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HT Awareness week poster lssuHuman trafficking community awareness is coming across the Upper Peninsula this month with special presentations. The recently re-established Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) teamed with the Department of Justice, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, several Upper Peninsula law enforcement agencies and other local experts in the field to bring human trafficking community awareness to the U.P. during Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 22, the group will be making presentations across the U.P. at local colleges and universities. Featured speakers talk about signs to look for in both victims and traffickers, who can be a target of human trafficking, federal and state laws regarding human trafficking and previous local and national cases.

The presentations begin in Sault Ste. Marie on Monday:
Jan. 22, 10-11:30 a.m., LSSU Arts Center Theater Room, Sault Ste. Marie
Jan. 22, 2:30-4 p.m., Bay Mills Casino Horizon Conference Center
Jan. 23, 10-11:30 a.m., Bay West, Iron Mountain, Rm 231
Jan. 23, 7-8 p.m., Besse Theater, Escanaba
Jan. 24, 2018 10:00-11:30 a.m., Lindquist Student and Conference Center-Upper Level Conference Room, Ironwood
Jan. 24, 6:30-8p.m., Jutila Center Rm 323, 200 Michigan St., Hancock
Jan. 25, 10-11:30 a.m., Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B, Houghton
Jan. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Wabanung, Campus L’Anse, Rm 400

Featured speakers include Leslie A. Hagen from the Department of Justice and Special Agent Todd Wilton, assigned to Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI). Hagen is the DOJ’s first national Indian Country training coordinator. In this position, Hagen is responsible for planning, developing and coordinating training in a broad range of matters relating to the administration of justice in Indian Country. Hagen authored a recent national publication on combatting trafficking in tribal communities and in 2016 created a video training project focused on sex trafficking of Alaska Natives.

There will be time for questions and answers after each presentation and a brief invitation to any participants to join the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force by the current task force group leader/administrator, Marlene Mottes, victim advocate from the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Michigan, Marquette Office and other task force members.

For more detailed event information please contact Mottes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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