How we can Curb Human Trafficking in NYC w/Rachel Lloyd from GEMS, 12/9

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How we can Curb Human Trafficking in NYC

Friday, December 9, 2011
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

FREE and open to the public


Human trafficking has become one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Although not always recognizable, established networks of human trafficking operations are even here in New York. Victims may be forced to work as prostitutes, domestic workers, landscapers, in restaurants and bars, as forced panhandlers, in cleaning and janitorial jobs, in nail salons, or in other roles.

Rachel Lloyd from GEMS and Miriam Goodman from the Midtown Community Court will speak about their work on human trafficking and how the public can help curb this illegal exploitation of people in New York City.

Rachel Lloyd
Founder and Executive Director
Girls Empowerment and Mentoring Services (GEMS)

Rachel Lloyd is an outspoken survivor of sexual exploitation. She is the founder and Executive Director of Girls Empowerment and Mentoring Services (GEMS) in NYC, and the author of Girls Like Us. She has become a leading expert and advocate, working on behalf of girls and young women who have survived this abuse. Lloyd has been instrumental in helping craft and shepherd landmark legislation like New York’s Safe Harbor Act. She was named one of the “50 Women Who Change the World” by Ms. Magazine, among many other honors and accolades. Lloyd, her staff, and the young women served by GEMS advocate at the local, state, and national level to promote policies that support young women who have been commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked.

Miriam Goodman
Clinical Coordinator, Midtown Community Court

Miriam Goodman the women’s specialist at Midtown Community Court (MCC). Miriam oversees and facilitates the Women’s Independence Safety and Empowerment (WISE) program, a comprehensive psycho-educational and therapeutic program for women arrested for prostitution. Miriam’s focus is in trauma work and she has trained extensively in evidence-based practices for working with trauma survivors. Miriam is also a therapist at the Safe Horizon’s Counseling Center, where she provides trauma-focused therapy for crime victims. She received her BA in Sociology from Dickinson College and her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.

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