8:00am-9:00am:  Registration & Networking

9:00am-10:10am: Morning Plenary

  • "History, Human Rights and the Power of One" - Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. 
    Take a living history journey with a direct descendant of two of America's greatest heroes. Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is the great great great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great great grandson of Booker T. Washington. Ken will give a dynamic and inspirational presentation about the history of his famous family, the pressure he felt growing up in the shadow of his esteemed ancestors, and his work today fighting against modern slavery as President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

10:20am-11:50am: Workshops

  • "Be the Bridge: The Path to Racial Reconciliation" - Latasha Morrison
    This interactive workshop will offer a variety of methods, including offering frameworks, guided visualization, and small group discussions, to give participants a chance to imagine how we can shift our perspective on racial injustice and move toward reconciliation through intercultural relationship building. We will create a space for community partners to engage in meaningful conversations around racial justice.

  • "Native American Issues in Sexual Assault and Trafficking" - Matt Atkinson
    This workshop will examine the role of sexual violence against Native American women in colonization and oppression through history, and how cultural perspectives among Indian people help inform intervention and trauma recovery efforts. The unique status of tribal lands as sovereign nations, as well as the rural and remote geography of many tribal lands, makes tribal lands especially significant in efforts to address human trafficking and sexual assault crisis services. The goal of this workshop will be to help participants understand myths and realities about Native cultures, and how cultural practices can be applied to anti-trafficking efforts and individual trauma recovery experiences.

  • "Equity and Access: Understanding the Hidden Social Barriers" - Laura Gómez-Horton, LCSW & Dr. DeAnna Harris-McKoy
    This workshop guides participants through an honest discussion and assessment of the barriers that exist within an organization that inhibit equity and access and how individuals contribute to the continuation of these barriers. Participants will begin to develop ideas around addressing the barriers and integrating social equity as part of the organizational culture. Objectives: 1) to assess organizational access, participants will examine who is providing direct services, who makes decisions, and what systemic issues complicate access; 2) to assess from an individual’s perspective: participants will examine social privilege, what drew them to this work, and the impact of micro-aggressions.

  • "The Human Trafficking Network: Investigations and Collaborations" - Laramie Gorbett & Alex Perotti **
    This workshop will explore the dynamics of human trafficking by examining human trafficking networks, the trafficking process, and the effects of trauma on victims. We will draw  upon examples from professional experience working with multiagency, international counter human trafficking task forces, and providing direct services to domestic and international victims. We will explore the importance of knowing your role in the system and opportunities for collaboration to combat human trafficking at the local, state, national and international level.
    **This session has criminal justice specific content, though it is open to all attendees.
  • "Why Does Race Matter?" - Sheila Craig & Ashley Harris
    In this presentation, we will unpack how vulnerable communities and individuals are created by not addressing inequities in our child welfare system. We will also explore how race matters in developing a systemic approach to ending human trafficking and exploitation by using the Texas Model, a framework for equity.

12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunch On Your Own

1:30pm-2:30pm: Afternoon Plenary

  • "Who Wants to be a Victim?" - Tina Frundt
    This session will address how words matter when talking about sex trafficking, especially to those who are walking through it.

