to Oct 30

Maryland Human Trafficking Professionals Seminar

This FREE conference will provide valuable information on the identification and investigation of human trafficking.

This training conference is for Victim Service Providers, Social Workers, Case Managers, Attorneys, and Law Enforcement.

For questions or additional information, please contact Steve Hess at 410-209-4930 or Frank Burch at 410-209-4953.

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STOP Human Trafficking Workshop
8:30 AM08:30

STOP Human Trafficking Workshop

  • Psychiatric Institute of Washington (map)
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The Psychiatric Institute of Washington will host a workshop, which will explore the complexities of human trafficking as one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world and United States today. It will focus on its effect and clinical interventions particularly in the most vulnerable communities.

For more information call (202) 465-5276 or bonita.bolden@uhsinc.com

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8:30 AM08:30

Howard County Conference on Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention: A Call to Action

Join Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Executive, and the Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council for an awareness and prevention event to combat human trafficking in our region.

For additional information, contact Sidney Ford, MSW, LCSW-C at saford@howardcountymd.gov or at 410-313-6658.

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8:30 AM08:30

2018 Interfaith Domestic Violence Conference

  • Judicial College Education and Conference Center (map)
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The Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition hosts the 2018 Interfaith Domestic Violence Conference. This year's theme is "Calling all Clergy - Uniting the Faith Based Community Against Domestic Violence".

For additional information, contact Jennifer Gray, Director of Interfaith Outreach, Governor’s Office of Community Initiative at jennifer.gray@maryland.gov.

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The Power of Partnership in Translational Research: Ruth Young Center for Families and Children Research Seminar Day
1:00 PM13:00

The Power of Partnership in Translational Research: Ruth Young Center for Families and Children Research Seminar Day

  • UMD School of Social Work Auditorium (map)
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Hosted by the University of Maryland School of Social Work

Schedule of Events …

1:00 Poster Presentations and Refreshments

1:30 Welcome and Introductions (Dr. Terry Shaw - Director of the Ruth Young Center)

1:40 Prevention Adolescent Research Initiative (PARI - Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr)

2:00 Child Welfare Accountability (Dr. Haksoon Ahn)

2:20 Adult Services (Dr. Amanda Lehning)

2:40 Child Support in Maryland (Letitia Logan Passarella)

3:00 National Center for Evidence Based Practices in Child Welfare (Karen Powell)

3:20 Cash Assistance in Maryland (Dr. Lisa Nicoli)

3:45 Tour of the Ruth Young Center

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JuST Conference 2017
to Oct 19

JuST Conference 2017

Save the Date!

The JuST Conference series, a sequence of events hosted by Shared Hope International, sheds light on juvenile sex trafficking. With speakers, thought leaders, and individuals passionate about activism, JuST events provide practical knowledge and actionable responses to raise awareness and ultimately end trafficking in local communities.

This unforgettable and nationally renowned conference features today’s most pressing issues facing professionals and advocates in the anti-trafficking field. Workshops focus on skill-building, survivor experiences, cross-discipline collaboration, case studies and lessons learned in the areas of investigation, prosecution and therapeutic services. With new speakers and an array of powerful new workshops, JuST 2017 will inspire action and educate attendees on how to tackle juvenile sex trafficking from all sides.

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MNADV’s Statewide Conference
9:00 AM09:00

MNADV’s Statewide Conference

Inform. Empower. Advocate.

Working to End Domestic Violence in Maryland

Conference Keynote Speaker:
Anna Melbin, Director of Network Growth and Strategy, Full Frame Initiative

Registration is now open! Click HERE to register. Registration EXTENDED to May 16, 2016! The first 150 people to register will be entered to win a gift basket.

  • MNADV Paid Members: $85 (social work CEUs are free if needed)
  • Non-Members: $100 (plus an additional $20 if social work CEUs are needed)
  • All conference workshops are approved by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions for police and corrections.
  • Questions about membership or payment? Contact officemanager@mnadv.orgor call 301-429-3601.

