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Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking

This session targets law enforcement, prosecutors, state attorneys, judges, researchers, local, state and national government personnel.
About this Event
PART I – The Role of Tattoos/Branding in Human Trafficking

This workshop helps practitioners, law enforcement personnel, parole & probation, advocates and other stakeholders understand the significance of tattoos and tattooing in the world of human trafficking. Findings from a study conducted in partnership between the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Portland State University demonstrate the extent to which certain categories, locations on the body, and quantities of tattoos are related to human sex trafficking for both victims and traffickers. Taken from both interviews with law enforcement personnel, survivors, traffickers and database photographs we explore how understanding the meanings and placement of tattoos can aid in developing therapeutic as well as legal and investigative tools for all stakeholders.

PART II: Information Mining of Traffickers While Incarcerated

The breadth of information within correctional facilities across the country should be harnessed and not wasted. Human trafficking is all too common and doesn’t halt once a trafficker is in custody. Human traffickers and gangs have become more diversified in their business plans with increased trafficking of individuals leaving scars across the nation with exploited victims.

Information mining of trafficker activity while incarcerated (e.g., Monitoring phones, relationship analysis, mail, money deposits, visiting forms, and phone numbers called) may be used to obtain subpoenas, search the internet, comb through the digital footprint that trafficking leaves behind and be shared with anti-trafficking partners.

Speaker Bio:

Sergeant Molly McDade began her career with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in July of 1995. Promoted to rank of Sergeant in 2004 and assigned to the Facilities Services Section as the Classification Unit Manager she managed 22 Deputies and non-sworn individuals to include the Security Threat Group and Intelligence Deputy, 13 Classification Deputies, Corrections Techs and Hearings Officers. While in this capacity she recognized the need for a Human Trafficking Sergeant as the criminal street gangs within the community and jail were using women as a commodity. With funding in 2009 through a Federal JAG Grant this position became a reality and is currently in its 11th year.

In partnership with Information Technology partners Molly has developed a robust Human Trafficking specific Intelligence and information sharing relational database utilized in ongoing investigations to organize, analyze and disseminate information with agency partners. Through this collaborative effort and database early identification of suspected traffickers and victims has been realized enhancing case collaboration.

Molly trains law enforcement agencies locally, regionally and nationally on Intel Collaboration and Sex Trafficking tattoos. She offers and administers community education to nonprofits and social service groups. She assists in research studies and provides expert guidance on issues surrounding sex trafficking for minors and adults.

*No CEUs available for this event. Please register each participant separately.

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