Human Trafficking: Vulnerabilities That They Can Exploit

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The fourth episode of season 2 of All the Rage focuses on the perpetrators. To cover such a broad topic, we broke it into three segments: slave owners internationally, sex traffickers here in the US, and the johns.

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downloadAustin Choi-Fitzpatrick is a writer and professor at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He is the author of What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do(2017) and co-editor of From Human Trafficking to Human Rights (2012). His newest book Protest Tech: How Social Movements Use Disruptive Technology, explores the ways movements use tools and technologies to bring social change. Shorter work has appeared in Slate, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Huffington Post, and Aeon (as well as in academic journals most people have never heard of).

rachelthomasA graduate of UCLA with a Masters in Education and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking and mentoring.  As Director of Sowers Education Group, she has educated and inspired a wide range of audiences including teens, social service providers, churches,
teachers, college students, and law enforcement. Sowers’ intervention curriculum Ending The Game is being used by over 170 facilitators in 8 states and helps survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the trafficking lifestyle.

Since 2012, Rachel has reached over 36,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine and ABC’s Newsmakers.  Rachel was also honored by Congressman Ed Royce of California’s 39th district and Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe for her leadership and trafficking prevention efforts. To learn more about Sowers or Rachel Thomas, please visit www.SowersEducationGroup.com.

Jody Haskin is the Program Director and Anti-Trafficking Specialist at IOFA. Jody has worked to support and lead various anti-trafficking programs for IOFA since 2013.  Currently, Jody leads the Training and Technical Assistance initiative funded through the Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women. Jody has trained both professionals and community leaders on the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSE) and child labor trafficking through the Asian American Trafficking Outreach Project (AATOP) in Chicago, and has contributed to curricula and handbook development to guide child welfare professionals in identifying and responding to child trafficking for the New York Office of Children and Family Services. Jody graduated from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) at the University of Denver with a Master’s degree in International Human Rights with a concentration in Human Trafficking and Public Policy. While attending JKSIS, Jody was a member of the Human Trafficking Center, in which she completed research on human trafficking in Canada, as well as its effects on the security of the U.S. and Canadian border. Jody was also a Fellow at Polaris in Washington D.C., where she worked to support the training and technical assistance department in its human trafficking trainings to community members, law enforcement, and the hotel industry. Jody’s foundation of her passion for social justice and human rights stems from her education in Social Work at Western Michigan University.

Matt WilsonMatthew Wilson is a Sergeant Investigator for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew was hired in 2006 and has worked in the Patrol Division, Court Security and the multijurisdictional Drug Task Force before being promoted to his new position in January, 2017. Matthew’s current assignment is to investigate human trafficking as well assist with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC).