A live free Zoom web presentation on Human Trafficking. Enrollment limited to 100 attendees
What is Human Trafficking and How Does it Affect Our Communities?
The journey of a human trafficking victim begins long before he or she is rescued. In almost every case, it starts long before the abuse or trafficking began. Human trafficking is the result of years - sometimes generations - of vulnerabilities that have been unnoticed, unaddressed, unreported, or under-resourced.
In most cases, a person who has been trafficked lived a life with compounding vulnerabilities such as: trauma, abuse, neglect, disability, violence, family breakdown, homelessness, poverty or, more than likely, a combination of several factors. All it takes is for someone to maliciously exploit the vulnerabilities and start the trafficking process.
Hope Unlimited, is involved in building public awareness through outreach and education. Their ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative’ is focused on partnering with the community, reaching out to parents, and offering free seminars to area organizations and schools. Locally led, Hope Unlimited uses knowledgeable, trained presenters, including a former local trafficking expert and a former educator, to present to interested groups. All these services are free and can be customized to fit the needs of your organization or group. We plan on starting with HT level 101 which we will be Zoom based free to public on April 29, 2021 at 7:00 PM and will continue the series using virtual media. Enrollment is limited to 100 attendees.
The Human Trafficking and other educational programs are sponsored by the Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation (CLESF) and Hope Unlimited nonprofit charitable organizations.
Short bios of Human Trafficking presenters - Norma and Lynda.
Lynda Buehring retired in 2015 as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security after 32 years of federal service. She had oversight of the Human Trafficking Unit in Seattle serving as the primary trainer for law enforcement and service personnel in human trafficking in a 4-state region. Ms. Buehring has obtained her certification to teach the topic of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children conferred by the State of Washington and is also certified to teach the iEmpathize program to youth 12 and up that serves to keep young people from being trafficked. She is currently the Training Director for Hope Unlimited (hopeunl.org) focusing on outreach, prevention, and education for youth.
Dr. Norma Mouton is the past president of the Stanwood-Camano Branch of the American Association of University Women. In that capacity she initiated a focus on human trafficking. Norma has attended national conferences on human trafficking. She is a member of the Snohomish County Task Force on human trafficking, and she has been certified to teach on the topic of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children by the State of Washington. She is also certified to teach the iEmpathize program to children 12 and up as a method for preventing children’s involvement in human trafficking. She is currently the Administrative Director for Hope Unlimited (hopeunl.org).