Agenda and Workshop Selections

(Click the workshop session to view workshops, presenters, and descriptions)

08:00—Registration, Networking, and Breakfast
09:15—Conference Keynote Speaker: Anna Melbin, Full Frame Initiative
10:15—Workshop Session I
12:45—Workshop Session II
02:30—Workshop Session III
04:30—Evaluations and Certificates

Questions about workshops, agenda, location, or accommodations? Contact aguthrie@mnadv.org or call 301-429-3601

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Taking "Paws": Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence who have Service Animals
6:00 PM18:00

Taking "Paws": Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence who have Service Animals

This training will focus on improving services for domestic violence survivors who have service animals.

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the roles and purposes of service animals
  • Describe the Maryland and federal laws that pertain to accommodations for people with disabilities and in particular people with service animals
  • Identify practical ways to accommodate, protect, and respond to service animals
  • Use best practices for serving survivors with service animals
  • Identify safety planning strategies for survivors with services animals.


  • Amber Guthrie, MA, Project Manager of Coalition Training and Technical Assistance, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
  • Katie Flory, Community Affairs Director, Maryland SPCA
  • Gary C. Norman, Esq. L.L.M, Attorney, Consultant, and State Civil Rights Commissioner

2 Category I Social work CEUs are available at no cost to MNADV members and $15 for non-members.

Free parking is available on-site.

Food will not be served. Please make prior arrangements.

For more information, email Amber at aguthrie@mnadv.org or call 301-429-3601

Click HERE to Register for this FREE Event!

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Race Against Traffick
8:30 AM08:30

Race Against Traffick

  • 303 International Circle Cockeysville, MD, 21030 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

5k run / walk to raise awareness and funds around human trafficking – modern–day slavery affecting children right here in the Baltimore area and around the world. Last year’s race made a very real difference, raising more than $40,000.00 to provide much-needed services!

Proceeds from the race will once again support the work of Araminta Freedom Initiative locally, with a portion gifted for work overseas through Justice Ventures International.


5K Run / Walk
$30 through April 30
$35 thereafter/through race day (no guarantee of t-shirt)

1K Family Fun Run/ Walk
FREE for kids under 5
$15 for participants 5 and older

For more information, visit http://aramintafreedom.org/race/

To register for this event, CLICK HERE

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JuST Faith Summit
to Apr 22

JuST Faith Summit

  • A Church Distributed Northland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What is the JuST Faith Summit?

Children are being bought and sold for sex every night—in America. We, the church, have a mighty role in addressing and stopping this tragedy, if we are ready and willing. Join us for three days of inspiring speakers and workshops to gain practical knowledge on how to address trafficking in your community. The JuST Faith Summit draws on the success and leadership of Shared Hope International’s annual JuST Conference to bring learning and action to the faith community. Learn from survivors, law enforcement, prosecutors, recovery ministries, and experienced restoration home providers about the critical need to engage the church in this battle.

Shared Hope

Shared Hope International is an anti-trafficking organization that provides leadership in awareness, training, prevention strategies, restorative care, research, and policy initiatives. Shared Hope hosts the JuST Conference—the premiere conference on juvenile sex trafficking—in Washington, D.C. each year, drawing hundreds of national experts, leaders, professionals, and advocates.

Northland Church

Northland, A Church Distributed, is a Florida-based congregation of 20,000. Their church is not just a building, but a network of spiritual families that take the church to other people, every day. 121Hope is Northland’s response to human trafficking—bringing hope to victims and survivors and empowering local abolitionists.

To learn more about the JuST Faith Summit: CLICK HERE

To register for this event: CLICK HERE

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2016 Maryland Crime Victims' Rights Conference
9:00 AM09:00

2016 Maryland Crime Victims' Rights Conference

The first annual Maryland Crime Victims’ Rights Conference, under the auspices of the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) and the State Board of Victim Services, will provide an overview of crime victims’ rights under the state of Maryland law - insuring that all crime victims are treated with dignity, respect and compassion during all phases of the criminal justice process. 

The Conference will further provide for attendees to listen, learn and network with speakers and peers about all emerging victims’ issues and solutions.  The Maryland Community, on a whole, is invited to attend and share their experiences, while learning about innovative approaches to treating safe communities and empowering victims. 

Some of the topics will include Human Trafficking, Justice Reinvestment, Family Justice Centers, Victim Compensation, Victim Rights Laws, Identity Theft & Fraud, Underserved Populations, Cyber Crimes, Interventions or Child Victims, and Illuminations…artwork creating change…about being a victim…about being a victimizer. 