2:40pm-4:10pm: Workshops

  • "The Cycle of Resiliency: Transcending Trauma through Radical Leadership" - Laura Shook
    In recent years, science has shed a vast amount of light on the impact, the symptoms and the aftermath of trauma, whether situational, complex or chronic. The devastation and crippling effects on the individual, the families, the communities and our global world is well documented and unchallenged. This “cycle of violence” is a daunting and formidable foe. Yet, what about those that appear to transcend the odds? What about those who go on to move mountains and lead movements? What about those that we often call “Resilient”? Join Laura Shook Guzman, Somatic Psychotherapist, in this interactive discussion regarding the emerging science and psychological research that is zeroing in on the trait of resiliency and the role it plays in shaping the leaders of today’s world. She will reveal 5 distinguishing characteristics that appear to be contributing to a new cyclical pattern, The Cycle of Resiliency. Through inspiring examples of current and historical survivor leadership, Laura will share the new pathways and possibilities these leaders are mirroring for those they lead and how they are demonstrating a radical way to face our old foe…thwarting violence with a cycle driven by empowerment, purpose and deep self love.
  • "Transformational Leadership Development for Sex Trafficking Survivors" - Kyle Miller, LPC
    In the past few years, one of the most redemptive stories from survivors of sex trafficking in the USA and around the world is how some survivors go beyond healing from their trauma and become the most effective leaders and workers that reach current trafficking victims. For those of us that care for and serve trafficking victims, survivors, and their workers, we must identify and implement the crucial steps of personal healing and life transformation and so that these women can join our teams and start their own.  Some of these survivors will hear the call to continue their transformation to become workers themselves, and we need to know how to support them so that they can come alongside us in this ‘impossible mission.’ From Kyle’s experience as a grace and truth Jesus counselor and trainer and a mentor to numerous survivor leaders in Austin, Europe, Africa, and Asia, this workshop will cast this vision, explain these steps, share testimonies, and provide resources to help participants return from the Summit to their settings and disciple these women through their transformation process. Finally, this can be seen in 2 Corinthians 1:2-5, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
  • "Survivors as Leaders: Foreign National Survivor Mentorship" - Refugee Services of Texas
    In the first of its kind program, Refugee Services of Texas recently launched a survivor-led mentorship model working exclusively with foreign-born survivors of trafficking. Corinna Jay, of Refugee Services of Texas, Laurie Cook-Heffron, of the University of Texas at Austin, and three survivor mentors will present on the development of the survivor mentor program, including the recognized need, background research and implementation, the strengths of the program and what the future looks like for the mentorship program. The presentation is in English and Spanish. Please be mindful the mentors on the panel are survivors and have requested no photos or videos to be taken.
  • "Responses to DMST that Support Survivor Leadership" - Tina Frundt, Brooke Axtell & Elizabeth Gaines

4:15pm-5:00pm: Dialogue

  • "What is Survivor Leadership?" - Brooke Axtell, Tina Frundt & Kenneth Morris, Jr.

5:00pm-5:15pm: Closing Remarks and Adjourn

saturday, APRIL 23

8:00am-8:45am: Registration & Networking

8:45am-9:50am: Morning Plenary

  • "Real Progress in the Fight Against Modern Slavery" - Bradley Myles
    During this session, Bradley Myles, the CEO of Polaris, will provide an overview of some of the major accomplishments of the anti-trafficking movement over the past decade, reflecting on his experience in the field since 2002.  Mr. Myles will also summarize promising developments on a national scale that represent real progress in the right against modern slavery.  Mr. Myles will articulate a roadmap for the future of the anti-trafficking movement, including key milestones and areas where the field still needs to develop to achieve scalable impact and lasting systemic change. 

9:50am-10:30am: Dialogue

  • "The Role of Technology in the Movement to End Modern Slavery" - Bradley Myles, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Kristin Boorse & Lisa Mercer
    There are increasingly few areas or issues in society and culture that aren't impacted by the ubiquitous nature of technology. Human trafficking is no different. From traffickers' use of the internet and other tools to exploit victims to the demand for cheap goods and the perceived anonymity of sex buyers, technology has in many ways fueled the rise of human trafficking around the world. Yet innovative technologies are also being leveraged to fight and stop human trafficking. From big data and financial networks to supply chain insights and consumer apps, it is clear that technology will shape the future of the movement. This dialogue will explore these ideas with panelists who are the leaders behind some of the leading technology being used to combat trafficking today.

10:40am-11:20pm: Solution Showcases, Round #1

  • "Somatic Experiencing: A Psychobiological Approach to Trauma Resolution" - Sue Snyder Pederson, LCSW SEP
    An overview of Somatic Experiencing, a psychobiological approach which provides a method of resolving trauma.  This presentation contains a discussion of the states of fight, flight, and freeze.  These states may become stuck when a person is overwhelmed by the power/threat of another person or circumstance.  Presentation includes a discussion of the threat response, how that responses may be resolved with a gentle approach of guiding a person to increase their tolerance of difficult sensations within the body and of suppressed emotions.  An understanding that Somatic Experiencing does not require people to re-live or retell the experience is explained.  Instead, the SE facilitates the release of bound survival energy so that people do not have to be locked into anxiety and rage or depression.  Some clinical tools will be discussed and some experiential techniques for self-regulation of the nervous system will be introduced and practiced.

  • "The Slave-Free City Network: A New Framework For Ending Slavery in Our Cities" - John Nehme
    Are we getting closer to ending modern slavery? There are many organizations and individuals doing excellent work to address human trafficking today, yet few models can answer the question above. Even fewer can prove it. Drawing from best practices in collaborative problem solving and systems change theory, and grounded in the implementation of the Slave-Free City Network in Austin, Tx, this solution showcase will introduce a new vision for how cross-sector stakeholders might coordinate their actions to create true, sustainable and measurable place-based impact. Attendees will be introduced to a framework for developing a holistic continuum of solutions, examine a case study in short-term process outcomes and leave with tools and a roadmap for collaborative leadership.

