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FGCU Presents Human Trafficking and Guatemala, Feb. 12; Second in the Human Slavery Symposium Series II, 2009-10

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Division of Justice Studies, in collaboration with Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs, and in partnership with Lee County Sheriff's Office, presents Human Trafficking and Guatemala, part of the Human Slavery Symposium Series II, 2009-10, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Sugden Welcome Center. The program is free and open to the public.

The Human Trafficking Symposium program is a series of free continuing education programs offering practical guidelines for practitioners and the public seeking an in-depth understanding of issues and actions related to human trafficking.

Presenter for this conference is Genelle Grant, project director for the GRACE (Guatemalan Rural Adult and Children’s Education)Project, which designs and delivers faculty development workshops in Spanish. She works with the Guatemalan Ministry of Education and the Rigoberta Menchu Foundation and has led workshops for over 600 educators in Huehuetenango, Chimaltenango, Solola and El Petan, Guatemala since 2006. As Educational Program Specialist for FGCU's College of Education, Grant coordinated the Migrant Educational Binational Teacher Exchange Program for educators from Mexico, directed migrant student art projects and directed the 2006 national conference, a "Human Trafficking: Identify, Rescue and Restore."

Grant received an Ed.D. in Health Communications, TV and Radio for Health Education from Boston University, an M.Ed. in Health Education at Plymouth State University, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology, with specialization in Art Therapy from Simmons College in Boston.

At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:
• Summarize the political, social and economic conditions in Guatemala over the past 40 years that have produced the Mayan diaspora;

• Differentiate between the Mayan, Latin American and Caribbean Spanish-speaking peoples, in terms of language, culture and assimilation in Florida;

• Describe current efforts to prevent human trafficking in Central America;

• Demonstrate effective treatments modalities for working with Mayan survivors of trafficking situations.

Nursing, ARNP's, Clinical Nurse Specialist, LPNs, CNAs, Florida Board of Nursing; and Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling, two contact hours provided by Florida Gulf Coast University, Division of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs, Provider #50-10604.

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For further information contact Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs at (239) 590-1095.

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