Collaborating to Address Human Trafficking Conference
Abilene, Texas, June 12, 2019 Agenda
0745-0800 Laurie Charles Introductions and welcome
Sexual assault evidence collection kit tracking
0800-0930 Kirsta Melton The intersection of pimp culture, pornography, prostitution, &
0945-1115 Dave Klimek Federal law enforcement response to human trafficking: Labor
& sex trafficking
1130-1300 Laurie Charles Medical response to sex trafficking: Are we missing it?
1300-1345 Lunch Lunches provided
1345-1515 Chuck Paul Rescue and restoration: Rescuing trafficking survivors
& the social services response
1530-1630 Rachel Fischer Survivor perspective
1630-1745 Tomi Grover Child sex trafficking in Texas: Challenges, progress & hope
1745-1800 Laurie Charles Evaluation and closing
Collaborating to Address Human Trafficking Conference
June 12, 2019 in Abilene, Texas
1. Description: This conference is designed for all professionals who may interact with victims or perpetrators of sex trafficking. Recommended attendees include: Health care professionals, students, law enforcement, attorneys, social service professionals and advocates.
2. Learning outcomes: Attendees who complete this educational activity will be able to:
a. Examine common indicators of human trafficking.
b. Correlate the links between trafficking and pornography.
c. Discuss Texas statutes pertaining to human trafficking.
d. Summarize local and state trafficking prevention activities.
e. Predict health care needs of trafficked victims.
f. Relate interviewing techniques utilized with potential trafficking victims.
g. Classify “red flag” symptoms that may be consistent with human trafficking.
h. Prioritize social and safety needs of recently rescued trafficking victims.
i. Identify trafficker’s methods of power and control over their victims.
3. Speaker bios:
Laurie Charles MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, CHSE is Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University in the Forensic Health Care Program. Ms. Charles obtained her Master’s degree in Health Care Management & Leadership in 2015. She is an emergency department nurse who began her forensic nursing career in a pediatric hospital where she was a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), and then manager of the forensic nursing program for over 16 years. In her forensic nursing career, she cared for several thousand patients and oversaw the care of tens of thousands of patients. Additionally, Ms. Charles was a SANE Trainer for the Texas Attorney General, providing education for registered nurses. She has extensive sexual assault patient care experience, but her primary expertise is in child physical abuse/neglect, child sexual abuse/assault, and human trafficking. Her current focus in on outreach, providing education and training for health care professionals.
b. Dr. Tomi Grover, PhD joined as the North Texas Regional Administrator of the Child Sex Trafficking Team in August 2018. She holds a PhD in Social Work and Ministry-Based Evangelism. Certified as a law enforcement officer early in her educational career, she is also a TCOLE instructor for advanced human trafficking and missing and exploited children courses. She has spent the last 13 years helping to educate professionals and advocate for trafficking victims.
Kirsta Melton, JD is the Deputy Criminal Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section of the Office of the Texas Attorney General. From 2000-2014, she prosecuted in the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, combating human trafficking and abuse of children and family violence, and in 2012 helped establish and lead the Bexar County DA's Human Trafficking Unit. Melton also chaired the Alamo Area Coalition against Trafficking for several years. She has trained more than 15,000 people across the state on human trafficking and has testified on multiple occasions before the TX legislature on trafficking-related issues. Melton is also one of the founding members of Truckers Against Trafficking, a nationwide campaign dedicated to educating and mobilizing the trucking industry in the fight against human trafficking.
Chuck Paul, BCJ is a consultant, trainer, speaker, facilitator, private investigator, and advocate with over ten years of federal service and twelve years of Texas state service. Chuck began his lifetime of service as solider in the United States Army. He is a Desert Storm combat veteran. Chuck’s formal education includes a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Youth and Human Services Nonprofit Management.
Chuck Paul is familiar with international human trafficking as a former U.S. Customs Officer on the American southwest border. Chuck learned about domestic minor sex trafficking having served twelve years as a Texas Department of Family & Protective Services Special Investigator. In 2016 Chuck was awarded by the Texas Governor for his work in developing the state protocol for response to cases of children running away, or abducted, from foster care. Chuck is considered a leading subject matter expert in areas of domestic minor sex trafficking, commercial exploitation of juveniles, missing children recovery, and advanced child abuse investigations.
In 2016 Chuck Paul left public service to dedicate his time to the fast-growing issues related to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). In addition to providing his clients with training, group presentations, facilitation, consulting and coaching, Chuck also volunteers his time to non-profit organizations that are creating models that will provide comprehensive solutions for survivors of DMST. Chuck is dedicated to increasing public awareness and assisting non-profit, and government, organizations that are beginning to prioritize time and resources in address this rapidly growing issue of modern day slavery.
e. (photo unavailable) Special Agent David Klimek obtained a B.S. in Psychology (1993) from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and a M.A. in Human Sciences with a Concentration in Psychology (1997) from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. SA Klimek has prior experience working at psychiatric hospitals with mentally ill adolescents and adults. SA Klimek later worked with delinquent youth and dysfunctional families as a Juvenile Counselor/Probation Officer & Assistant Resource Coordinator before joining the FBI. SA Klimek is currently assigned to the Dallas Division’s Civil Rights Squad working federal Labor Trafficking matters pursuant to FBI Headquarters’ Labor Trafficking Initiative.
f. As a survivor leader, Rachel Fischer, BSN, RN is a pioneer in the fight against human trafficking. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and specializes in human trafficking research, rescue, and finding missing children. Rachel specializes in adult and pediatric forensic nursing has worked as an emergency department RN since 2012. Rachel began her speaking career in 2013 when she published her autobiography, Taking Back the Pen, and shared her story with various audiences. Rachel collaborates with several anti-trafficking agencies, both statewide and international to combat sex trafficking. Rachel has been to several countries doing research and undercover mission work to collect intelligence from pimps and trafficked victims and has undertaken several rescue operations in retrieval of trafficked victims, many of which have been children locally in Houston.