  • "Faith in the Fight Against Human Trafficking" - Cathy White & Fiona McInally, Women of Vision
    Faith communities large and small often struggle to meaningfully engage and combat Human Trafficking.  Cathy White and Fiona McInally, members of Women of Vision Austin, a volunteer ministry of World Vision, discuss how to discern where God is leading your faith community as well as practical ideas: ideal Bible/book studies to use, small group activism, and innovative programs like Open Table. When we follow God’s lead, together we can persevere in bringing light and hope and help create a movement of transformational change.

  • "How to Reach Children Before Traffickers Do: Engaging Youth and Communities in Effective Prevention Education" - Carolina Fuentes
    A response that has been gaining more attention in the past several years involves prevention education with youth and the adults that interact with them on a daily basis. In fact, identifying what constitutes effective prevention and effective implementation of such programs is a growing aspect of the anti-human trafficking field in the U.S. and a critical component for effectively addressing this issue. Professionals involved in work with at-risk youth do not need to be human trafficking experts in order to actively engage in preventive work with the populations they serve. Human trafficking prevention starts by understanding the essence of what it means to be vulnerable and how various life experiences, including abuse and traumatic events, can increase vulnerability for re-victimization and exploitation and/or prevent victims and survivors from disclosing and accessing appropriate support and services. The focus of this workshop will be on best practices in the field of prevention education and the opportunities that professionals from different fields have to prevent, identify and make appropriate referrals. The Love146 curriculum, Not a #Number, will be showcased as an effective tool for engaging youth in prevention education in schools, child welfare, juvenile justice and other community settings.

  • "The Role of Policy in the Anti-Trafficking Movement" - Nathaniel Erb

    Human Trafficking is a case of vulnerability yet, as advocates, much of our public focus has been on the act of trafficking rather than the circumstances leading to that vulnerability. As well, too often public policy is seen as off limits to the average person and a place where we are most divided — when it could be the best place to unite. As a lobbyist, Nathaniel Erb authored the first law providing easier college access to victims of human trafficking and has assisted in/led efforts on legislation at the state, local, and federal level. Are we any closer to ending human trafficking through the new laws we write each year or are we getting blinded by the small piece of the issue we can see? In this session, Nathaniel will discuss his decision to serve as a tool for experts and stakeholders in drafting laws around the issue of human trafficking and how that has been one of the best methods of bringing communities together to solve problems. Learn how everyone can be a voice for change as Nathaniel discusses his perspective on the evolution of human trafficking policy from his role covering that and a diverse range of issues, such as criminal justice reform, heath care, and election law. He hopes you come away with knowledge on solutions policy can provide but more importantly that you see the tangibility of change.

  • **"Leveraging Cognitive Computing Analytics to Combat Human Trafficking" - Kristin Boorse
    There are more than 150,000 escort ads posted every day in this country. Somewhere in that pile of data are children who are bought and sold online for sex. Spotlight takes this massive amount of data and turns it into an asset for law enforcement. Spotlight helps prioritize leads by leveraging machine learning algorithms and utilizes link analysis tools show connections of disparate data sources which helps officers understand the historical and geographical reach of a victim’s trafficking situation.  See how Spotlight is used during the investigation process to reduce human trafficking investigation time by 42% and increases the number of victims who are identified and connected to services. 
    **This session has criminal justice specific content, though it is open to all attendees.

