Salvation Army joins forces to stop human trafficking

Posted: April 11, 2011 in How We Help, News, Uncategorized, Volunteerism

Oklahomans Against Trafficking of Humans (OATH) Conference to expose problem of labor, sex trafficking in state

Texas and Oklahoma are in the middle of a growing problem of labor and sexual trafficking. In Oklahoma, a variety of victims, the youngest of whom are children, are currently forced or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation.

On April 13, concerned citizens and members of Oklahoma law enforcement, the legal system and social service agencies can learn more about human trafficking at the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Conference “Oklahoma Impact,” to be held at Moore Technology Conference Center, 13301 S Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City.

On April 14, the conference will be held in Tulsa at Tulsa Location: Northeastern State University (NSU) B.A. Campus, 3100 East New Orleans, Broken Arrow.

April 8 is the final day to register online. However, participants can also register at the door on the day of the conference.

Online Registration until April 8 is $70, or $45 for full time students and pre-paid OATH Website-registered members. At the door registration is $75.

Register online at or by mailing a check to: OATH, P.O. Box 65, Oklahoma City, 73101.

The conference will provide detailed information about labor and sexual exploitation by experienced professionals concerning the many facets of human trafficking within U.S. borders and the state of Oklahoma. Speakers include former victims of human trafficking, trafficking victims’ shelter directors, human trafficking task force members and law enforcement experts.

 This is a one-day training conference on the issues of human trafficking for professionals to get their CEU’s and learn how to identify possible trafficking victims, how to report, how to interdict, how to care for victims, how to get justice and how to get their Agency or Organization involved in making a difference right here in Oklahoma.

Individuals, business leaders and church staff are encouraged to attend the General Public Track where they will receive awareness information so that they can learn to identify possible victims and discover what their church can do to help make our communities a safe place for these survivors.


Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans is a non-profit NGO dedicated to increase awareness of human trafficking, to identify victims, and work collaboratively with our partners to provide comprehensive services to identified victims in Oklahoma





Speakers will include:

Vander Kolk Group Trauma Specialist, Project REACH, Cynthia Kennedy

Joy Friedman – Programs Director, Breaking Free, St.Paul MN

Lt. Doug Kimberlin – OCPD Investigator, VICE Unit

Christina Misner-Pollard – OCU Law Clinic

Cathy Olberding – OJA Trauma Focused Services

Kristen Frost – HHS Human Trafficking Program Specialist

Mark Elam – OATH Coalition Director

Scott Whelan – USCIS Adjudication Officer

Les Kerr – LECC for US Attorney, Western District of Missouri

Wende Baker – FBI Victims Specialist, Kansas City Div.

Gwen Downing – ODMHSAS Trauma Informed Services

James Walker – Youth Services, Tulsa Director

Kirsta Melton – ADA Bexar County, Special Prosecutor

Elizabeth McCormick – TU Law Clinic

Debbie Forshee – Youth Services, OKC Director

Joe Otrhalek, ICE Special Agent, Trafficking Investigations

Joy friedman – Trafficking Survivor

Jeannetta Taylor – Trafficking Survivor

  1. jion says:

    That’s great, for sure they will be a big help to stop human trafficking…Good luck!…
    Oklahoma City door

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