Breakout Sessions

Texas A&M-San Antonio Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
January 23, 2021
8 am to 4 pm

Breakout session overview:

Breakout sessions will happen simultaneously, and students will be able to select which they’d like to attend.

12:35 - 1:35 pm

Pathways to Relational Health and Safety
TAMUSA UPD and Counseling Center, Catherine E. Love-Washington, LPC-S, NCC and Officer Karen Tucker-Engel, CA, CCPS. Designed to help participants consider personal and interpersonal health. This session is formatted to explore topics including but not limited to self-awareness; healthy relationship characteristics; how to recognize abuse; and strategies for safety.
Presenter: Catherine Love

The Truth: Domestic & Sexual Violence and Trafficking Survivor Story
Rape Crisis Center. COVID-19 pandemic resulted in quarantine and stay-at-home orders, yet some continued “swiping right” to find a soulmate, partner, or friend. Others may have been forced to live and stay with their abuser. Even amidst a health pandemic, the violent crimes of sexual abuse and domestic violence never halted. The Truth: Domestic & Sexual Violence is a break out session that will discuss sexual assault, date rape, domestic violence, stalking, and the intersectionality between the two terms. Karla Solomon, a local survivor, is partnering with the Rape Crisis Center in sharing her story of sexual exploitation and victimization through trafficking and her rescue.
Presenter: Jasmine Chavira

Survivor Story: Lisa Luce

1:40 - 2:40 pm

Human Trafficking and Victim Services
Immigration Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, (ICE HSI). Victim Assistance Specialist, Helen Mireles, Ph.D., LMSW, will provide a presentation on the federal definition for human trafficking, the differences between human smuggling and human trafficking, the myths associated with human trafficking victims, trafficking indicators, Immigration relief options, and the victim-centered approach utilized by ICE HSI.
Presenters: Helen Mireles and Normal Lacy

The Link Between Human Trafficking and the Commercialization of Sex and Women
Societal attitudes around the commercialization of sex and women are often a driving force behind human trafficking. Historically, women have been treated as property, thus objects to be consumed, not valued, seen, and treated with dignity. Come and learn how you can become an advocate for equitable treatment of yourself and others.

Pathways to Relational Health and Safety
TAMUSA UPD and Counseling Center, Catherine E. Love-Washington, LPC-S, NCC, and Officer Karen Tucker-Engel, CA, CCPS. Designed to help participants consider personal and interpersonal health. This session is formatted to explore topics including but not limited to self-awareness; healthy relationship characteristics; how to recognize abuse; and strategies for safety.
Presenter: Catherine Love

2:45 - 3:45 pm

Survivor Story Lisa Luce
Lisa Luce is sharing her survival of trafficking at the age of 12 to becoming a madame herself. She is sharing how she changed her life and ministers with her husband through music and prison ministry. 

Players & the Game: What You Need to Know
Roy Maas, “Players and the Game” presented by Chuck Paul will provide training on the real world of trafficking. It will give participants the knowledge they need to recognize trafficking language, business model, and methods of selecting victims.

Motion of Self Defense
American Kenpo Karate is a hybrid of martial arts created by Ed Barker. Ramiro is discussing the importance of and how motion is applied to self defense. He will be demonstrating the principles of motion in self defense.