The recently re-established Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) has teamed together with the Department of Justice, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, several Upper Peninsula Law Enforcement Agencies, and other local “experts” in the field to bring Human Trafficking Community Awareness to the UP in a week-long event during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Beginning Monday, January 22, 2018 the group will be presenting presentations across the U.P. at local colleges and universities.
For Bay College West Campus, the presentation will be held in Fornetti Hall at the Bay College West Campus, on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. CST. Featured speakers include, Leslie A. Hagen from the Department of Justice, local Michigan State Police Community Trooper Geno Basanese, Elisabeth Alquist Iron Mountain Police Department (IMPD) Victim Advocate and Cheryl O’Neil Executive Director of Caring House, Inc.
For Bay College Main Campus in Escanaba, the presentation will be held in the Besse Theater on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST. The featured speaker will be Leslie A. Hagen from the Department of Justice.
Hagen currently serves as the Department of Justice’s first National Indian Country Training Coordinator. In this position, she is responsible for planning, developing and coordinating training in a broad range of matters relating to the administration of justice in Indian Country. Hagen has previously served as both a federal and state prosecutor. She has 29 years of criminal justice experience and focuses on issues related to domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Hagen authored a recent national publication on combatting trafficking in tribal communities and in 2016 created a video training project focused on sex trafficking of Alaska Natives.
The Michigan State Police (MSP) Community Service Troopers (CSTs) are assigned to regions across the state to focus on community outreach to help strengthen communities. They serve citizens in a range of ways, including mentoring youth, working with seniors, and educating citizens on emerging crime trends. Community Service Troopers Geno Basanese, Iron Mountain Post will be presenting at the BAY West Campus in Iron Mountain.
Elisabeth Alquist is a Victim Advocate at the Iron Mountain Police Department where she offers supportive services to local citizens who have been victims of violent crime. She previously lived in Minnesota where she worked for the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, serving a diverse population of women and children experiencing domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. In 2014 she helped start the new “Hearts for Freedom” program at the Heartland Girls’ Ranch in Western Minnesota where she provided case management services for child survivors of commercial sex trafficking. Elisabeth is looking forward to sharing what she has learned while working in the anti-trafficking field specifically involving children.
Cheryl O’Neil is the Executive Director of Caring House, INC serving victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking. In over 30 years of work in this field, Cheryl has provided services for thousands of survivors; Giving her the expertise to develop and implement training curriculum for other service providers, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and the general public in their respective capacities in working with this demographic. Cheryl actively participates in trainings provided by both Anti-Domestic and Sexual Coalitions in Michigan and Wisconsin and has been a member of numerous boards and committees to continue her education on providing superior services to survivors. Cheryl is currently serving on the Wisconsin Board of Directors for End Abuse Wisconsin, the state’s Coalition against Domestic Abuse. Cheryl works alongside Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper, Geno Basanese in providing training throughout Dickinson and Iron County on Human Trafficking. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with you and learning from the expertise of all involved in this task force.
Featured speakers will present on signs to look for in both victims and traffickers, who can be a target of human trafficking, the laws both Federal and Michigan regarding Human Trafficking, and previous cases that have been discovered both nationally and locally
There will be time for Q & A after each presentation and a brief invite to any participants to join the UPHTTF by the current Task Force Group Leader/Administrator Marlene Mottes Victim Advocate from the Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Michigan, Marquette Office and other Task Force members.
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