A free one-day conference for providers, social workers, first responders, and educators to learn how to help humans in need. You’ll learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of human trafficking, the steps (process and protocol) to take, the community resources available, and what the person will need for follow-up care. Sponsored by Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital.
Saturday, March 30, 9 am to 3 pm
Mascoma High School, 7 Royal Road, Canaan, NH
This conference is free with a donation to Bags of Hope (nonperishable food items, personal hygiene products, notes of encouragement, socks, etc.) or a small denomination gas or grocery gift card to WISE.
Registration is required.
8:30 to 9 am: Registration
9 to 10 am: Human Trafficking 101 with Meg Chant and Meghan Jenks
This training provides an overview of the essentials of human trafficking — including both the statutory elements of the crime and the dynamics of trafficking situations in the real world — and explore the complexities involved in supporting trafficking victims. The audience will gain an understanding of current trends in New Hampshire and the multidisciplinary approach to response and prevention utilized by the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force.
10 to 10:15 am: Break
10:15 to 11:30 am: Breakout Sessions (choose one)
- Inpatient & Outpatient Healthcare: Janet Carroll will discuss the approach to the patient when trafficking is a concern. This will include red flags, screening, healthcare needs of patients, and victim resources.
- Children and Youth: Erin Laskowski will work with participants to create greater understanding of how human trafficking happens in NH youth, including current trends, and provide a brief overview of the purpose of DCYF involvement in responding to human trafficking of minors.
- Community Resources: Kate Rohdenburg will provide an overview of the work of WISE in the community, including recognizing and responding to the needs of trafficking survivors. WISE’s legal services include immigration support for humanitarian immigrants in the U.S. and advocacy provides support across experiences of sexual exploitation.
- The Law Enforcement Perspective: Charlie Pendlebury, Detective Sheriff from Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office, discusses human trafficking from a law enforcement perspective and how it cannot be done without a collaborative effort and victim-centered approach.
11:30 am to 12 pm: Lunch and Networking
Join your colleagues for a free lunch in the cafeteria.
12 to 1:15 pm: Internet Crimes against Children Task Force
Lieutenant Bureau Commander Richard Norris and Officer Dean Bullock from the Lebanon Police Department provide an overview of the Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the investigative resources they use, and the types of cases seen and investigated in New Hampshire. Topics include child sexual abuse material cases, types of offenders, sextortion, online apps, and suggestions on how adults can keep children safe in an online world.
1:15 to 2:30 pm: Keynote Speaker: Jasmine Grace, founding director of Jasmine Grace Outreach
Jasmine Grace shares her story of surviving sex trafficking and addiction in a way that will leave listeners with a greater understanding of red flags, risk factors, the cycles of addiction and exploitation, and how victims can — and do — recover. There will be time for questions and answers.
2:30 to 3 pm: Wrap-up
Amanda Fay, MSN, RN, Clinical Educator and Program Development Coordinator at APD, wraps up the day.
Dean Bullock, Officer, Lebanon Police Department
Officer Bullock began his law enforcement career with the Lebanon Police Department in 2021. Officer Bullock is assigned to the patrol division along with the specialty units of bike patrol and Cyber Crimes. Officer Bullock is certified in Crisis Intervention Training. Officer Bullock participates in the New Hampshire Special Olympics Program as a law enforcement liaison. During 2022 and 2023 Officer Bullock was directly involved with fundraising for the Child Advocacy and Protection Program Team at Dartmouth Health.
Janet Carroll, Nurse Manager, Forensic Nursing Program at DHMC
Janet Carroll, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P has been a nurse for 24 years working as an Emergency Department Registered Nurse. She is currently the Nurse Manager of the Forensic Nursing Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and a NH Statewide SANE Program Director through the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She has provided more than 1,000 medical forensic exams in New Hampshire and Vermont hospitals.
Meg Chant, Program Director, New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Director, New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force
Meg Chant is a Program Director at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV). She also serves as the Director of the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force, providing support, collaboration, and coordination to task force partners in addressing human trafficking in New Hampshire. Prior to joining the Coalition, Meg served as a criminal justice system advocate with the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. In this role, Meg supported victims of felonies during the offenders’ incarceration/supervision, focusing on the parole process.
Jasmine Grace is the Founding Director of Jasmine Grace Outreach, an organization that helps individuals break free from drug addiction, sexual exploitation, and a hopeless way of life. She is also a human trafficking survivor.
Meghan Jenks, Program Specialist, NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Meghan Jenks is the Program Specialist at the NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. In this role, she manages the administrative and organizational duties of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program and coordinates the work of the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force (NHHTCTF). Meghan works closely with partners around the state and provides training and technical assistance to crisis centers and allied professionals regarding both SANE and human trafficking.
Erin Laskowski, Human Trafficking Program Specialist, New Hampshire Health & Human Service’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Erin Laskowski has worked in social services for more than 25 years. She worked for several years in child protection and in 2018 worked in juvenile justice, playing an active role in NH’s anti-trafficking efforts and locating missing youth from care. She continually works to develop and enhance programmatic initiatives and policies, trainings, and works to enhance anti-trafficking efforts within the division and statewide. Erin is the DCYF liaison to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, NH Internet Crimes Against Children (NH ICAC), Homeland Security, the NH Task Force Officers, and a core member of the NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force.
Richard Norris, Lieutenant Bureau Commander, Lebanon Police Department
Lieutenant Norris began his law enforcement career in 2005 and joined the Lebanon Police Department in 2007. Lieutenant Norris has held the positions of Patrol Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and Lieutenant. Lieutenant Norris has supervised the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit since 2017 and the unit has been awarded the Unit Citation Award by the Lebanon Police Department, the “Operation Cyber Guardian” award by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and a resolution by the City of Lebanon NH City Council.
Charlie Pendlebury, Detective Sergeant, Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office
Charles Pendlebury is the Detective Sergeant for the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office. He has been in law enforcement since 2012 and joined the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Task Force in January 2020. His goal is to spread awareness and educate on the topic of human trafficking.
Kate Rohdenburg is the Program Director at WISE. WISE leads the Upper Valley to end gender-based violence through survivor centered advocacy, prevention, education, and mobilization for social change. WISE is the federally recognized advocacy organization supporting sex trafficking survivors in the 23 towns of the Upper Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire. Kate supports the prevention and advocacy work of the organization.