State’s Attorney hosts Human Trafficking Conference


The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host a conference beginning Tuesday, August 23, 2011,  that will bring local and national experts together to explore a wide range of topics relevant to the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases here in Cook County, according to the Office of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

State’s Attorney Alvarez and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald will kick off the conference with opening remarks Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at Loyola University’s downtown Chicago campus.  The two-day conference is part of State’s Attorney Alvarez’s ongoing efforts to combat the crime of human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. 

More than 150 people representing law enforcement, public and private human service agencies, medical personnel as well as academics from around the country are expected to attend the conference.  Attendees will hear from experts on topics that include identifying and responding to the medical and psychological needs of trafficking victims, forced labor trafficking, and corporate social responsibility surrounding the issue of human trafficking.   

Several survivors of labor and sex trafficking will also share their experiences as part of the program.

The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force is led in partnership by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the Salvation Army’s STOP IT Program, and the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA).

The conference will be held Aug. 23 and 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at Loyola University’s downtown Chicago campus, 111 E. Pearson, on the 16th floor in Regents Hall.