Gear up for this one-day event of networking with experts in the field of victims’ rights and gain knowledge, training and the practical skills necessary to provide effective service to victims of crime. 

Lunch (buffet & sandwiches) will be available for nominal fee at the Doubletree hotel.  Free parking is available on-site.   

Questions? Contact the organizer at service@conferencesandeventsllc.com or Call 1 (888) 891-9705.


  • Attendee registration limit is 500
  • check-in begins at 8:00 a.m
  • Admission is free but you must register online. There is no onsite registration.  Print and bring your confirmed registration and picture ID.
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27th Annual Maryland Statewide Memorial Services for Crime Victims & their Families
1:00 PM13:00

27th Annual Maryland Statewide Memorial Services for Crime Victims & their Families

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Maryland's 27th Annual Statewide Memorial Services will be held in Cecil, Charles, Frederick and Kent Counties on Sunday, April 10, 2016.   These services of hope and remembrance honor Maryland's murdered and missing victims while uniting families and friends of crime victims, victim service professionals, and public officials.  The memorial services are sponsored by the Maryland State Board of Victim Services and the State's Attorney's Offices in each of the four regions.

Each year, the services mark the beginning of Maryland's observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and feature inspirational speakers, musical performances, and quiet reflection. Family members, advocates and volunteers will read the names of over 3,000 Maryland homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and missing crime victims.

Additional events are planned across Maryland in recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Invitations and registration forms (English and Spanish) may be downloaded on the website, http://www.goccp.maryland.gov/victim/memorial-services.php.

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JuST (Juvenile Sex Trafficking) Conference 2015
to Nov 13

JuST (Juvenile Sex Trafficking) Conference 2015


Don’t miss your chance to learn from and network with hundreds of individuals with backgrounds in service delivery, investigation, prosecution, outreach and community mobilization. This year’s conference will be held at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.


John Cotton Richmond   U.S. Department of Justice Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit    Click here to read John’s Bio

John Cotton Richmond

U.S. Department of Justice
Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit

Click here to read John’s Bio

Bonnie Martin, LPC   Psychotherapist, Educator, Consultant    Click here to read Bonnie’s Bio

Bonnie Martin, LPC

Psychotherapist, Educator, Consultant

Click here to read Bonnie’s Bio


This year Shared Hope is offering pre-conference sessions for registered attendees on November 11, including:

  1. Technical and professional development seminar: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  2. Six workshop options: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm  (CLOSED. THESE WORKSHOPS ARE FULL.)
  3. Survivor-only workshops: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For details, visit their pre-conference webpage. Availability is limited and sessions will close when capacity has been reached. Please review the selections before registering.


Shared Hope's goal is to ensure you have the space to access the workshops you want! This year they require registrants to pre-select their workshops to assist them in the planning process. View the session descriptions before registering. Please note that some workshops are restricted to sworn law enforcement and prosecutors only.


The conference registration fee provides access to all pre-conference workshops (lunch on your own), attendance at the main conference, lunch on November 12-13 and access to the networking reception the evening of November 12. Breakfast will not be provided. Attendees must arrange their own transportation to/from the hotel.


For additional questions or concerns, contact Shared Hope’s Director of Training at Elizabeth@sharedhope.org. We look forward to seeing you in November at the 2015 JuST Conference!


Join Shared Hope at the beautiful Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center located in National Harbor, only minutes from D.C. Attendees will enjoy an enhanced conference experience at a larger venue with a four-star hotel package. The Gaylord is situated along the Potomac River, providing gorgeous views of the harbor, access to restaurants, nightlife and shopping areas. Take advantage of special conference pricing of $144/night (+$18 resort fee) and a daily discount on parking.

Rooms are available Tuesday, November 10 through Friday, November 13, with extremely limited availability Tuesday and Friday nights. If you plan to attend pre-conference activities, please review the pre-conference workshops before making travel plans. The agenda was designed to allow attendees the option of traveling the morning of November 11. The Gaylord will honor the special rate (based on availability) for two days following the conference if you would like to stay the weekend in D.C.

There are a variety of transportation options between Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and the Gaylord Resort including Uber, taxis and shuttle services. The Gaylord Resort offers departures to/from the airport every 20 minutes through Super Shuttle. You may purchase one-way or roundtrip transportation in advance. Attendees who drive are eligible for a small discount on daily parking at the Gaylord.

