April 20, 2018

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Conference Center

130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

Breakfast and Registration from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


The Honorable Amy Paulin

NYS Assembly Member (AS 88)

Selina Higgins, LCSW-R

Director of Child Trafficking Prevention and Policy

NYC Administration for Children’s Services

Attachment, Trauma Bonding and the Glorification and Normalization of Exploitation

Susan Mapp, PHD, MSSW

Professor and Department Chair of Social Work

Elizabethtown College

“At least he told me he loved me”: Children Involved in the Child Welfare System and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

Audace Garnett

Founder/Senior Advisor/Trainer

Au-scension Advocacy & Consulting LLC

Recruit, Groom, and Sell: How Technology is Used to Facilitate the Deeper Exploitation of Survivors of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

Alexandra Lutnick, PHD

Senior Research Scientist

RTI International

Beyond victims and villains: A nuanced, anti-oppression understanding of domestic minor sex trafficking

Steven L. Procopio, ACSW, LICSW

Consultant, Trainer & Therapist for Male Survivors of Sexual Trauma & Trafficking

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys, Adolescent Males and Trans Youth

Kanani Titchen, MD


The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Sex Trafficking: Medical Professional Education

Susan Kahan, MA, LPC

UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic

Sex Trafficking and Children with Disabilities: Tools and Strategies to Improve Prevention, Investigation and Intervention

Lori Cohen, JD

Director of Anti-Trafficking Initiative and Immigration Intervention Project

Sanctuary for Families

At-Risk Girls in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community
*Presenting with Rocky Salomon, MSW Candidate

Lauren Di Chiara, JD

Bronx Assistant District Attorney

Criminal Enterprise Bureau

Identifying and Interviewing Minor Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Making The Case for Prosecuting Exploiters

Lauren Hersh, JD

National Director

World Without Exploitation

Sex Trafficking 101: In Our Backyards

Cherice Hopkins, JD

Staff Attorney


Domestic Child Sex Trafficking and the Abuse to Prison Pipeline

Bruce May, LCSW

Victim Specialist

New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Victim Services within the context of a Law Enforcement Investigation

Lunch Plenary

Good, Better, Best: Helping LGBTQ Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Thrive


Karen Walker


KVW Consulting



Meredith Dank, PHD

Research Professor

John Jay College

Lillian Rivera, MPH

Director of Advocacy & Capacity Building

Hetrick-Martin Institute

Mitchyll Mora


F2L (Fight to Live)

Closing Remarks

The Honorable Andrew Hevesi

NYS Assembly Member (AS 28)

The Venue


The Conference Center, NYC

The Conference Center, NYC


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