Traffick JAM 2019
2nd Annual Human Trafficking Youth Awareness and Prevention Conference
Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 9am to 5:30pm
Memorial Hall 72 7th Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403
Human trafficking inflicts horrific trauma on victims and the community. This exciting one-day free conference will empower 7th – 12th graders in SE Wisconsin to avoid the pitfalls of human trafficking and stay safe all in a fun environment.
BONUS Parent Track
Human Trafficking Education for Parents program is NEW in 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 9am to 1pm
The Parent Track will take place in the same building as the Student Track, in a seperate adult learning space.
Students – Parents – Youth Leaders
Space is limited for this FREE event.
The Student Track at the conference includes lunch, snacks, and prizes along with a full day of interactive teaching and fun. Registration will close if we reach capacity. Organizational Youth Leaders who wish to accompany students must submit to undergo a background check as well as organization verification.
The event is presented by Fight to End Exploitation and Journey Hope, both recognized leaders in the fight against human trafficking. Funding from Racine Community Foundation supports events such as Traffick JAM.
Sessions, with both local and national experts, will include topics such as self worth, healthy relationships, social media safety, communication skills, and self-defense intended to minimize risk factors and reduce vulnerabilities.
The free event will also feature a keynote by a human trafficking survivor. Lunch, snacks, prizes, and fun activities will keep the day energized.
EDUCATE ⇒ EMPOWER ⇒ SAFETY
The luring, grooming, and exploitation of America’s youth is frightening and appalling. Every year 100,000 – 300,000 American children are at risk for sexual exploitation. The Greater Racine Human Trafficking Task Force has recovered over 250 individuals involved in human trafficking of all ages in our rural and urban areas over the last four years. Statistics show that education is the number one way to prevent human trafficking. In an effort to help prevent further victimization, Fight to End Exploitation and Journey Hope are making a concerted effort to empower and protect the youth of SE Wisconsin, and help ensure a healthy generation going forward.
Fight the New Drug educates on pornography’s harmful effects on individuals, relationships, and society. This year FTND will be joining us at Traffick JAM with their age-appropriate and research based program. Hosted in 400+ public schools and featured by Psychology Today, CNN, and Nightline, FTND finds it critical to educate students on the harmful effects of pronography.
Although the negative effects of online pornography are well documented, few realize that one demographic is especially at risk.
According to the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography, teenagers are the largest consumers of Internet Pornography. And because the brain is most susceptible during these teen years to the chemical overload that comes with continued viewing, addiction is a real danger.
Easy accessibility has turned the Internet into today’s “drug dealer” – a place where porn-related searches represent nearly 25% of ALL online inquiries. Unfortunately for students, schools have few, if any, resources dedicated to preventing – or even addressing – this problem that can lead to depression, isolation and academic struggles.
Porn is commonly made of victims of sex trafficking and put online or sold to distributors. These sex slaves are forced, coerced, and abused into doing porn. #StopTheDemand. Please understand, our message is NOT religious and NOT political.
STUDENT TRACK SPEAKERS
Rebekah Charleston is an associate employee of the National Criminal Justice Training Center, graduate student, consultant and advocate for victims of human trafficking. She is passionate about this issue because at the age of 17, she ran away and became a victim of human trafficking for more than ten years. She had multiple traffickers and was not able to escape until the federal authorities finally became involved. In 2016, Rebekah received the Survivor Award by Unlikely Heroes to honor her hard work in the field. As a survivor, Rebekah has wisdom to impart and a story that will help you understand the issues, as well as shedding light on what happens here in America. Rebekah’s story is one of hope and restoration. She dedicates her life to education, prevention, and restoration in the hopes that no other victim will share her experiences. Rebekah is sponsored by AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program which is a program with the National Criminal Justice Training Center at Fox Valley Technical College.
Bill Stedman is a Self-Defense Instructor and owner of Safe International Milwaukee. A firefighter and EMT since 1995, Bill Stedman has a passion for teaching self-defense. “Empowering students in a short amount of time with skills that could be potentially life-saving is extremely rewarding.” Bill is a certified partner with SAFE International Self Defense and is proud of his contribution in empowering women and men in the greater Milwaukee area and beyond. SAFE teaches 13,000 high school students per year in over 80 high schools. SAFE International heavily focuses on awareness/avoidance, then verbal and physical strategies. Bill has consistently developed his acumen over the last 36 years, both in the field of martial arts and various other methodologies of practical self-defense.
Pastor Lawrence L. Kirby II serves as the lead and founding pastor of The Acts Church of Kenosha. Pastor Kirby is passionately building a multiethnic, multigenerational, and multi-classed church in Kenosha. At one time he served as a program assistant for the Godfather’s Club, and was the facilitator and creator of the Boys Club at The 21st Century Prep School. He has served as the Director of Hope House (a residential facility for troubled boys ages 12 to 17), Assistant-coordinator for youth & young adult departments for the W.G.B.S.C. state congress, VITA Program coordinator for the city of Racine, and a facilitator in the Man Talk Program for the Department of Health in Racine County. Pastor Kirby is a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Kenosha. He serves as a board member with the Bread for the World organization, is a core trainer for Dare2Share, and serves as the president of the Police and Fire Commission for the city of Kenosha. He is happily married and the proud father of three children. If you ask Pastor Kirby to describe himself, he will tell you that he is a servant of God, a dedicated family man, and a man who has dedicated his life to loving God and loving people. Pastor Kirby’s session at Traffick JAM will not be a religious program.
