Event Title

Addressing Community Needs in the Lehigh Valley: Human Trafficking and Exploitation

Location

McFarland Student Union, Room 218

Presentation Type

Panel

Start Date

2-11-2018 10:55 AM

End Date

2-11-2018 11:40 AM

Description

Executives from varying organizations within the community will discuss their organizational mission, the needs they address within the community, challenges they face, and future organizational goals that they hope to achieve in regard to addressing human trafficking and exploitation within the local community.

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Kim Checkeye is the Executive Director of Truth for Women, a faith based nonprofit organization recognized in providing restorative care for sexually exploited women and increasing awareness. Kim has a passion for educating and training people on sex trafficking, the fastest growing criminal activity in the world, to eradicate and remove the demand. In 2014, Truth for Women opened the Truth Home, a therapeutic residential home for rescued victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Besides being the Executive Director, Kim is on the coaching staff of the Southern Lehigh High School Girl’s Lacrosse Team and is a member of Life Church.

Christi Dominguez is the Executive Director for the Valley Against Sex Trafficking (VAST), a start-up anti-trafficking NPO with a 5-year grassroots organizing history. As a social work advocate for the past ten years, she has gained a wealth of knowledge on administrative social work, coalition's collective impact, and community capacity building. Currently, her work as Executive Director of VAST focuses on engaging survivors, stakeholders, and community members in conversations about commercial sexual exploitation. While honing trauma-informed practices, she employs empowerment, education, collaboration, and advocacy tactics to address the nexus of social problems surrounding local human trafficking. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Communication & Social Work from Kutztown University.

Karen Hinkle has worked in the field of Victim Services for over thirteen years. Ms. Hinkle currently works for Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown, PA as the Supervisor of Legal Advocacy and Victim Services. As Supervisor, she oversees Victim Advocates in Northampton County and serves as the agency’s Human Trafficking Advocate. As one of her job duties, Ms. Hinkle took the lead role in organizing CVC’s first conference (Human Trafficking Hiding in Plain Sight) held this past June. Additionally, she represents CVC on several coalitions including Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Task Force Against Human Trafficking; Eastern Pennsylvania against Trafficking (EPAT) and the Lehigh Valley Coalition (VAST). In 2016, Ms. Hinkle was elected to Executive Secretary to Crime Victims Alliance of Pennsylvania and sits on the Rally Committee which organizing the state rally every year during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Prior to working for Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, Ms. Hinkle spent ten years working as a Victim Witness Coordinator in the York County District Attorney Office. In this role, she served as a liaison between victims/witnesses and the Assistant District Attorneys. Ms. Hinkle earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Alvernia College.

State Representative Mark Rozzi was elected to serve as State Representative for the126th Legislative District in November 2012. The Berks County Legislator is a lifelong resident of the district. He graduated in 1989 from Muhlenberg High School where he was a three sport athlete and member of the Political Science Club and Model UN. Rozzi went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Kutztown University with a concentration in pre-law and constitutional law. Rozzi resides in Muhlenberg Township where he remains active in the community. His legislative priorities include education, property tax relief, improving the commonwealth's aging infrastructure system and safeguarding our children from predators.

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Nov 2nd, 10:55 AM Nov 2nd, 11:40 AM

Addressing Community Needs in the Lehigh Valley: Human Trafficking and Exploitation

McFarland Student Union, Room 218

Executives from varying organizations within the community will discuss their organizational mission, the needs they address within the community, challenges they face, and future organizational goals that they hope to achieve in regard to addressing human trafficking and exploitation within the local community.