CSUSM holds town hall on trafficking

CSUSM holds town hall on trafficking

— Law enforcement officials, students and others will discuss human trafficking and modern-day slavery during a town hall meeting with students at Cal State San Marcos University on Wednesday night.

Participants will gather into breakout sessions with experts to discuss the problem of human trafficking, and students will regroup into integrated action-planning sessions to explore options for addressing the problem. The event is not open to the public.

At both the dialogue sessions and the action planning sessions, consultants will be asked to offer their perspectives, experiences and ideas toward finding solutions.

Tom Jones, founder and director of The H.O.P.E. Project, an acronym for Healing, Outreach and Peer Empowerment, will be the keynote speaker. Jones is a survivor of molestation, rape and sex trafficking as a child.

Other speakers scheduled at the event include Danny Santiago, a special agent with the California Department of Justice and commander of the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, and Summer Stephan, a chief deputy district attorney who sits on the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force.

Marisa Ugarte, executive director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor, and Carolina Martin Ramos, director of the Casa Cornelia Law Center’s Human Trafficking Program, also are scheduled to attend.

The town hall meeting is a collaboration between CSUSM’s Division of Community Engagement and the Global Studies Department in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Scott Gross, CSUSM associate vice president of community engagement, said the university offers town hall meetings as a way of engaging students in civic discourse and helping them recognize their roles as agents of change

“Institutions of higher education have a responsibility to provide opportunities for students to see practical application of what they’re studying in their classes,” he said. “The town hall meeting is an excellent forum for that to happen.”

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