Parker Hymas is a passionate speaker whose dream is to impact the world for the better, and to make an impact on the lives of young people. Now he uses this passion to present Fight the New Drug’s age-appropriate and research based program. Hosted in 400+ public schools and featured by Psychology Today, CNN, and Nightline, FTND finds it critical to educate students on the harmful effects of pornography.
Curvine Brewington’s desire for social acceptance led him down a path of pain and turmoil that would steal 7 years of his life. Alternative schools, probation, jails, house arrest, and lawyer fees consumed his life; and as the grip of legal obligation tightened around his neck, so did the bondage of his drug addiction. From marijuana to alcohol, to ecstasy Curvine began to engage in hostile and violent behavior in order to support his habit. At 17 years of age he was charged with 3 class-D felonies totaling a projected prison sentence of 10 years. It was then that Curvine fell into a state of depression and was introduced to cocaine.
It wasn’t until January of 2004, when he entered the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program known as Sandhills Teen Challenge, that Curvine had a divine encounter with the God of his youth. After surrendering his life to the Lord, Curvine married his childhood sweetheart, Candace.
Now, as a premier communicator, Curvine travels across the globe sharing a message of hope with a broken world. His presentation at Traffick JAM is not a religious program.
PARENT TRACK 9-1pm
Journey Hope is partnering with Fight to End Exploitation to offer an educational program for parents in the same building from 9-1pm that day. By educating both students and parents lines of communication are opened about this crucial information. Parent lunch is available for purchase. (Both students and parents must register.)
Investigator Neal Lofy is an investigator with the Racine Police Department and is assigned to the Special Investigations Unit investigating Human Trafficking as a Special Federal Officer with the FBI on the FBI Wisconsin Human Trafficking Task Force. He has been instrumental in creating the Human Trafficking Unit within the police department, as well as the Racine Human Trafficking Task Force, a collaborative effort between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. He is responsible for organizing and leading both small and large scale undercover operations and is the lead investigator on all human trafficking investigations for Racine. Neal has recently been named by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as Top 40 under 40 internationally among Law Enforcement. Neal has trained across the state and internationally as well. He is most proud of being a co-founder of Fight to End Exploitation, while currently serving as the board President.
Karri Hemmig is the co-founder of Fight to End Exploitation, a recognized leader and collaborative network that advocates for victims and educates communities. Karri has spent most of her 25-year career in non-profit marketing and development. She is a member of the Racine Police Department’s Human Trafficking Task Force, Milwaukee Federal Human Trafficking Task Force and an ongoing victim advocate. She participates annually in the FBI’s Operation Cross Country efforts as well as other proactive law enforcement recovery operations. Karri trains both the public as well as law enforcement, medical professionals, case workers, social workers, educators and others who work with trafficking victims. Karri currently works for Racine Police Department as the Human Trafficking Support Specialist and recently organized a senior law enforcement conference for the United States Attorney’s Office. Karri also serves as a member of the City of Racine Board of Ethics.
Parker Hymas is a passionate speaker whose dream is to impact the world for the better, and to make an impact on the lives of young people. Now he uses this passion to present Fight the New Drug’s age-appropriate and research based program. Hosted in 400+ public schools and featured by Psychology Today, CNN, and Nightline, FTND finds it critical to educate students on the harmful effects of pronography.
US Attorney Matthew D. Krueger says, “It is truly an honor to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. I am looking forward to working with the men and women of the United States Attorney’s Office and continuing our strong partnerships with local, state, and federal officials. Our community faces serious problems, including violent crime, too many deaths from opioids, human trafficking, and various fraud schemes. Working together with federal, state, and local partners, we’ll seek to improve the quality of life in eastern Wisconsin.”
Special Agent Nicholas Gates has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force since September 2017; assigned to the Milwaukee Field Office. Before working at DCI, he spent 14 years in Dickinson ND and retired as a patrol Sergeant. His expertise in social media safety is an invaluable part of a human trafficking prevention conference for youth and adults.
Fight to End Exploitation, a 501(c)(3), is a collaborative network that advocates for victims and educates communities in southeastern Wisconsin. As a recognized leader against human trafficking in Wisconsin. FEE is a network of local resources (law enforcement, shelters, educators, social workers, counselors, health providers and other services) collaborating to increase communication among all providers, identifying gaps in services for victims and preventing conditions that foster human trafficking in southeastern Wisconsin through education and outreach efforts.
Traffick JAM 2019 will be held at Memorial Hall
72 7th Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403
The Student Track of the conference includes lunch, snacks, and prizes along with a full day of interactive teaching and fun. Space is limited. Organizational Youth Leaders who wish to accompany students must submit to undergo a background check as well as organization verification.