Human Trafficking: Beyond Awareness to Action

Jun 8,  8:30 - 4pm
Jefferson Alumni Hall - Atrium
1020 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This conference is presented by Nationalities Service Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Villanova University, The Salvation Army, and Dawn's Place.

REGISTER TODAY and join us on June 8th for an engaging conference that brings together survivors, healthcare providers, law enforcement, attorneys, social service providers, businesses and consumers. Learn the current human trafficking situation in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Take part in analyzing the existing gaps and challenges in identifying and assisting victims/survivors. Be proactive in preventing human trafficking in our community!

This program is approved for 5.5 substantive CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and for 5.25 Continue Education Credits by the National Association of Social Workers-PA. Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided.


Jefferson Alumni Hall – Atrium
1020 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


General Admission: $15
CEUs – NASW members (5.25 credits): $30
CEUs – NASW non-members (5.25 credits): $40
CLE (5.5 credits): $40


8:30 – 9:00           Registration
9:00 – 9:15           Welcome Remarks
9:15 – 9:30           Scope of Human Trafficking in Southeastern Pennsylvania
• Speaker: Jamie Manirakiza
9:30 – 10:30          Panel: Current Efforts and Available Services
• Speakers: Jamie Manirakiza, Katie Holton, Obed Almeyda, and Patti Cullen
10:30 – 12:00        Panel: Providing Survivor-Informed Services
• Speakers: Shandra Woworuntu, Jerome Elam, Ronny Marty, Anne Marie Jones, and Shamere McKenzie
12:00 – 12:45        Networking Lunch (provided)
12:45 – 1:45          Breakout Sessions
Roundtable 1         Engaging Businesses in the Anti-Trafficking Movement
• Speaker: Benjamin Miller
Roundtable 2         Healthcare: Are you ready to respond?
• Speaker: Nora Kramer
Roundtable 3         Legal Services: Gaps and Challenges
• Speaker: Kate Brown and Sarah Robinson
1:45 – 2:00            Break
2:00 – 3:00            Breakout Sessions
Roundtable 4         Consumer Impact on Human Trafficking
• Speaker: Stephanie Dorenbosch
Roundtable 5         Social Services: Gaps and Challenges
• Speakers: Stephanie Blakeman, Hugh Organ, and Kathleen Coll
Roundtable 6         Investigating and Prosecuting Human Trafficking
• Speakers: Michelle Morgan and Les Glauner
3:00 – 3:30            Report Out
3:30 – 3:45            Closing Remarks
3:45 – 4:00            Evaluation

*Program registrants who are unable to afford continuing legal course registration fees due to financial hardship may petition for registration fee waivers or discounted program fees. A petition for a reduced fee shall be filed at the same time the attorney pre-registers for the program, and state why the normal fee associated with the program causes the lawyer a financial hardship. The petition must be signed by the lawyer. The Law School’s CLE coordinator may waive or reduce the fee for the CLE program at his/her discretion. Send request to

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Speaker Bios

Obed Almeyda
Obed Almeyda is the chairman of the Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition, also called MCAT. MCAT's purpose is to educate and raise awareness of human trafficking and sexual exploitation taking place in our local communities and mobilizing people to take a stand against it.  As a local pastor, Obed has been involved in the fight against human trafficking since 2013. He has been married for 15 years and has two daughters, ages 13 and 11.

Stephanie Blakeman
Stephanie Blakeman is a case manager in the Anti Human-Trafficking Unit at Nationalities Service Center. She works directly with foreign-national survivors of human trafficking and is responsible for coordinating and locating services for clients on their path towards independence. She is interested in assisting clients in safely reintegrating into their communities through educational and social opportunities. She previously worked at Philadelphia Legal Assistance aiding low income Philadelphians in Family Law, Bankruptcy and General Intake matters as a paralegal.  Stephanie holds a B.A. in English and Sociology from Mount Holyoke College and speaks fluent Spanish.

Kate Brown
Kate Brown  is a staff attorney at Friends of Farmworkers, Inc., a non-profit legal services agency dedicated to improving the living and working conditions of low-wage immigrant workers in Pennsylvania.  She joined FOF in 2013 as an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow in order to address the immigration barriers FOF’s clients face when asserting their rights in the workplace.  She currently represents workers who have been victims of labor trafficking and other workplace crimes in their applications for immigration relief.  Kate received her J.D. from the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2013.  During law school, she interned at the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in Mexico City and at the ACLU of Pennsylvania.   Before attending law school she worked as an immigration representative at the Nationalities Service Center and received an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Kenyon College. 

