10/30 (Thursday) at 4pm – “Fighting the Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Workshop

A new report has come out about sex trafficking in Minneapolis, MN.  See “U study documents juvenile sex trafficking in Minneapolis” (http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/274559791.html ). The report is based on statistics gained by a review of criminal and juvenile records, and other sources and interviews.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       How can we use this report and case histories brought forward by Civil Society to stop sex trafficking before it happens? The focus needs to be on identifying grooming behaviors of sex traffickers and we must strengthen child protection in Minnesota.
Thanks to the courageous call for help by a 15 year old child, the persistence of her grandmother, and the work of Civil Society in supporting the victim and her grandmother, Ramsey County arrested and convicted 5 for sex trafficking of minors and vulnerable adults. One fifteen year old child has helped to rescue at least 10 children and vulnerable adults who have been sex trafficked. Result: Longest prison term of a sex trafficker in Minnesota.
How did that child make the decision to call 911 rather than being victimized?                                                                                                                                                   Civil Society will be hosting a small interactive “Fighting the Invasion of the Body Snatchers” workshop on how evidence-based, trauma-informed victim services for sex trafficked victims and trainings for high school and college youth can strengthen our children to be heroes like the 15 year old child and her grandmother, who Civil Society supported when the child called 911 from a “party” where trafficking was occurring.
                                                                                                                                      “Fighting the Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Workshop
Thursday, October 30, 2014
4 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Training Center, First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
(Corner of 5th Street and Minnesota Street)
* A donation of $15/person for workshop materials is suggested
                                                                                                                                          Please register for a workshop at (651)-291-0713 or office@civilsocietyhelps.org .
                                                                                                                                          Registration will be limited so that there is time for everyone’s questions or suggestions.

Human Trafficking Presentation & Panel Discussion in Blaine, MN (Open to Public)

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 6:30pm                                                                                   Church of St. Timothy                                                                                                         707 89th Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55434

Presentation & Panel Discussion by:

Hemlal Kafle, Program Manager                                                                                         Trafficking Victims Services, Catholic Charities

Linda Miller, Executive Director, Civil Society

Sheriff James Stuart, Anoka County

This event is sponsored by Church of St. Timothy’s Social Justice Committee.

How Can “Pimp’s Manual” Be Used by Social Services to Help Recognize Human Trafficking Victims in Minnesota

32nd Annual St. Louis County Health & Human Services Conference                               Duluth Entertainment Convention Center                                                                           350 Harbor Drive, Duluth MN 55802

How Can “Pimp’s Manual” Be Used by Social Services to Help Recognize Human Trafficking Victims in Minnesota                                                                                     October 9, 2014, 1pm – 4:30pm, Harborside 303

Linda Miller, Executive Director of Civil Society, will present on the unique dynamics of victimization between pimps/traffickers and their victims. Her presentation will combine accounts of victims and research results that will give social service workers a foundation with which to identify trafficking victim traits and simple methods to begin appropriate intervention. The presentation will further explore the demographics of victims, types of victimization, and the approaches and resources essential for their safety.

For more information about the Annual St. Louis County Health & Human Services Conference, please click  here.

June ’14 – Hope for Human Trafficking Victims

There is an upcoming broadcast of a program we produced in partnership with the MN Productions & Partnerships Team at TPT.

Hope for Human Trafficking Victims 

Showing is scheduled for:                                                                                         Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00 AM
Monday, June 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Monday, June 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

For information on upcoming broadcasts and quick access to viewing the programs online, visit the program’s unique program page at  http://www.tpt.org/?a=programs#17228. This is a great link to share!

Upcoming broadcast will be featured on the statewide MN Channel.  It is seen statewide via all six Minnesota public television stations thanks to our partnership with the Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA).  The MN Channel can be seen over the air free for viewers, as well as on cable services.  Broadcast on the MN Channel are simultaneous – your dates and times for the Twin Cities are the same for all other Minnesota stations as well.

The program will be repeated many times in the coming year, statewide, on the MN Channel.  To receive over-the-air broadcasts, viewers will need a digital TV or a digital conversion box.  It will also be generally available to all cable and DirecTV households.

Bring Back Our Girls Rally at MN State Capitol

Minnesota Rally to BRING BACK OUR GIRLS                                                           Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:30am – 1:00pm CST                                                           Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, MN

Please join us in raising awareness and demanding that the Nigerian government and the international community act NOW to rescue the 200-plus kidnapped girls of Chibok, Borno state, Nigeria. Wear red! Please create “Bring Back Our Girls” placards.

You can view more details of the rally  here.

The Impact Of Pornography on Children, Youth & Culture

“Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth & Culture”
Sponsored by the Anti-Human Trafficking Working Group of the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates and funded by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters
                                                                                                                                          Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Lumen Christi Community Room
2055 Bohland Ave, St Paul, MN 55116
                                                                                                                                          Learn about what children & teenagers are currently exposed to in the media, how you can help them navigate a pornified culture, and how the impact of pornography has escalated through the reach of technology.
                                                                                                                                  Presented by Cordelia Anderson, national speaker and educator on sexual violence prevention, with over 35 years experience.
For more information you can view this link:
                                                                                                                                      The event flyer is also attached. To register and attend the event, please click  here.