Register today and join us for the live event in Hartford or by live-streaming video webinar.*

According to Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families, between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation, and thousands of children are forced into domestic sex slavery each year, with an average entry age of only 13 years old. In Connecticut alone, DCF has received over 1,000 referrals of child trafficking since January 2008. Because victims are overwhelmingly school-age youths, Connecticut schools are at the front lines of this important issue.

How does this modern-day slavery epidemic affect your student body? Although student-victims will often continue to attend school, it may be difficult to detect the signs of trafficking. Traffickers target student-victims through social media, after-school programs, clubs, or through other students, and often go unnoticed by teachers, coaches, mentors, or other members of your school community. It is important for schools to recognize the signs that a student may be in trouble. This presentation will define child trafficking, aid schools in identifying the warning signs, discuss proactive response and prevention strategies, and outline tips for reporting and responding to abuse.

Join Shipman & Goodwin attorney Joette Katz (former Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families and former Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court), Department of Children and Families Program Supervisor Brooke Morris, and Public Health Expert and Vice Chair of Darkness to Light Dr. Lyndon Haviland as they provide this timely primer to Connecticut schools. Shipman & Goodwin attorney Leander Dolphin will moderate the seminar.  The discussion will focus on topics including:

  • Federal Definition of Human Trafficking: Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)
  • What is child trafficking
  • What is Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)
  • Prevalence of Child Trafficking in CT
  • Pathways to Victimization
  • Warning Signs
  • Impact of DMST
  • Who are the Exploiters and Buyers
  • School Response
  • DCF Response

There will be time for Q&A following the discussion.

Who should attend: Heads of School, Assistant Heads of School, Deans and Directors of Student Life, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Executive Directors, and Special Education/PPS Directors, Board Chairs.

Hartford Seminar – April 23, 2019

When: April 23, 2019, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
Where: 8:00 – 8:30 AM, Registration/Breakfast, 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Shipman & Goodwin Hartford Office – REGISTER NOW!

Can’t attend the live program?
This program will also be offered via streaming video, click here to REGISTER for this option. All registrants will receive a recording of the program after the event.

*Please note that the Stamford event has been cancelled and replaced with the video webinar option.

Seating is limited and registration will close when we reach maximum capacity for the event space. Please contact us in advance, if you are registering more than 4 attendees from your school or district.

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Photo of Joette Katz Joette Katz

Joette Katz is a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Her distinguished legal career and service to the State of Connecticut provide her with considerable knowledge and experience that make her a valuable resource to clients and attorneys throughout the firm.

Joette Katz is a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Her distinguished legal career and service to the State of Connecticut provide her with considerable knowledge and experience that make her a valuable resource to clients and attorneys throughout the firm.

Joette focuses her practice on appellate work, mediation and investigations. She consults with firm attorneys handling federal, state and administrative appeals, where she advises them on the appellate process, positioning and strategy at both the trial and appellate stages of a matter. Joette also serves as a mediator to resolve a wide range of conflicts for clients that do not require litigation. In addition, using skills from her government experience, Joette advises clients across a variety of industries on handling government, internal and other investigations. She also demonstrates her long-standing commitment to supporting at-risk populations as a significant contributor to the firm’s award-winning pro bono efforts providing legal services on behalf of the underserved and underprivileged members of the community.

Photo of Leander A. Dolphin Leander A. Dolphin

Leander represents public school districts, independent schools, and colleges and universities in education and employment matters, including student discipline, special education disputes, disability-related matters, employee discipline and discharge, and investigations. In addition, she represents clients in claims before the Commission on Human Rights…

Leander represents public school districts, independent schools, and colleges and universities in education and employment matters, including student discipline, special education disputes, disability-related matters, employee discipline and discharge, and investigations. In addition, she represents clients in claims before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Office of Civil Rights. Leander has conducted numerous professional development workshops for private and public sector clients on topics such as sexual harassment, bullying, special education, disability discrimination, and confidentiality issues.