October Training Opportunities and Lectures

Anti-Human Trafficking Full Day Training

On Saturday October 20th, 2018, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, there will be a free full-day conference in Norwalk, IA. Garden Gate Ranch is hosting the anti-human trafficking training event. Presenters/Topics will include:

  • Chief David Lorenzen – DOT – The issue in Iowa, law enforcement perspective, Truckers Against Trafficking
  • Terry Forliti – Survivor experience, how she’s helping survivors today
  • Pastor Christian Shields – Pornography and the brain, gateway impacts, available support
  • Ruth Buckels – Why children are so vulnerable to traffickers

Lunch will be provided, but to attend you must register for the event on eventbrite.com.

Eyes Wide Open Conference

Elizabeth Smart to Speak

Dr. George Belitsos and Elizabeth SmartClick here for a flyer for the October 5th presentation by Elizabeth Smart in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery is one of the cosponsors. Please help us to promote this event. Her talk will be preceded by a Safety Awareness Resource Fair from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. The NAHT will have an information booth at the resource fair.

Pictured is Dr. George, chair of the Network Against Human Trafficking Board, with Elizabeth Smart, sex trafficking survivor. Elizabeth spoke about her 9 month ordeal after being kidnapped from her own family home at age 14.

Hotel/Motel “Train the Trainers” Call for Volunteers

hotel-motel-trainingThe Central Iowa Hotel/Motel Project has put out a call for volunteers to participate in a three hour “Train the Trainers” seminar. The training will take place in Des Moines on Thursday, October 25th, at Plymouth Congregational Church from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. The address of the church is 4126 Ingersoll Avenue. Refreshments and food will be available at 6:00 PM. Network Board member Shirlee Reding chairs the Central Iowa Hotel/Motel Project Steering Committee, and if you would like to participate, contact her at shirlee421@gmail.com. Each participant will receive an 80 page, three ring notebook (see photo of cover) plus materials to utilize at each hotel/motel training. Newly trained volunteers must each commit to training at least three hotels or motels. Trainers are joined by ambassadors who form a team to contact and train each hotel/motel. This is the third training session held in Central Iowa. Over three hundred employees have already been trained in over 50 hotels/motels.

There were well attended Hotel/Motel “Train the Trainer” workshops in Eastern Iowa on September 6th and in Western Iowa on September 20th. Thanks to the two regional anti-trafficking coalitions for successfully kicking off their Hotel/Motel Employee Training Projects last month. The Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking went the extra mile by organizing the mayors of Sioux City, Iowa, South Sioux City, Nebraska, North Sioux City, South Dakota, and Sergeant Bluff, Iowa to hold a press conference giving their support to the Hotel/Motel Project.

Large Drop in Online Sex Advertisements

The number of sex ads online has seen a large drop. This is a very good thing, but the drop may have some unintended consequences. It’s important that all advocates against human trafficking read this article: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/24/the-associated-press-side-effect-of-trafficking-law-more-street-prostitution.html

Hosea’s Heart Anti-Human Trafficking Speaker

Guest speaker Mary Kate Martin will be presenting on October 5, 2018, in Dubuque, Iowa at Loras College Ballrooms in the Alumni Campus Center from 6-8 p.m. There will be a discussion, Fair Trade Items for sale, and the testimony of a woman who is battling a system which is promoting the sexual exploitation of children, girls and women spanning across generations. For more information, contact caitlin.brennan@loras.edu.

New NAHT Brochure

The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery has a new brochure. Among other updates, the contact information for the new Human Trafficking Coordinator has been updated. You can see a thumbnail below, or to see the full brochure by NAHT Brochure.

Ex-Senator Sentenced 15 Years for Child Sex Trafficking