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Center for U.S. & Mexican Law to co-host seminar on human trafficking awareness

Jan. 9, 2020 - Professionals from several disciplines will discuss methods of counteracting human trafficking during an upcoming discussion at the University of Houston Law Center.

“Human Trafficking Training & Prevention” will begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 in room TUII 144, and is held in conjunction with National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

“With this event we aim at expanding our human trafficking awareness efforts including a more participative approach from audiences after survivors’ testimonials. Besides training and transmitting knowledge and information about this scourge, we would like to have afterwards feedback about the direct result of having such discussions,” said Alfonso López de la Osa Escribano, Director for the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law.  

“By doing that, we seek at creating a communication channel with attendees so that they realize how critical their help is, not only in preventing human trafficking from growing, but also in stopping it. Partnership is key to fight this hidden crime.”

The workshop will include personal testimonies from survivors of human trafficking, definitions, warning signs, care techniques, preventative measures and how to properly report human trafficking.

Speakers include:

  • Pablo Pinto, Director of the Center for Public Policy at the Hobby School of Public Affairs,
  • Alicia Kerber-Palma, Consul General of Mexico in Houston
  • Kimberly Williams, Human Trafficking Project Coordinator at CHI Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
  • Alfonso López de la Osa Escribano, Director for the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law

Attendees will also hear from two women who were victims of human trafficking.

The Law Center's Center for U.S. and Mexican Law will co-host the event with additional sponsors that include: CHI St. Luke's Health, coordinator of the Houston Area Human Trafficking Health Care Consortium; Houston's Consulate General of Mexico and the University of Houston's College of Nursing, College of Medicine, Graduate College of Social Work, and Hobby School of Public Affairs.

The same sponsors will organize a talk on April 17 at the University of Houston at Sugar Land’s College of Nursing during the Annual Spring Forum for Students and healthcare community, before the start of National Nurses Week in May.

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