Welcome JEROME ELAM, President and CEO: Trafficking in America Task Force Speaker 2017 Trauma and Dissociation Conference
Jerome Elam is President and CEO of Trafficking in America Task Force and 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.” Trafficking in America Task Force Web Site: http://traffickinginamericataskforce.org/ , Read Jerome’s Communities Digital News column here: A Heart Without Compromise; Advocating for Children: http://www.commdiginews.com/column/a-heart-without-compromise-advocating-for-children-2/ Stories by Jerome Elam : Contently jeromeelam.contently.com .
“Trafficked Boys: Bringing male victims of HT out of the shadows” – 1 CEU
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
San Juan Ballroom 3
Male victims of sex trafficking have historically been an invisible population. Recent developments have begun to raise the curtain on the expansive number of young boys being sexually trafficked in this country. During my presentation, I will present a comprehensive look at the issue of child sex trafficking and the evolution of the male victim. I will also present strategies for the education and prevention of child sex trafficking and discuss alternatives for the after care and recovery of male victims.
- Participants will learn about the dynamics of child sex trafficking in the United States including:
- The prevalence of child sex trafficking
- Ways/methods that child sex trafficking occurs in the United States
- Approaches to addressing child sex trafficking
- Participants will hear firsthand the story of a male survivor of child sex trafficking, and learn about:
- How being a male victim can impact an individual differently from female victims
- The role of trauma in a victim’s experience
- How being a victim at a young age (5) impacts an individual differently from individuals who became victims at a different point in their childhood
- Participants will be better prepared to identify and work with victims of child sex trafficking, by
- Better understanding the challenges a male victim of child sex trafficking faces in asking for help and sharing what has happened
- Recognizing methods/approaches that have worked successfully in the past for working with male/younger initial age victims
- Learning about potential warning signs or risk factors that males face in regards to child sex trafficking
“Human Trafficking Panel – Question – Answer, and Discussion” 2 CEU’s
Sunday October 22, 2017, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
San Juan Ballroom 1&2
Jerome will join David Calof, DAPA; Barbara Amaya, CDA, PhD, Kate White, Tom Cloyd, MS, MA, LMHC, and others to discuss education, personal experiences, and answer questions pertaining to ‘human trafficking – what is it, its affects on victims, statistics, etc.? Questions, from attendees, will be answered by the panel members. Discussion will ensue between panel members and audience.