According to the US Department of Justice, the average age a person is targeted and trafficked is between the ages of 12 – 14 years old. Human Trafficking is a crime that plagues the United States. Therefore, this workshop will provide participants the opportunity to study the issue of sex and labor trafficking in order to foster awareness and learn how to identify and respond to potential victims within the state of Maryland.
Event Coordinator: Iona Rudisill, LGSW - Lead Forensic Interviewer, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
Iona Rudisill is a certified National Victim’s Advocate for victims of child abuse. Iona is an expert in forensic interviewing and its national and international protocols. Iona serves as the Lead Forensic Interviewer at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center. Iona has co-developed interview scripts to determine the identity and behaviors of persons involved in violent crimes against children and intellectually disabled adults as well as delivered statewide and national trainings about the importance of conducting forensic interviews for Domestic Minors of Sexual Trafficking (DMST). As a member and certified trainer of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF), Iona has delivered trainings related to DMST.