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9:00-9:30 check-in get seated etc…, introduction
9:30-10:15 Keynote from Emily Pasnak-Lapchick, End Trafficking Program Officer at U.S. Fund for UNICEF
10:15-11:00 Performance by The Arts Effect
11:30-12:15 Workshop round 1
12:15-1:00 Chipotle Lunch
1:00-1:45 Workshops Round 2
1:45-2:45 Panel conversation led by workshop leaders
2:45-3:00 Closing Remarks
About the Conference
The second annual Human Trafficking Conference for High School students will be held at Poly Prep Upper School in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, on February 7th, 2016. Last fall, Convent of the Sacred Heart School in Manhattan hosted the first Human Trafficking Conference, through an initiative created by a group of bold and committed CSHS student activists. This event focused mainly on the effects of Sex Trafficking within the United States, and speakers included anti-trafficking activists such as Rachel Lloyd, founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Service; Sister Joan Dawber, founder of LifeWay; Laura Riso, New York City FBI Special Victims Specialist; and Lara Land, founder of Land Yoga, who helps rehabilitate trafficking victims and support at risk youth in India and New York City. Also, a powerful and thought-provoking play performed by New York City high school students from Arts Effect NYC, was featured at the conference.
This year Poly’s student-run planning committee has broadened the conference scope to include both sex and labor trafficking. The format will include a keynote speakers, a series of topic-specific workshops led by activists in the field, and a panel discussion. With this conference we strive to bring more awareness of Sex and Labor trafficking within the U.S., and demonstrate how many are unwittingly participating in the global multi-billion dollar human trafficking industry. By calling attention to the prevalence and deleterious impact of human trafficking, we hope to inspire young people take up this cause and become activists in their communities. We will have the honor of hearing keynote speaker Emily Lapchick of UNICEF’s End Trafficking Project, and workshops led by such formidable anti-trafficking advocates as Lauren Burke, recognized in 2012 by Forbes’ “30 under 30” list for her work in child labor trafficking prevention. This conference provides a unique and interactive learning experience for students who will not only learn from activists who are currently working in the field, but also alongside their own peers from all five boroughs of New York City. All New York City high school students are eligible to attend, and if interested, should fill out the registration form.
Who We Are
We are a group of student activists from Poly Prep Country Day School who were inspired by a conference we attended last year at Convent of the Sacred Heart about human trafficking, We are dedicated to ending the issues of human trafficking, domestic and abroad.