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FGCU Presents Human Slavery Symposium Program, April 30

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 "Creating Victim-Centered Investigations: Promising Practices for Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Cases," part of the Human Slavery Symposium Series II, 2009-10, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 30 at the Sugden Welcome Center. The program is free and open to the public; registration and refreshments are from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

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. For registration information, visit

Presenter for this conference is Maria L. Martinez, victim specialist for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Washington, D.C., where she oversees the national human trafficking and child exploitation victim assistance programs. Martinez assists victims rescued by law enforcement with housing, emergency medical and mental health care, referrals to case management and legal services, and other social service needs.

In addition, Martinez provides victim assistance at the prosecutorial phase in child sex tourism investigations, policy guidance to agency leadership, and extensive training and case consultations to investigators and other criminal justice professionals in the U.S. and internationally.

She completed her undergraduate studies at Bucknell University in Penn., and has a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:
Describe the role of ICE and the ICE Victim Assistance Program in relation to human trafficking cases
Describe the collaborative nature of the investigation, prosecution, victim services for human trafficking victims
Describe at least three promising practices for victim-sensitive interview techniques
Describe the PROTECT Act/child sex tourism provisions and key considerations for assisting child/adolescent victims

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

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

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