11:20am-12:00pm: Solution Showcases, Round #2

  • "Somatic Experiencing: A Psychobiological Approach to Trauma Resolution" - Sue Snyder Pederson, LCSW SEP
    An overview of Somatic Experiencing, a psychobiological approach which provides a method of resolving trauma.  This presentation contains a discussion of the states of fight, flight, and freeze.  These states may become stuck when a person is overwhelmed by the power/threat of another person or circumstance.  Presentation includes a discussion of the threat response, how that responses may be resolved with a gentle approach of guiding a person to increase their tolerance of difficult sensations within the body and of suppressed emotions.  An understanding that Somatic Experiencing does not require people to re-live or retell the experience is explained.  Instead, the SE facilitates the release of bound survival energy so that people do not have to be locked into anxiety and rage or depression.  Some clinical tools will be discussed and some experiential techniques for self-regulation of the nervous system will be introduced and practiced.
  • "Disrupting Demand: No Buyer, No Business" - Todd J. Latiolais
    The sex trafficking marketplace is driven by demand; buyers are fueling exploitation and creating profit for pimps and traffickers. Through the CEASE Network (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation), multi-stakeholder teams in Houston and North Texas are working with nine other pioneering communities across the country to develop, test, and share strategies to deter sex buyers. This Solution Showcase will highlight learnings and innovative techniques for addressing demand. Key topics include research, law enforcement responses, public policy, community action, and the importance of leveraging technology.
  • "The Trafficking-Free Community" - Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.
    Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives believes the best way to help victims of human trafficking is to insure they never become victims in the first place.  Trafficking-Free Community is a prevention education program designed to reduce the vulnerability of children to sex and labor trafficking through a combination of classroom curricula, educator training and the coordination of community resources.

  • "When the Tip of the Iceberg Isn't Enough: Looking Below the Surface" -  Bruce Kellison & Matt Kammer-Kerwick
    Think Texas is a “hub” for human trafficking? Want the data to prove it? It is often claimed that human trafficking is widespread in Texas, yet the true scope of this hidden crime is largely unknown. Join researchers from the Texas Slavery Mapping Project, a two-year initiative funded by the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor, for an exclusive presentation about the groundbreaking statewide research at the forefront of changing how we think about and collect human trafficking data. Researchers will provide insight into ongoing data collection activities**, challenges with collecting baseline data in the current environment, and the evolving methodology to determine scope and economic impact of human trafficking in Texas. This workshop will equip participants with practical tools for improving data collection, leaving you feeling empowered to contribute to the evolving methodology to understanding human trafficking in Texas. The research is a collaborative effort by The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault and Bureau of Business Research, in conjunction with Allies Against Slavery. 
    **Preliminary research findings will not be discussed since research activities are ongoing.

  • "Local Solutions that are Far Reaching: Effecting Systems Change in Houston through the Mayor’s Office" - Minal Patel Davis
    Houston, Texas is determined to emerge as a model for innovative, municipal solutions to human trafficking. The Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking, appointed in June of 2015 and currently serving under Mayor Sylvester Turner, will present on the development and implementation of the City’s strategic plan to intervene in and prevent trafficking in Houston. During this seminar open to all skill levels, attendees will learn how the Special Advisor leverages her position within the City of Houston, Mayor’s Office to effect local-level systems change both within the City of Houston and through collaborative work with a multi-disciplinary network of stakeholders. Because the Special Advisor works for the City of Houston, whose departments range from the Houston Airport System to the Houston Health Department, her strategic plan cuts across multiple issues, which allows her to comprehensively institutionalize anti-human trafficking efforts. Attendees will learn the specific strategies the Special Advisor is adopting to: 1) institutionalize the City of Houston’s response to human trafficking; 2) raise awareness and change public perception; 3) coordinate victim services and engage in direct outreach; 4) implement initiatives of the Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking; and 5) establish Houston as the national municipal model for anti-human trafficking efforts.

  • "Underdogs: Unlikely Champions in the Fight Against Exploitation" - Jay Atlas
    A look at how remarkably average individuals can impact their community. The talk will include stories from the road, intervention experiences, and the impact we've had in different communities through Worthwhile>>Go.

12:10pm-12:45pm: Dialogue

  • "Cities & Modern Slavery: How the Design & Dynamics of Cities Can Reduce Vulnerabilities, Increase Opportunities and Promote Greater Flourishing" - John Nehme, Richard Tagle & Zoe Schlag
    Today, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. The UN claims that the number of people living in cities will double by 2050. In the US, more than 80 percent of people already call a city their home. Cities are increasingly hubs of social innovation and influence, where ideas, policies, and products that shape the broader culture are first born. In that respect, you could argue that as cities go, so goes the world. The growing importance of cities, along with recent urban design movements such as "Smart Cities" and "Walkable Cities", poses some questions this panel will explore. How do we design cities that create the greatest human flourishing? What if the cities of the future were deeply and comprehensively committed to freedom? What if they were places of refuge, where traffickers couldn’t operate and where survivors of slavery could access all they need to truly heal? This dialogue will help attendees think about ways to build public-private partnerships, engage in community development work, strengthen civic institutions and other actions that ultimately affect human trafficking in their cities.

12:45pm-1:00pm: Closing Remarks and Adjourn