Policy Experts to Speak at NFWL Human Trafficking Summit

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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Immediate Release: Policy Experts to Address Elected Women at National Human Trafficking Summit



Media Inquires:
Meghan Cusick,703-518-7931, meghan@womenlegislators.org


(Alexandria, VA) – The National Foundation for Women Legislators is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for their 2016 Human Trafficking Summit in the DC Metro area, June 16-17. This event will include speakers and presentations from national organizations that work to fight human trafficking, offering elected women from across the country who specialize in this legislative area unique insights into the issue. Part of the mission of NFWL is to educate elected women on the pressing policy issues of the day. This Summit encourages the building of alliances and fosters a safe environment for sharing ideas and learning about new initiatives and programs through the keynote speakers, panel discussions, leadership development, topic training, and roundtable discussions. Presentations throughout the Summit will offer elected women new perspectives and innovative ideas that may inevitably lead to policy resolutions and legislation in their respective states.

Elected women attendees will join Summit Co-Chairs, Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons and Montana State Representative Kimberly Dudik, for a day and half long discussion on one of the most critical issues in America today, Child Sex Trafficking. NFWL has a long history of supporting the movement to end human trafficking, which includes working with the Department of Justice, and hosting roundtables and policy discussions at their events over the years, including the 2014 and 2015 Annual Conferences in Philadelphia, PA, and Oklahoma City, OK. This Summit is an effort to continue bringing elected women information about human trafficking issues in the states, through policy experts from organizations that specialize in human trafficking solutions.


The following speakers will be presenting:

Tina Frundt, Founder & Executive Director, Courtney’s House

Tammy Sneed, Director of Gender Responsive Adolescent Services, Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Ian Kitterman, Policy Specialist, Demand Abolition

Michelle Guelbart, Director of Private Sector Engagement, EPCAT USA

Faiza Mathon-Mathieu, Director of Public Policy, ECPAT USA

Sandra Berchtold, SSA, FBI – Violent Crimes Against Children Section

Malika Saada Saar, Senior Counsel: Civil and Human Rights, Google

Melissa Snow, Child Sex Trafficking Specialist, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Jessica Neely, Advocate, Refuge for Women

Steve Wagner, Founder, Renewal Forum

Susan Norris, Founder & Executive Director, Rescuing Hope

Former Congresswoman Linda Smith, Founder & President, Shared Hope International

Rachel Harper, Policy Counsel, Shared Hope International

Christine Raino, Director of Public Policy, Shared Hope International

Stacie Rumenap, President, Stop Child Predators


“This summit will open your eyes to the atrocities of human trafficking,” said the Summit Co-Chair, Michigan Senator Judy Emmons, “It will expose the immediacy of this crisis in America: hiding in plain sight in the pews at church, in the grocery stores, and even in our own neighborhoods.”


About the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Inc. (NFWL)

Through annual educational and networking events, the National Foundation for Women Legislators supports elected women from all levels of governance.   As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, NFWL does not take ideological positions on public policy issues, but rather serves as a forum for women legislators to be empowered through information and experience. www.womenlegislators.org


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