Kathleen Coll, SSJ
Kathleen Coll, SSJ:  is the Executive Director of Dawn’s Place with a background in teaching in Philadelphia and Washington inner cities schools as well as working with teens in Philadelphia and Baltimore. She worked at Trinity Health, Newtown Square, PA as the Administrator of Shareholder Advocacy where she addressed companies on human trafficking, human rights, and other social and environmental issues. Before joining Trinity Health, she was the Social Justice Coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph where she directed the congregation's social justice efforts and shareholder advocacy program. She along with four other women founded Dawn's Place, served on the Board and volunteered at Dawn's Place monthly. She is also a member of the steering committee for US Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking which provides educational materials and training on ways to counter human trafficking. Her formation includes a degree in education and a Master's degree in Religious Studies. Kathleen has had training in trauma and its effects on victims.  She has also given presentations and workshops on human trafficking in churches, universities and other venues. Kathleen attended an international conference on human trafficking held in Rome in 2016.

Dawn’s Place is a year-long residential program in Philadelphia for women victims of sex trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation. Our focus is healing and recovery using trauma-informed.

Patti Cullen
Patti Cullen  is co-chair of the Bucks Coalition Against Trafficking (BCAT).  She has been a member of the Bucks County Pennsylvania Coalition since its inception in January 2013. She also serves on the Coalition’s Community Awareness and Responsibility Committee working on projects such as movie screenings, hotel outreach and community fairs to raise awareness about human trafficking in Bucks County.  Patti also serves on the board of directors of Soroptimist International of Indian Rock, Inc., a Bucks County professional women’s service organization working to improve the lives of women and young girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. In addition, Patti is the club’s grant writer securing grants for projects such as GED Tutoring for women recovering from substance abuse and Human Trafficking Victim Care Kits distributed to women and young girls identified as victims of human trafficking or domestic abuse.  Patti is owner of Cullen Virtual Assistance, providing administrative support to small business owners.

Stephanie Dorenbosch
Stephanie Dorenbosch is a staff attorney at Friends of Farmworkers, a nonprofit legal services organization serving low-income immigrant and migrant workers in Pennsylvania. In addition to her casework, which is focused on employment law, she runs FOF’s medical-legal partnership with the Puentes de Salud health clinic in South Philadelphia. She is also an appointed member of Philadelphia’s Food Policy Advisory Council and works to raise awareness about the issues faced by farmworkers within our regional food systems. Stephanie received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2011, where she interned with an immigration law clinic in New Orleans and with the ACLU of Maryland.

Jerome Elam
Jerome Elam is President and CEO of Trafficking in America Task Force and a survivor of child sex trafficking, child abuse, and child pornography. He is also the child of an alcoholic and a child survivor of domestic violence as well as a child of divorce. Raised in the south, Jerome enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen to escape the nightmare he had become trapped in. That day, Jerome’s life found a new beginning as he embarked upon a journey that would show him the world and open his eyes to the strength of the human spirit. After his enlistment was finished, Jerome attended college and graduated to work in the Biotechnology sector. Motivated by the painful memory of his past, Jerome began to speak out about his abuse and found the healing force of God’s unconditional love and the joy of starting his own family. He is a fierce advocate for all children deprived of their voices, a speaker, a Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. When asked to describe his life Jerome says,” I have struggled against many things in my life and somehow I found a way to survive. Writing is my passion and it keeps me in touch with the wealth everyone holds deep inside their hearts and minds. I share my experiences in the hope that those suffering in silence will find the courage to speak out and share their voices. I have been blessed to have God reveal his purpose for me in saving innocent children from predators.”

Les Glauner
Detective Les Glauner has been a police officer with the Upper Merion Township Police Department, King of Prussia Pa for 19 years. Detective Glauner has been in the investigations division of the police department for 13 years. Detective Glauner is assigned to investigate juvenile related crimes, sexual exploitation of children, abuse against children, and human trafficking related cases. Detective Glauner is currently cross sworn with the Philadelphia FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, and has been with the task force since 2012. Detective Glauner is a nationally board certified Human Trafficking Investigator through the McAfee Institute, and an Advisory Board member with Villanova University Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation. The Upper Merion Township Police Department is a participating agency with the National John Suppression Initiative (NJSI), which Detective Glauner helps coordinate for his department. 

Kathryn E. Holton
Kathryn E. Holton earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Her studies laid the groundwork for her position as the Compensation & Special Services Program Manager for The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC).  She began her career with CVC in 2001. Ms. Holton specializes in Pennsylvania Coalition on Crime & Delinquency Victims Compensation Assistance Program, services for victims/survivors of Human Trafficking in addition to providing services to victims of crime that include crisis response, supportive counseling, needs assessment, individual goal setting, referrals to community based resources, accompaniment and advocacy during medical, police and court proceedings.

Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller
Chef Cristina Martinez, of Capluhuac, Mexico, is the owner of South Philly Barbacoa and El Compadre restaurants, and manages them together with her husband Ben Miller of Easton, PA. The restaurants specialize in authentic Mexican lamb barbacoa and tortas, served on fresh, house made tortillas and bread, respectively. The couple has decided to use the popularity of their restaurants as a platform for social justice work, fighting for the dignity and rights of undocumented immigrants, which provide much of the labor for the restaurant industry. By opening up conversations about human rights and dignity within the spectrum of the restaurant industry, they are hoping to gather support and push forward tangible changes to the system.

Michelle L. Morgan
Michelle L. Morgan is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  She has been a federal prosecutor for 15 years, prosecuting primarily human trafficking, public corruption and child exploitation offenses.  She previously served the U.S. Department of Justice in the San Francisco U.S. Attorney’s Office and in the Child Exploitation Section in Washington, D.C.  As a fluent speaker of Russian, Ms. Morgan has lectured extensively to law enforcement overseas, particularly in former Soviet countries developing new human trafficking and child exploitation legislation.  In addition, Ms. Morgan is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Villanova University School of Law, where she teaches Human Trafficking and serves on the Board of Directors of the Villanova School of Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation.  Ms. Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian from Oberlin College, and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Villanova University School of Law.

Ronny Marty
Mr. Ronny Marty is a Certified Public Accountant, hospitality manager, independent anti-human trafficking consultant, and anti-trafficking advocate. In December, 2016 Mr. Marty was appointed by President Obama to become a member of the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, a group of eleven survivor leaders who bring their knowledge and experience to advise and provide policy recommendations to the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF).

After paying a labor recruiter to help him obtain a work visa and travel to the United States for a promised hospitality job, Mr. Marty was forced into factory work by a trafficker. Mr. Marty escaped this situation despite threats to himself and his family in the Dominican Republic. Now, he speaks to national audiences and the media to raise awareness of all forms of human trafficking within the United States, particularly highlighting the existence of labor trafficking. Mr. Marty has been interviewed by national media outlets including The Washington Post and NPR.
Mr. Marty has consulted with government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, on how to strengthen their anti-trafficking efforts. 

Mr. Marty has leveraged over 20 years’ experience working with diverse ethnic groups and cultures to advance in the hospitality industry. He has worked as an executive housekeeper at the Hilton Marco Island Hotel since 2010. From 1996 to 2007, he was a manager at the Hotel Hacienda Resorts and Hotel Sun Village Resorts and Spa in the Dominican Republic. Mr. Marty received a B.A. from the Santiago University of Technology in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Sarah K. Robinson, Esq.
Sarah K. Robinson, Esq. is the inaugural Justice for Victims Fellow. In this position, Ms. Robinson serves victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation through two main objectives. First, she provides criminal defense representation to women in the Philadelphia Municipal Court prostitution diversion program, Project Dawn Court. Second, she hosts a weekly civil legal services clinic at the Salvation Army New Day to Stop Trafficking Drop-In Center in Kensington, Philadelphia, providing direct services to victims alongside pro bono attorneys. 

Ms. Robinson is a 2016 graduate of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. During law school, Sarah clerked for a local medical malpractice defense firm and a family law firm. She was also a legal intern at Philadelphia Legal Assistance in their Medical-Legal Community Partnership program and at the Mazzoni Center. Sarah completed her undergraduate education in Creative Writing and Gender Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Shandra Woworuntu
Shandra Woworuntu is an international advocate and leader in the fight of human trafficking and modern slavery; she is a motivational and an inspirational keynote speaker in raising awareness about human rights. She trains law enforcements, social workers, medical doctor and psychiatric. She lectures university students across the country and internationally about human trafficking and modern slavery relate to different subjects.

Ms. Woworuntu hold bachelor degree in finance and banking management, her last position was financial analyst and treasury manager. After political turbulence and religious persecution fell out, she expanded employment to the U.S., the fact she was sold into underground sex business by an organized trafficking ring in New York. She escaped and cooperated with NYPD to prosecute her traffickers.

As a lobbyist; she was testified at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in D.C., New York State and New York City, she lobbied legislations and passed became laws.
In 2011, she co-founded Voices of Hope, survivor leadership group facilitated by Safe Horizon, and in 2014, she founded Mentari, nonprofit organization to empower survivors to be able to reintegrate to the community.

Ms. Woworuntu is a commissioner on human trafficking state of New Jersey and appointed by former president Barrack Obama to be a member of First U.S. Advisory Council on human trafficking to the White House. In 2011, she co-founded Voices of Hope, survivor leadership group facilitated by Safe Horizon, and in 2014, she founded Mentari, nonprofit organization to empower survivors to be able to reintegrate to the community.