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St. Lucas UCC - Human Trafficking Presentation

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm


 

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
IN SAINT LOUIS??
IN SOUTH COUNTY???
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW?

Summary of the evening panel discussion:

The panel hit a home run with the topic and the audience.  Amanda Mohl laid out the dimensions of the topic, Jared Queen made it real to those of us that think locally, Kristen Eng made it clear that real community support is out there, and the kids that Warrine Bazow helps were given real, understandable dimensions.

We learned that every day an unknown number of human beings are obtained through force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of forced labor or sexual exploitation. We read about this horrible crime in other countries, but it is also happening in our own backyards. This represents one of the gravest human rights violations that we face today.

Whether it is called trafficking in persons, human trafficking, forced labor, forced prostitution, the commercial exploitation of children, or modern-day slavery—we must learn about and take action to combat these heinous crimes.

 



Come!  Learn!
Monday, May 15, 7:00 pm  Event over
At Saint Lucas United Church of Christ
11735 Denny Road        
St. Louis, MO  63126   

 

About the Speakers

 

Amanda Mohl
Amanda Mohl is the Anti-Trafficking Community Coordinator at the International Institute of St. Louis.  As the organizer for the St. Louis Rescue and Restore Coalition, she provides leadership and technical assistance to coalition members; coordinates coalition initiatives in the areas of education, public awareness, and outreach; and tracks and reports all program outcomes. Amanda received her MA in International Development from the University of Denver in 2010. Her professional background includes work in refugee resettlement, educational programming, and grant and project management.
For nearly 100 years International Institute has provided essential community integration services to each new wave of immigrants to St. Louis. They strive to serve all immigrants without regard to country of origin, race or religion. They believe that America becomes even stronger when we embrace new cultures and traditions. Their purpose is also to create a more welcoming community and shared prosperity for all residents.

www.iistl.org


Detective Jared Queen
St. Louis County Police Department
Detective Jared Queen is employed by the St. Charles County Police Department, and has been in law enforcement since November 2009. In November of 2015 he was selected to represent the St. Charles County Police Department as a member of the St. Louis County Police Department's Human Trafficking Task Force, within the Special Investigations Unit. He is also a founding member of the FBI-St. Louis' Human Trafficking Task Force as a Special Federal Officer (Task Force Officer). He is tasked to investigate cases of human trafficking, both sexual and labor in nature. He has been designated case agent and assistant case agent in federal sex trafficking investigations which have resulted in either a guilty plea or finding of guilt. Detective Queen has received and successfully completed specialized training in Undercover Police Operations and also Conducting Vice and Human Trafficking Investigations. Detective Queen received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO in June of 2009.


Kristen Eng
Kristen Eng is the Prevention Supervisor at Hoyleton Youth & Family Services and Puentes de Esperanza. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish and a Master of Social Work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has worked in the Anti-trafficking field since February of 2012 conducting outreach and training. She has provided training to over 300 people each year throughout Central and Southern Illinois. Kristen also serves as the Southern Illinois Child Death Investigation Task Force Coordinator which investigates cases of child death and serious life-threatening injury of a child in the 34 most southern counties in Illinois.
Hoyleton Youth & Family Services is a provider of positive change for every stage of child and family development since 1895. We have a 122 year history of service that is grounded by faith and the traditions of the United Church of Christ. Today our impact on the community is far reaching with state-wide programs. Through more than 18 programs, we offer a wide range of services that provide a comprehensive continuum of care. Our programs include the following foster care, independent living, residential services, teen pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention, behavioral health, community outreach and case management for Latino families, anti-trafficking program, and child death investigation task force and review team. For more information, visit www.hoyleton.org.


Warrine Bazow
Crisis Aid International’s mission is to assist in sustaining life, bring encouragement to those suffering and collaborate with other relief organizations in bringing necessary foods, materials and medicines to people in times of crisis, particularly where life and death situations exist. Demonstrating God’s love and care for people is our highest and most cherished goal.
Work in St. Louis, MO
After providing services to more than 230 survivors of sex trafficking (which is now more than 700) and operating multiple Refuge homes for victims worldwide, Crisis Aid was thrilled to open its first U.S.-based Refuge Home for American victims of sex trafficking in December 2012. In June 2015, we expanded the U.S. Refuge Home to serve minors separately from adults, enabling us to accept placements from state agencies. Since January 2013, we have provided services to more than 120 American victims of sex trafficking age 13-30 years old. We are now working to expand again to serve young mothers who have young children, which is an unmet need in our region. Donations can also be made online at www.crisisaid.org