Book with the Shared Hope room block here
**Tuesday night rooms are sold out but there are plenty of rooms for Wednesday- Saturday. You are encouraged to book via the discounted rate at the Gaylord and seek a Tuesday night room elsewhere if needed, or extend your stay at a later date if/when a room opens up. Deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. For a full refund, you must notify the hotel three days prior to your arrival.


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Good News About Shame:  Healing the Emotional Wound of Trauma
8:30 AM08:30

Good News About Shame: Healing the Emotional Wound of Trauma

  • Annandale United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


9:00am - 11:00am: Dr. Thompson
11:00am - 11:30am: Q&A
11:30am - 12:00pm: Book signing for both of his books, The Anatomy of the Soul and his new release The Soul of Shame.

Dr. Thompson's seminar will help you better understand the areas in the body and brain where sex trafficking survivors tend to get stuck and how spirituality plays a major role in helping them heal.

People who attend this seminar will learn:

  • the biblical intention of relationships
  • the nature of shame: how it affects the brain and relationships
  • the particular role shame plays in sexual trauma
  • concrete steps toward healing shame
  • the significance of covenantal community in moving us from shame to joy
  • that we cannot assist anyone in the healing of their shame if we are not addressing the shame in our own lives.

Who Should Attend?

This event is for anyone who is interested in learning how interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) can help sex trafficking survivors overcome shame:

  • Youth Workers
  • Lay Counselors
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Mentors
  • Clergy
  • Outreach Workers

Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia.  He graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital.  He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His clinical focus has been the treatment of adults, adolescents, and families.  He is actively engaged in learning and education as he supervises clinical employees and facilitates ongoing education groups for patients and colleagues.  Throughout his career his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality.  He is a frequent speaker on the topic at workshops, conferences, and retreats.

For the past several years that interest has taken a more specific turn to addressing how new findings in the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology reflect important tenants of Christian faith, and now are providing opportunities to reflect on, understand, and experience that same faith in fresh, trustworthy ways. He has specific expertise in the area of interpersonal neurobiology, and is now training other clinicians in the same material.  

He and his wife Phyllis are the parents of two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia.  He serves as an elder at Washington Community Fellowship, a congregation of the Mennonite church, in Washington, D.C.  His duties there have included preaching, teaching, and oversight for the fellowship's healing prayer ministry.  He and his wife (a licensed clinical social worker) frequently provide premarital counseling services for couples in their congregation.

Sponsors: Restoration Ministries & Annandale United Methodist Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force


Owner: Restoration Ministries

Restoration Ministries


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7:00 PM19:00

Araminta's Freedom Night at the Orioles

Join us Friday, September 11, at 7:05 p.m. for a night celebrating our hometown team (playing the Kansas City Royals) while raising awareness of child sex trafficking in Baltimore.

You don't want to miss this awesome night!

As a bonus, it's Sweatshirt Night at the O's, with the first 25,000 fans (15 and over) receiving a free hooded Orioles sweatshirt. Arrive early and hang out with us at Cafe Tesfa, then take advantage of the added giveaway!

Join us before the game at Cafe Tesfa (located one block from the stadium at 625 Washington Blvd.) for coffee, food, and fellowship. We'll be there from 4:30 p.m. through the first inning with t-shirts for sale and general information.

If you already have an Araminta T-shirt, please help us raise awareness by wearing it to the game. T-shirts and meals also may be pre-ordered on Café Tesfa’s EventBrite page. (No need to pre-order standard coffee/tea/drink items.)


More Ways to Engage:

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Maryland Lobby Day to End Human Trafficking
5:00 PM17:00

Maryland Lobby Day to End Human Trafficking

  • Maryland House Office Building - Room 170 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join us in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 as we tell our legislators that we want them to take action on human trafficking in the state of Maryland.

The Bills:

This year, we are supporting one or more bills. See “Bill Summaries” for a one-page summary of the bills we’re supporting during the 2014 legislative session. Each bill has a separate “Issue Brief,” linked below, with more background and details.  These are helpful to read in preparation for lobby day.  We will have a short session on lobby day to review the bills and discuss tips for effective advocacy.


