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FGCU Presents Human Slavery Symposium Program, July 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 "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking - Identification and Response to the Victims" part of the Human Slavery Symposium Series II, 2009-10, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 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 founder and president of Shared Hope International and former U.S. Congresswoman Linda Smith. While still a member of the U.S. Congress, Smith traveled to Falkland Road in Mumbai, India. The hopeless faces of desperate woman and children forced into prostitution compelled her to found Shared Hope International (SHI).

To build momentum in the international anti-trafficking movement, Smith founded the War Against Trafficking Alliance (WATA) in January 2001. WATA coordinates both regional and international efforts necessary to combat sex trafficking. In February 2003, WATA co-sponsored a World Summit with the U.S. Department of State, which brought together non-government and government leaders from 114 nations, all demonstrating a sustained commitment to prosecuting trafficking, providing assistance to victims and building regional strategies to protect the vulnerable from the sex trade.

At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:
Understand the scope of the problem of child sex trafficking
Be equipped to identify the victims of domestic minor sex trafficking
Be aware of the next steps required in our response to the victims of domestic minor sex trafficking

Nursing, ARNP's, Clinical Nurse Specialists, 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.

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

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