Meeting Archive:
Without a Disclosure: One Community's Approach to Addressing Sex Trafficking of Minors

This webinar was held on June 26, 2013. At right is a link to the webinar recording and the project handouts.
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Laura Williams
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Meeting Description:

Advocates who work with survivors escaping prostitution report that the majority of these women and children are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and that the average age for first victimization through prostitution is 12 to 14 years old.  How can local sexual assault response teams effectively address this form of trafficking when victims are so often invisible and misidentified?

Minnesota’s Twin Cities metropolitan area has been identified by the FBI as one of the 13th largest centers in the country for minor sex trafficking. A comprehensive effort has been underway to address trafficking in Minnesota through public policy reforms; enforcement, justice, and public health initiatives; and increased services to victims. This webinar will focus primarily on the specific approach taken by one Minnesota county and its multidisciplinary efforts to address the trafficking of minors and assist victimized youth to safety.  Specific intervention strategies and highlights of a local case applying investigative techniques that did not depend on victim disclosures will also be featured.  Join us!

Date: Wed, Jun 26, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM CDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Laura Williams
 Presenter Information
Emily Huemann
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Emily Huemann has been working in the field of sexual violence and domestic violence for since 1988.  Since 1996, Ms Huemann has worked at SOS of Ramsey County, a program of Saint Paul Ramsey County Public Health.  SOS is the rape crisis program in Saint Paul, Minnesota, serving Ramsey County.  She holds the degree of Master of Science Criminal Justice since 2001 and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Sociology Department teaching on criminal justice.  In 2012 she was published in the Journal of Juvenile Justice and in Nursing Reports; both publications were regarding work done with child sexual exploitation.

Sgt. Ray Gainey
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Sgt. Gainey has been a police officer since 1988. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000, and currently serves as the Executive Sergeant to Assistant Chief Bill Martinez of the Major Crimes Division. Sgt Gainey graduated from the FBI academy and has been awarded the St Paul Police Department's medal of merit for his work as an undercover officer. He has coordinated investigations at both the state and federal level in the narcotics and vice unit. Thanks to a grant from the Women's Foundation he is currently working on the MN Girls are Not For Sale Campaign. He has worked with these victims of sex trafficking in both the juvenile unit and vice unit.

Kate Richtman
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Ms. Richtman received her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law, in 1985.  She has been head of Juvenile Prosecution in the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office since April 1995.  She is a nationally recognized leader in juvenile justice, serving on both state and national juvenile justice related policy groups.  Ms. Richtman serves on many committees, including the state’s Human Trafficking Taskforce and has been a leader in the development of an innovative and successful program that addresses the needs of sexually abused and exploited youth. She has written written extensively on juvenile justice issues including, The Truancy Intervention Program of the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office: A Collaborative Approach to School Success, Family Court Review, Vol. 45 No.3 (July 2007). Ms Richtman received the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Public Attorney Award of Excellence in 2004. 

Caroline Palmer
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Caroline Palmer joined MNCASA in 2008. As staff attorney she works to develop MNCASA's policy agenda, provide technical assistance to member programs, organize trainings for criminal justice and social services professionals, and develop educational resources. Prior to her duties at MNCASA she was the Pro Bono Development Director at the Minnesota State Bar Association and a staff attorney at the Minnesota AIDS Project. Ms. Palmer is a graduate of Barnard College and Hamline University School of Law (where she is currently an adjunct professor). She also completed the Policy Fellows Program at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.