JuST Webinar Series: Assessing Culpability

August, 2022
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JuST Webinar Series: Assessing Culpability

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Collaboration is key to any human trafficking response, but imperative where the complexity of victim-offender dynamics is not easily understood or revealed. This presentation was designed to provide service providers and criminal justice professionals with the strategies to uncover the reality of the victim’s involvement in the trafficking organization. Presenters provided insight to assessing the culpability of individuals who were identified as both victims and offenders and share suggestions to assist in trauma-informed and appropriate responses. If you need access to the transcript for this webinar, please email training@sharehope.org.

Collaboration is key to any human trafficking response, but imperative where the complexity of victim-offender dynamics is not easily understood or revealed. This presentation was designed to provide service providers and criminal justice professionals with the strategies to uncover the reality of the victim’s involvement in the trafficking organization. Presenters provided insight to assessing the culpability of individuals who were identified as both victims and offenders and share suggestions to assist in trauma-informed and appropriate responses. If you need access to the transcript for this webinar, please email training@sharehope.org.

Shamere McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Sun Gate Foundation

Shamere McKenzie is a consultant, activist, subject matter expert on human trafficking and a sought-after award winning internationally recognized speaker and trainer. Shamere has a strong passion for education and policy and is the Chief Executive Officer for Sun Gate Foundation, an anti-trafficking organization that provides educational opportunities for survivors of human trafficking. Additionally, she serves as the Training Manager for the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Shamere is also the co-chair for the victim’s services committee of the Maryland State Human Trafficking Task Force. As a former Program Director, she authored an anti-trafficking program from the ground up and oversaw an emergency residential program for adult survivors of human trafficking. In 2018, Shamere responded to a call from the Ministry of Justice in her birthplace, Jamaica, and currently serves as the first appointed Anti-Human Trafficking Ambassador for Jamaica.

Jane Anderson, JD, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas

Jane Anderson brings her expertise in prosecuting domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking to her role as an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas. Prior to joining AEquitas, Jane served as an Assistant State Attorney with Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County. As a prosecutor, she tried many of the state’s first human trafficking cases, including related sexual assault, child abuse, and money laundering crimes. In her role as a founding member of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Human Trafficking Unit and Task Force, Jane developed policies and procedures to better identify and provide necessary services to trafficking victims, while ensuring offender accountability through the use of digital evidence and creative charging decisions.

Aequitas: www.aequitasresource.org
Just Exits: www.justexits.org
Sun Gate Foundation: https://www.sun-gate.org/

Shared Hope’s Victim Offender Intersectionality Report and resources: https://sharedhope.org/what-we-do/bring-justice/just-response-council/voi/

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