“Human Trafficking: A West Michigan Reality,” an awareness and resources seminar for community members, educators and medical professionals, will be Monday, June 23, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Allegan General Hospital, 555 Linn St., Allegan.
Registration and refreshments starts at 5 p.m. with introductions at 5:15 p.m.
From 5:20 to 6:30 p.m. Carmen Kucinich, a victim specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will speak on the definition of human trafficking, statistics, grooming, recruiting, dynamics, potential federal charges and sentencing guidelines with local case examples and resources
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Andy Soper, founder of the Manasseh Project, trauma recovery center, will speak about the project’s spectrum of services to Grand Rapids and the state of Michigan in response to human trafficking in the Grand Rapids area. Soper will focus on the continuum of abuse, language assessment and identification.
From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sheila Meshinski, a staff development instructor for the emergency department at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Detroit and a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, will speak about victim identification, safety planning, common medical conditions and long-term treatment goals.
There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be available.
Reservations must be made by June 18 to Mary Whiteford, Michigan Women’s Commission by calling (269) 221-0101 or emailing marypwhiteford @gmail.com.