The Manasseh Project Conference

REGISTRATION FOR THE MANASSEH CONFERENCE IS CLOSED DUE TO REACHING FULL CAPACITY.

FOR QUESTIONS EMAIL MANASSEH@WEDGWOOD.ORG. THANK YOU!

Services

The Manasseh Project of Wedgwood Christian Services invites you to attend the Manasseh Conference on January 26— 28, 2012. This conference is designed to equip law enforcement officials, social workers, counselors, psychologists, youth pastors and medical professionals to effectively identify, intervene and provide treatment for victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation. A number of presenters from various organizations including Polaris Project, the FBI, University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic, PROMISE, Arbor Circle and Wedgwood Christian Services will walk attendees through the challenges of combatting human trafficking in our community.

We believe you’ll leave with a broader understanding of the issue, action steps to take in your professional practice, and relationships with other professionals that will promote a community prepared to engage both the victim and perpetrator.

Due to cooperation between PROMISE and Dominican University’s Social of Social Work, we are pleased to provide 5 free CEUs to social workers who attend all 3 PROMISE breakout sessions (offered twice during the conference). These are the only sessions that have CEUs attached to them.

Cost: $40 if you register by 12/31/11, $50 after 1/1/12

All registration for the conference must be done prior to the event; registration will be closed and tickets will NOT be available for sale at the event.

Location: Kroc Center, 2500 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Registration
7:00 pm to 7:30 pm Welcome & Introduction
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm   KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Frank Massolini, Director of PROMISE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012

8:30 am to 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am to 9:20 am Welcome & Introduction
9:30 am to 11:00 am BREAKOUT ONE (select ONE of the following to attend)
  PROMISE Session 1: Understanding CSEC and its Impact, presented by PROMISE
  Johns, Buyers, & Consumers: Why Demand is Rising in the Marketplace of Exploitation, presented by Phil Harbison, Hope for the Voiceless
  Understanding Federal and State Trafficking Law, presented by Elizabeth Campbell, Staff Attorney, University of Michigan Human Trafficking Law Clinic
11:15 am to 12:15 pm BREAKOUT TWO (select ONE of the following to attend)
  PROMISE Session 2: Effective Service Delivery to CSEC Victims, presented by PROMISE
  Understanding Runaway Youth, presented by Arbor Circle
  Foreign-born Victims in the U.S.: Foster Care Treatment Options and Realities, presented by Bethany Christian Services
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm LUNCH (on your own)
1:15 pm to 2:00 pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Leslie King-Borrego, Founder, Sacred Beginnings
2:00 pm to 3:40 pm BREAKOUT THREE (select one of the following to attend)
  PROMISE Session 3: Victim Identification and Engagement, presented by PROMISE
  Internet Crimes Against Children and Child Pornography, presented by Jerry McCarthy, Internet Crimes Against Children
  Federal Human Trafficking Investigation and Techniques & Victim Advocacy, presented by Carmen Kucinich, FBI; and Sgt. Ed Price, MI State Police
4:00 pm to 5:15 pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Alden Pinkham, Polaris Project

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012

9:30 am to 11:00 am BREAKOUT ONE (select ONE of the following to attend)
  PROMISE Session 1: Understanding CSEC and its Impact, presented by PROMISE
  Johns, Buyers, & Consumers: Why Demand is Rising in the Marketplace of Exploitation, presented by Phil Harbison, Hope for the Voiceless
  Roots of Slavery, presented by Julie Slagter, Director of Michigan Abolitionist Project
11:15 am to 12:15 pm BREAKOUT TWO (select ONE of the following to attend)
  PROMISE Session 2: Effective Service Delivery to CSEC Victims, presented by PROMISE
  Organizational and Community Assessment, presented by Andy Soper, Manasseh Project Director, Wedgwood Christian Services; and Julie Slagter, Director of Michigan Abolitionist Project
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

LUNCH (on your own)

1:15 pm to 2:45 PM   BREAKOUT THREE (select one of the following to attend)
  PROMISE Session 3: Victim Identification and Engagement, presented by PROMISE
  Sexual Exploitation: Stop it before it starts, presented by Angel Rodriguez and Amy Endres-Bercher, Kent County Health Department
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Q & A: Andy Soper, Manasseh Project, Wedgwood Christian Services