Survivor story: Noted human trafficking expert to offer training in Cullman County

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Kathy Wilson, director of the Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force, announced that Amy Joy, a human trafficking survivor who went on to become a social worker, psychologist and lecturer on human trafficking response and prevention, will be in Cullman County on Friday, April 16, 2021 for a one-day seminar at Daystar Church, 200 Daystar Dr. in Good Hope.  

Joy is the founder/CEO of Human Trafficking Education Seminars. According to the task force, “She has spent the last decade helping survivors of sex trafficking, developing educational programs on childhood trauma, its impact on the developing person and Dissociative Identity Disorder. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Michigan, and is currently earning her PhD. in psychology. Amy is the author of Human Trafficking 101: Stories, Stats, and Solutions. As an adjunct professor and international speaker, Amy continues to fight for those adversely impacted by childhood trauma. 

Where approved, four continuing education credit hours will be available for social workers, juvenile probation officers, law enforcement personnel, licensed professional counselors and educators.  

Planned presentations include: 

  • Joy’s personal story 
  • Understanding human trafficking and sex trafficking 
  • The role of social media 
  • Predator grooming tactics 
  • Developmental trauma 
  • Interventions and how they help 
  • Vulnerable groups and what makes them vulnerable 
  • Human trafficking prevention 

Participants will learn to: 

  • Differentiate between federal, state and local trafficking laws and other crimes associated with trafficking, such as smuggling, incest and prostitution 
  • Identify common warning signs and tactics of predators like traffickers, pedophiles, pimps and customers (“Johns”) 
  • Explain the connections between human trafficking and early childhood trauma, foster care and other at-risk populations 
  • Identify appropriate intervention techniques for children and adults who have experienced developmental trauma 
  • Apply gained knowledge in the professional fields of education, law enforcement, mental health, health care and community leadership 

 

Wilson told The Tribune, “The last year has been very difficult to provide our community with the education we had hoped. We have been unable to have our task force meetings due to Covid, but we are hopeful this training will be a start to getting back to a somewhat ‘normal.’ We love being in the community raising awareness.  

“This training will be phenomenal. Amy Joy is a survivor of human trafficking and will tell her personal story, as well as provide education on social media, predator grooming, developmental trauma , intervention and prevention of human trafficking.”  

The event is sponsored by District Judges Chad Floyd and Rusty Turner, Brooks’ Place, Daystar Church, Cullman County Juvenile Probation Office and the Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force. 

At a glance 

A Survival Story – Human trafficking response/prevention training with Amy Joy 

Friday, April 16, 2021 

Daystar Church, 200 Daystar Dr., Cullman (Good Hope), AL 35057 

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., registration at 8:30 a.m. 

Registration fee $20 by cash or check payable to Brooks’ Place, register onsite or pre-register 

Training open to all professionals, CEUs available with approval 

For more information or to preregister, contact Haley Harris at 256-739-2243 ext. 306 or email hharris@cullmancac.com.  

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W.C. Mann

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