When: 8:00–12:30 PM, Friday, November 8, 2013
Where: J.C. Penney Conference Center
Registration Fees: $20 through November 6, 2013; $30 after | Register Online or call (314) 516-5655
Broaden and deepen your understanding of human trafficking, and learn how to be more involved in tackling this issue with practical ways to advocate. Our model of experiential learning is rooted in the concepts of lifelong learning. While we focus on participants who are over the age of 50, all ages are welcome to attend. This program is sponsored by Zonta Club of St. Louis, in cooperation with AAUW.
Agency Exhibit Tables available for $100. Includes two registrations for participants. Light breakfast and snacks will be served.
Keynote Address: Dr. Ruth Iyob, UMSL professor and noted author in the field
Dr. Ruth Iyob teaches courses in diaspora politics, gender and citizenship comparative politics, global relations, African and Middle Eastern politics and US-African relations. She specializes in the study of nationalism, conflict resolution, postcolonial citizenship and remittance economies of the regions straddling the African Mediterranean and the Horn of Africa. Her publications on Eritrea and the Sudan have received international recognition as well as her research on governance, democratization, gendered citizenship and the international relations of the states of the Horn of Africa. Currently, she is engaged in developing more nuanced understanding of identity politics and Africa-centered policy issues and continues to work towards facilitating dialogue on bridging the gap between academics and practitioners. Her publications and teaching reflect a wide range of research interest and include: International Relations in the Horn: Non-Conformity and Defiance.
Rebecca Feldmann is a staff attorney in the Immigration Law Program of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Her practice includes representing immigrant survivors of human trafficking and other crimes with applications for immigration relief under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She has conducted several presentations within the St. Louis community regarding the rights of immigrants in the United States and the forms of immigration relief available to foreign-born survivors of human trafficking. Rebecca graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2008 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame in 2005. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and currently serves as the chair-elect of AILA’s Missouri-Kansas Chapter.
Kimberly Ritter is a senior account manager for Nix Conference & Meeting Management, specializing in large event planning and leading the company’s trafficking initiative. Ritter and Nix have been dedicated to combating child sex trafficking in hotels since 2008. Ritter has received awards such as Director's Community Leadership Award 2012, 2012 St. Louis Woman of Achievement for Human Welfare, and 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry in 2012. She also holds several positions, such as Healing Action Network – Board of Directors, Vice President, ECAPT–USA – Advisory Board, Women of Achievement, and Committee Chair. Together with Nix, Ritter volunteers her time to speak about the issue of trafficking and interview with print and media outlets to bring awareness to the issue of sex trafficking. Kimberly recently became the Director for Development for the newly formed organization by Nix Conference and Meeting management. The Exchange Initiative was created to empower individuals and organizations with real resources to help end sex trafficking. Exchange Initiative will host a conference in the Spring of 2014 called IGNITE: Sparking Action Against Sex Trafficking.
Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Ms. Colegrove is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and has researched human trafficking from various angles, both national and international, during her academic career. Her graduate research focused on assessing the risk of human trafficking in Missouri using characteristics known to increase the likelihood trafficking in persons. She has presented her research at regional and national conferences, as well as to local community groups. During her time at the University of Missouri she was on the executive board of the student led anti-trafficking organization, Stop Traffic, as the Presentations Coordinator. Ms. Colegrove educated hundreds of students about human trafficking. Currently she is the Coalition Organizer for the St. Louis Rescue & Restore Coalition, working to raise awareness in the greater St. Louis area, train law enforcement, social service providers, and healthcare professional in order to increase the identification of victims and connect them to resources.