Bill Summaries:

Task Force Supported Legislation 2015


Issue Briefs:

Affirmative Defense

Safe Harbor Policy


Legislator Appointments:

We encourage you to make appointments with your legislator any time after 6:30pm! Stop by your legislators office to tell them you want to see human trafficking in Maryland stopped and which bills you want them to support. It is not mandatory to make appointments ahead of time, however, you have a better chance of meeting with your legislator in person if you schedule an appointment ahead of time. Otherwise you may be able to meet with a staff member or leave a hand-written note.


Do you know who your legislator is? Find out by visiting MDelect and enter your full home address into the Address search bar at the top of the page.

Scheduling an Appointment with your Legislator:

  1. Go to MDelect and type in your full home address
  2. Click on your senator and delegates in the panel on the left side of the screen to find their contact information.
  3. Contact your senator and delegates via phone and/or email asking for a 10-15 min. appointment to discuss legislation on an important issue to you—human trafficking in Maryland.


  1. Try not to schedule appointments too closely together as you might take up to 5-10 minutes to walk from one meeting to the next.
  2. Our goal is to have all one-on-one legislative meetings occur after 6:30pm.  We would not recommend scheduling a meeting during our information session (5:00pm-5:45pm). 

RSVP is not mandatory, but is helpful for planning purposes

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The Human Trafficking/Substance Abuse Relationships Training
8:00 AM08:00

The Human Trafficking/Substance Abuse Relationships Training

  • Towson University, Smith Hall, Room 0264 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This training is for Service providers who work with survivors of human trafficking and other at-risk youth and young adult populations (homeless, runaway).  Many Survivors not only suffer the effects of physical and mental trauma, but also the effects of substance abuse and many times substance addiction.  We will talk about the effects of these trauma situations, the possible relationship of illegal street drugs, addiction, treatment, the treatment referral system, the current overdose situation, etc.

Towson University, Smith Hall, Room 0264


8:00                 Registration

8:30                 Addiction Overview

9:00                 Trauma – the Silent Player

9:15                 Drug Trends:  See, Smell, Recognize

9:35                 Drug Interactions: Street Drug Pharmacology 

9:50                 Motivational Interviewing

10:00               Break

10:15               Creating a Conversation with Motivational Interviewing

11:00               PDMP,   Overdose Response Program/Naloxone

11:45               Break

12:00               Treatment/ Referral to Treatment

1:00                 End


Please feel free to circulate to all who may be interested!!  To register please follow the link:   http://htsa.eventbrite.com

Any question, please contact Jim Hedrick, GOCCP, jhedrick@goccp.state.md.us

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Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking
9:00 AM09:00

Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

  • 1801 McCormick Dr Upper Marlboro, MD, 20774 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Event Details

At this free public awareness workshop, participants will learn protocols for identi-fying and responding to domestic violence and human trafficking, and recognize barriers to identification and services. Participants will have the opportunity to net-work with other providers in their region to discuss successful ways of responding to domestic violence and human trafficking within their community.


Erin Boguski, MS, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence Amber Guthrie, MA, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence D. Michael Lyles, Esq., The Prince George's County Human Relations Commission Aaliyah Muhhamed, JD, Baltimore City Office of the State's Attorney Terri R. Ricks, JD, MD Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services


Free parking is available in the parking lot of the building. Overflow parking is available behind the Largo Government Center Buildings 1 or 2 across the street.

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Annual Freedom Conference
4:00 PM16:00

Annual Freedom Conference

Learn and discuss how  communities and individuals can not only REACT to the atrocity of human trafficking but also how to RESPOND. The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, Baltimore County Commission for Women, Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, and the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission are challenging members of every Maryland community to help restore FREEDOM to victims of human trafficking and END THIS atrocity in our state!

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Law Enforcement Only Training Opportunity
8:00 AM08:00

Law Enforcement Only Training Opportunity

  • Metropolitan Police Department Academy (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Friday, December 5, 2014, the Training Committee of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force and the Metropolitan Police Department are hosting  a day long symposium on human trafficking.  The morning session will consist of a newly developed professional training for patrol officers and other first responders.  The afternoon sessions will consist of case studies on sex and labor trafficking.  This is an amazing opportunity for law enforcement.  Please see the flyer below, sign up and forward to your law enforcement contacts.

Sorry, to non-law enforcement members.  We anticipate a follow up training for NGOs and other members.

Space is limited, first come, first serve.

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