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The Journey- Stories of Crisis and Hope

The Journey- Stories of Crisis and Hope

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August 16th 2016:Hidden in Plain Sight: Understanding Human Trafficking and What a Community Needs to Do to End This Form of Modern-Day Slavery

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime. How did human trafficking become so pervasive and what do we need to do to help impact this crime? This show will provide perspectives from victim advocates and investigative experts discussing what is human trafficking, why it is a hidden crime and the collaborative community efforts needed to he

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Amy Fleischauer, LMSW

Amy Fleischauer is the Director of Survivor Support Services at the International Institute of Buffalo and supervises a team of case managers and advocates working with survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She has a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and a certificate in Trauma Counseling from the University of Buffalo. Ms. Fleischauer has served as the co-facilitator of the Western District of New York’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force, serves as the Quality Support Specialist for the USCRI Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, and provides training and technical assistance for nearly 200 organizations administering direct care to foreign-born survivors
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Tara Hughes, LCSW-R

Tara Hughes is the Project Director for Trafficked Youth at the International Institute of Buffalo. She provides training for all local professionals involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems while also supervising direct intensive case management for identified survivors. She has worked in the mental health field with families and children in crisis in many different capacities for the last 26 years, with a focus on trauma, interpersonal and community violence and has worked with multiple Crisis Intervention programs in schools, agencies and communities. Ms. Huges specializes in work with youth and adults dealing with Posttraumatic Stress reactions, with an emphasis on P
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James Spero

Mr. Spero is currently the Special Agent in Charge at U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and responsible for the Buffalo, New York area. He has direct oversight of all immigration and customs related investigations within the northern and western districts of New York. Mr. Spero supervises over 160 law enforcement officers and support personnel in Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, Massena, and Rouses Point. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Spero was the Deputy Assistant Director of the ICE Transnational Crime and Public Safety Division. In this position he had programmatic and operational oversight of the human smuggling and trafficking, immigration identity and benefit fraud, worksite enforcemen
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