Human Trafficking Awareness Month Events In Miami (January 2015)


January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Miami is hopping with free events every week.  If you are interested in learning about human trafficking, it's a great time to get out and meet some phenomenal advocates that have shaped the movement here in the last seven years.

Below is a listing of all of the events.  (If I've missed any Miami-based events, please feel free to add in the comments)  

Contact the organizers directly for full speakers lists for the events, but here are a few of the names you will see presenting this month to pique your interest:

  • Special Agent Victor Williams - ICE/Homeland Security Investigations/SAC, Human Smuggling/Trafficking Group
  • Bonnie L Martin - Psychotherapist and national expert in addiction treatment with survivors of trafficking (NOTE: I just saw her present in DC and she's great!)
  • Dr. Jon Shaw - Supervising and Training Psychoanalyst, Florida Psychoanalytic Institute, Professor and Director Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Dr. Katariina Rosenblatt - Founder and President of There is H.O.P.E for Me, Survivor of Human Trafficking
  • Barbara A. Martinez - Chief Special Prosecutions, Human Trafficking and PSC Coordinator, SDFL, Miami U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Brenda Mezick - Assistant State Attorney, Human Trafficking Unit
  • Kimberly Grabert - Statewide Human Trafficking Prevention Director, Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Nilda Pedrosa - Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi
  • Sandy Skelaney - Social Venture Consultant and Chief Mastermind, Ignition Fund

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Inaugural International Women, Gender and Violence Conference
Sex Trafficking of Children presentation by Sandy Skelaney
Florida International University
MARC Pavilion (2nd floor)
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Registration is from 8 -8:30 a.m. on the 2nd floor
Hosted by: Florida International University 

Monday, Jan.  12, 2015

2nd Annual Malone Prize Awards Ceremony
Reception and Award Ceremony at 6:30pm
Early bird bonus screening of the film TRICKED at 5:00 pm
Miracle Theater280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
RSVP to or (305) 441-0506
(Established in 2013 to honor law enforcement officials who recognize prostitution as modern-day slavery and who work on the front lines of change.)

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic
Training for Healthcare Professionals, First Responders and Law Enforcement
University of Miami Student Center Complex - Ballroom
1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables
8:30am - 5:00pm; Registration 8am
Free. Breakfast and lunch included.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

4th Annual Human Trafficking Forum: 
Deconstructing Demand for Human Trafficking: Its Own Myths and Realities
University of Miami
Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables
RSVP to Barbara Pacheco at (305) 547-0749 |
Hosted by: State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and President of UM Donna Shalala

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Human Trafficking in Miami and Our Local Response Conference
University of Miami 
BankUnited Center Hurricane 100 Room
1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with complimentary breakfast
Hosted by: The Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Coalition and the University of Miami




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