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January 21, 2014 > Panel to discuss forced labor human trafficking

Panel to discuss forced labor human trafficking

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa

According to estimates in the 2013 Trafficking in Person report to Congress, as many as 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States every year; and 100,000 children who are U.S. citizens are trafficked within the United States. Most of the reporting calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline come from California. It is believed that the majority of the cases in Santa Clara County are related to forced labor.

In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the County of Santa Clara Office of WomenÕs Policy, in partnership with the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, and the YWCA, will host a panel on Forced Labor Human Trafficking in Santa Clara County and the South Bay.

The event is free and open to community leaders, victim service providers, attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and concerned residents. Due to space limitations, registration for this free, public event is encouraged, but not required.

Welcome and Opening remarks:
Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, District 2
U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, 19th District
Sarah Balabagan Sereno, Human Trafficking Survivor

Perla Flores, Division Director, Community Solutions
Lynette Parker, Associate Clinical Professor, Santa Clara University
Jennifer Chelf, Special Agent, FBI, San Jose Division
Ruth Silver Taube, Supervising Attorney, WorkersÕ Rights Clinic, Santa Clara University
Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Director, Office of WomenÕs Policy, Moderator

Human Trafficking Panel
Thursday, Jan 23
3 p.m. Ð 5 p.m.
County Government Center
Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium
70 West Hedding St, San Jose
(408) 299-5119
Register at

Free Parking is available in the ÒCÓ lot, across from County building, at First and Hedding Streets.
Two MCLE Credits will be offered

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