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County to Host Panel on Forced Labor Human Trafficking in Santa Clara County and the South Bay

Event to Focus on the Depth and Breadth of Problem in the South Bay, Challenges Faced by Investigators, and Available Services for Victims
In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy, in partnership with the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, and the YWCA, will host a panel on Forced Labor Human Trafficking in Santa Clara County and the South Bay. 
The event is free and open to community leaders, victim service providers, attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and concerned residents.
Welcome and Opening remarks:
Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, District 2
U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, 19th District
Sarah Balabagan Sereno, Human Trafficking Survivor
Perla Flores, Division Director, Community Solutions
Lynette Parker, Associate Clinical Professor, Santa Clara University
Jennifer Chelf, Special Agent, FBI, San Jose Division
Ruth Silver Taube, Supervising Attorney, Workers’ Rights Clinic, Santa Clara University
Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Director, Office of Women’s Policy, Moderator
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
County Government, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA
Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium
Free Parking is available in the “C” lot, across from County building, at First and Hedding Streets.
According to estimates in the 2013 Trafficking in Person report to Congress, as many as 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States every year; and 100,000 children who are U.S. citizens are trafficked within the United States.  Most of the reporting calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline come from California.  It is believed that the majority of the cases in Santa Clara County are related to forced labor.
Register at Due to space limitations, registration for this free, public event is encouraged, but not required.  Two MCLE Credits will be offered.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5142; Ruth Silver Taube, South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking (408) 737-2313.
Posted: January 17, 2014