Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Waterford, Michigan - Apr 27, 2016 - The training session is being held from 5-7 PM (with doors opening at 4:30 PM). The event is free to the public. Amy Allen, Victim Specialist from -ICE HSI will join with Michael J. Ball, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Group Supervisor and representatives from the Detroit/Transnational Crimes Task Force (TCFF).
Together they will provide a training session explaining the methods and techniques employed by traffickers and human smugglers. Ms. Allen’s presentation will focus on victim assistance and advocacy. She will share her field experience with working with the victims of human trafficking and discuss the reality of human trafficking in the State of Michigan. Attending with Ms. Allen will be a local victim of a recently prosecuted human trafficking case who will tell her personal story.
“It is our hope that people will take the time to learn how to spot human trafficking abuses from the experts. Human trafficking is one of the most profitable criminal activities on the planet.”
Allen stresses the need for victim advocacy and greater public awareness on this issue. “So many of our investigations begin with identifying victims, which is why a key component of our work involves HSI’s victim-centered approach to these cases,” said Allen. “It’s critical that we work closely with victims, helping them obtain necessary support services and immigration benefits so they are able to move on with their lives and potentially participate in the prosecution of their trafficker.”
“The public will benefit in hearing from an authoritative expert on this subject,” said Lori Blaker, President of the Metro Detroit Chapter of the USNC-UN Women, and CEO/President of TTi Global. “It is our hope that people will take the time to learn how to spot human trafficking abuses from the experts. Human trafficking is one of the most profitable criminal activities on the planet. It is a $150 billion annual industry. The cost of human suffering is staggering.”
The event is free to the public, however a suggested donation of $10 is welcomed. Space is limited. Please reserve in advance on-line at: http://nimby.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling 248-417-6725.
The Oakland County Conference Center is located at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg. 41 West in Waterford. This event is being sponsored in part by, TTi Global, Oakland County Conference Center, Plus One Meetings and UptownPR.
Human trafficking investigations often result from a tip from the general public. HSI encourages the public to report suspicious activity by calling its toll-free number: 1-866-347-2423. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199.
About the Metro Detroit Chapter of the US National Committee of UN Women
The Metro Detroit Chapter of the US National Committee of UN Women supports the efforts of The US National Committee through advocacy, education and fundraising. The US National Committee (USNC) for UN Women is an independent non-profit, 501c3 organization that supports the mission of UN Women and social, political, and economic equality for women and girls around the world.
The group hosts various events throughout the year and advocates for global women’s issues and UN Women in communities around the country. The group also works to support legislation on global women’s issues, especially on leadership, economic participation and ending violence against women.
Members and supporters are men, women, and children in cities around the country who give their time and resources to support a world where women of all ages have access to education and employment opportunities, and sustainable livelihoods that enable them to live free of gender-based violence. Source :