Human Rights Project for Girls Holds National Conference on Domestic Child Trafficking
On March 12th, Movement Maker organization The Human Rights Project for Girls, with Georgetown Law and the Crittenton Foundation, held a national conference on domestic child trafficking entitled Critical Connections: A Multi-Systems Approach to the Domestic Sex Trafficking of Girls. Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady Michelle Obama and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, gave the keynote and discussed the Obama Administration’s abiding commitment to ending the exploitation and trafficking of girls in the U.S. In addition, Representatives Karen Bass(D-CA) and Ted Poe(R-TX), Acting Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Administrator Melodee Hanes, and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration of Children and Families, George Sheldon spoke on a panel regarding Federal action and policy in response to girls at the intersection. Survivors, advocates, and providers from the child welfare, juvenile justice, and anti-sexual violence communities from across the nation led panel discussions and participated in the overall direction of the conference. Movement Maker Suzanne Koepplinger Executive Director of Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center was among the panelists. Suzanne talked about the intersection of Native American girls in trafficking, juvenile justice, and child welfare. Human Rights Project for Girls is so grateful for the opportunity to continue to shine the light on gendered violence, and to continue to advance the needs and rights of our most vulnerable girls.
Pictured Left to Right: Malika Saada Saar (Human Rights Project for Girls) Jeanette Pai-Espinosa (National Crittenton Foundation),
Suzanne Koepplinger (Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center), Deborah Richardson (National Center for Civil and Human Rights)
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