Presenting Jerome Elam at the Anchorage Trauma/Trafficking Conference
2018 Trauma and Dissociation Conference being held in Anchorage Alaska on May 4th and 5th will be presenting Jerome Elam, President and CEO Trafficking in America Task Force.
Jerome Elam is a survivor of child sex trafficking, child abuse, and child pornography. He is also the child of an alcoholic and a child survivor of domestic violence as well as a child of divorce. Raised in the south, Jerome enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen to escape the nightmare he had become trapped in. That day, Jerome’s life found a new beginning as he embarked upon a journey that would show him the world and open his eyes to the strength of the human spirit. After his enlistment was finished, Jerome attended college and graduated to work in the Biotechnology sector. Motivated by the painful memory of his past, Jerome began to speak out about his abuse and found the healing force of God’s unconditional love and the joy of starting his own family. He is a fierce advocate for all children deprived of their voices, a speaker, a Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. When asked to describe his life Jerome says,” I have struggled against many things in my life and somehow I found a way to survive. Writing is my passion and it keeps me in touch with the wealth everyone holds deep inside their hearts and minds. I share my experiences in the hope that those suffering in silence will find the courage to speak out and share their voices. I have been blessed to have God reveal his purpose for me in saving innocent children from predators.
TASK FORCE :
I will never know the joy of being a carefree child lying in a field watching clouds as I imagine figures in their gentle shapes.What I can do is fight until my dying breath so that every child can experience this and stop the tragedy of another vandalized childhood.
Jerome Elam, President and CEO Trafficking in America Task Force
Child Sex Trafficking Survivor, Child Advocate, Speaker, Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and Marine Corps Veteran
Human trafficking is a global crime hidden in plain sight:
1.) The United Nations describes human trafficking as “recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.”
2.) According to social scientists there are an estimated 27 million victims of human trafficking in the world today. Only a small fraction of those have been found. (U.S. State Department)
3.) The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (United Nations)
4.) According to the United Nations human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States.
5.) Human trafficking second only to drug dealing as the largest criminal industry in the world today and it is the fastest growing. (U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services)
The trafficking of children is a global scourge that must be eliminated:
1.) The average jail time served for someone found guilty of buying sex with a child is about 1.5 years.
(Shared Hope International’s Demanding Justice Project)
2.) The average age of a sex trafficked child in the United States is 13-14 years old. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
3.) Responsible for child sex trafficking:
Immediate Family 36%
Friend of the family 14%
(Typically labor trafficking)
(2015 EMSI Rescue and Restore Regional Conference to Combat Human Trafficking)
4.) UNICEF estimates there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade
5.) The United States Department of Justice estimates close to 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States.
6.) One in seven endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2013 were likely sex trafficking victims. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children).
7.) An average victim of sex trafficking may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day (Polaris Project).
8.) The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates a pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child a year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls.
9.) FBI Report on Crime 2011 reported: “The average life expectancy of a trafficked child is 7 years.”
We are facing a crisis in this country as sex traffickers are increasingly targeting our children. They have even infiltrated schools sending children who act as recruiters to lure unsuspecting victims into being trafficked.
Pornography is a driving force in the demand for sex trafficking:
1.) National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child pornography in 2011 — nearly 4000% more than in 2007.
2.) “Studies and case reports indicate that 30% to 80% of individuals who viewed child pornography and 76% of individuals who were arrested for Internet child pornography had molested a child.” ( “A Profile of Pedophilia:”)
3.) A 2008 study conducted at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C. asked 155 male inmates in a treatment program convicted of Child Pornography if they had ever molested a child.
At the start of the program twenty-six percent of the men admitted molesting a child, but as the program ended that number changed to eighty-five percent.
Training and education are crucial in bringing an end to human trafficking:
1.) 85 percent of survivors came in contact with a health care professional while being trafficked. (BEAZLEY INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH LAW AND POLICY)
2.) Of 500 resident physicians surveyed fewer than 10 percent suspected that they had encountered a human trafficking victim, and only 20 percent said they would know what to do if they encountered a victim. (Domestic Child Trafficking: Assessment of Pediatric Residents’ Knowledge and Educational Needs)
3.) Since pimps and traffickers generally exercise nearly complete control of their victims these points of contact with healthcare represent rare opportunities for victim identification and intervention. (Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Professional)
4.) Because of the hearsay exception in the Federal Rules of Evidence for statements made for medical treatment (regardless of whether the declarant testifies), statements by victims to healthcare professionals should usually be admissible in a trafficking prosecution. (Morgan v. Foretich)
5.) State legislators should draft and pass laws that require healthcare providers to undergo training on trafficking generally, including the basic warning signs and indicators for victim identification, techniques for communicating effectively with possible victims to assess their situations and determine victim status, and appropriate actions to take when a victim is identified. (Annals of Health Law)
We are looking forward to seeing Jerome again at this conference.
He will be presenting the following workshops and plenaries:
“Recovery and Reliance for Victims of Trauma” – 1 CEU
Co-presented with Dr. Gay
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
“Human Trafficking Panel”
Co-presented with Dr. Gay, Erik Bauer, Kate White, and others.
“Trafficked Boys: Bringing male victims of HT out of the shadows” – 1 CEU
Friday, May 4, 2018
Register for this two day conference here – https://igdid.org/conference-registration-2018-human-trafficking-conference-anchorage/
Seats are limited.
If you need help or have questions, contact me:
Pat Goodwin, President