Commercial sexual exploitation (also known as sex trafficking) impacts minors and adults of all genders, many of whom are unaware they are victims or that help is available.
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- Recognize and identify victims of sexual exploitation in a virtual setting
- Identify and locate resources for victims of sexual exploitation
There is no certificate or CEs offered with the free webinar.
We were pleased to bring together experts in the field of commercial sexual exploitation to help caregivers in identifying and finding resources for victims.
Alia El-Sawi currently serves as the Victim Assistance Specialist for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). She has worked on human trafficking cases for 15 years. Alia’s area of responsibility includes all of Georgia and Alabama (and she formerly covered North and South Carolina). In this capacity, she designs and provides educational training and outreach to law enforcement, attorneys, mainstream service providers, and community-based organizations on human trafficking and child exploitation. Additionally, she is involved in conducting victim interviews and completing a portion of the immigration documents and relief available to human trafficking survivors. Alia works to establish collaborative relationships locally, statewide, and nationally. Prior to her work with Homeland Security, Alia worked for a non-profit, Tapestri, and served as the Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator. In her past position, she provided trainings, outreach, and direct services/case management to foreign-born survivors of human trafficking. Alia also worked on cases that involved immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and rape. She also served as the Chair of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Rescue & Restore Board for 3 years and served as the Freedom Network’s Social Service Committee Chair for 3 years. Alia is experienced in public speaking and has made many presentations for the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services. She has also presented in other local, state, national, and international events and conferences. El-Sawi has traveled overseas to train foreign governments on human trafficking in Chile, Peru, Brazil, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, and Budapest, Hungary. Alia has received several awards and recognition for her work within human trafficking: Georgia Trend’s Top 40 Under 40; ISB’s Top 40 Under 40; Atlanta Young Government Leaders Award; Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement Director’s Award; U.S. Attorney’s Award for the Northern District of Georgia; Special Agent in Charge Atlanta’s Patrick Wilhelm Award; and Mercer University’s Mary Ann Drake Award Combatting Human Trafficking. Alia speaks Arabic, French, Spanish, and conversational Portuguese; she has Bachelor's degrees from Mercer University in International Affairs and another in French. Additionally, Alia has her Master's degree from Boston University in Criminal Justice with a focus in Victimology.
Mel Meyer is the Director of Atlanta Dream Center’s Anti-Sex Trafficking Department, referred to as Out of Darkness. Through years of working as a program director for at-risk youth programs and juvenile justice educational programs, Mel became aware of the impact of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States. Mel completed her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration, developed awareness material with Not For Sale GA, and then she joined the Atlanta Dream Center team, where she served has the Director of Residential Services for 5 years. In this role, she worked in direct-care services, developed promising practices for crisis care and directed the crisis safe homes and staff. As of January 2018, Mel is now the Director of all programming in the Anti-Sex Trafficking Department. She has served on the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force for 3 years, and currently chairs a work group focused on initiatives for adult domestic victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
Dr. Vanessa Snyder is the Vice President of the Richmont Institute for Trauma & Recovery and is an Assistant Professor Richmont Graduate University. She spearheaded the launch of the Richmont Trauma Center and now directs all clinical services. She is a practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Master Traumatologist, and Certified Anger Management Specialist. Clinically, she specializes in treatment of trauma, complex trauma, and dissociative disorders. Her areas of research include program evaluation and treatment in human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation; dissociative disorders and spirituality, adverse childhood experiences effects in treatment, and compassion fatigue & burnout, organizational trauma.
Experience: Snyder, V. (March 2020). Traumatized Clients, the Drama Triangle, and the Person of the Therapist: A Backwards Journey Through Organizational Trauma.
Presented at the Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS). Atlanta, GA.
Rosenau, D. & Snyder, V. (March, 2020). Restoring Sexual Intimacy after Trauma. Presented at the Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS). Atlanta, GA.
Snyder, V. (April, 2020). Treating Traumatized Families. Green Cross Certification Workshop; Presented for Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery, Atlanta, GA.
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