FEBRUARY LUNCH MEETING

February 15, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
6114 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
https://scottsdale.andaz.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
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IDENTIFYING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE BUSINESS TRAVEL INDUSTRY

A dynamic human trafficking training to help tourism staff, along with travelers nationwide, recognize warning signs of human trafficking and report suspicious behavior, with a “see something, say something” approach.

Presented by...Savannah Sanders

Savannah Sanders is the Director of Community Outreach and Human Trafficking Services at Sojourner Center, one of the nation’s largest and longest running domestic violence shelters, serving more than 10,000 women and children impacted by domestic violence each year. Savannah is a leading advocate in the effort to stop human trafficking in the United States. She has been involved in anti-trafficking training in Arizona and nationwide since 2010, and is particularly passionate about trauma-informed care and survivor leadership. Savannah’s duties at Sojourner Center include overseeing the SAFE (Safeguarding All from Exploitation) Action Project, a training and education program for the hospitality industry and the community at large on the warning signs of human trafficking so that suspected incidents can be reported.

The Sojourner Center SAFE Action Project underscores the reality that domestic violence takes many forms. Over the years, many survivors of human trafficking have found shelter with Sojourner Center. After overcoming devastating hardships in her youth (including child sex trafficking), Savannah is now living a full life as a victim’s advocate, exemplifying survivor leadership both personally and professionally.

Savannah earned her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University (ASU) with a Major in Social Work and Minor in Women and Gender Studies in 2014 and is pursuing concurrent Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Social and Cultural Pedagogy at ASU in the near future. She is the author of Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Parents and Professionals (Unhooked Books, 2015), She is a founding board member of Well Founded Hope, an Arizona nonprofit helping to restore the life of traumatized young women who have been sex trafficked, is an active member of a large network of human trafficking survivor advocates. Sanders shares her compelling story of abuse and recovery as a source of inspiration and motivation for audiences across the United States, providing testimony on Emmy-nominated television news segments, in sex trade documentaries, at local events and on talk radio. Working with the organization Mending the Soul, Sanders was instrumental in the development and implementation of curriculum, specifically created to help survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation.

She is currently working on developing a local survivor's council. Additionally, Sanders has worked as a Program Fellow of Intervention, Recovery and Empowerment services for TRUST, a grant funded project that coordinates anti-trafficking efforts in Arizona.

TRUST AZ - Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking

The mission of the TRUST project is to coordinate anti-trafficking efforts in Arizona and ultimately increase public awareness about the crisis as it relates to Arizona’s children.

The same economic forces that fuel tourism in Arizona also support sex trafficking – warm weather, multiple interstate highways, proximity to the border, short drive to Las Vegas or San Diego, major conference destination, and it is home to many professional sporting events. According to the U.S. State Department, Arizona is a main destination and transit point for labor and sex trafficking from within the U.S. and multiple regions of the world. Join us for this enlightening presentation and how we can help combat human trafficking in Arizona.  

Tickets

$40.00 Member Registration
$50.00 after 5:00 pm February 10
$35.00 Earlybird rate before February 3

$0.00 Pre-paid Member

$50.00 Non-Member/Guest