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Trafficking, Incarceration, & Survival: How the Criminal Legal System Harms Victims

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This 1-hour event followed by a 30-minute interactive panel Q&A will explain how forced criminality fits within the labor trafficking paradigm.

  • Hear from survivors and other experts as they discuss what it looks like when survivors are forced to commit crimes.
  • Increase your understanding of what it looks like when an underlying criminal offense is a part of a victim’s exploitation.
  • Listen to survivor experiences of the consequences of wrongful prosecution and play your part in creating a solution to a criminal legal system that does not fully recognize all victims.

Is this webinar for me?

This event is meant for providers who have existing knowledge of labor trafficking and are aware of best practices in client rapport building and support. 



James Dold is the Founder & CEO of Human Rights for Kids (HRFK). Prior to launching HRFK, James served as Advocacy Director and Chief Strategy Officer for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth where he developed and implemented the advocacy strategy that led to the quadrupling of states that ban life without parole sentences for children in the U.S. James also served as Senior Policy Counsel at Polaris Project where he led successful state legislative campaigns resulting in the passage of 40 new anti-human trafficking laws across the country. A survivor of child labor trafficking and sexual abuse himself, James was also the architect behind Nevada’s AB 146 in 2013 which criminalized involuntary servitude of a minor which was based on his experiences as a survivor.


Xavier McElrath-Bey is a Co-Executive Director of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and a co-founder of the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN), an initiative of CFSY, which seeks to amplify the stories and voices of leaders who were incarcerated as a youth. During his many years at the Campaign, Xavier has fought to abolish “life without parole” for children in America, and, in recent years, he played a role in ending this practice in several states—including Nevada, Utah, and Arkansas, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

Shamere McKenzie is a consultant, activist, subject matter expert on human trafficking and a sought-after award-winning internationally recognized speaker and trainer. Turning her past adversities into an opportunity to liberate and protect others, Shamere has brought about social and political change in America and around the world. Shamere has a strong passion for education and policy and is the Chief Executive Officer for Sun Gate Foundation, an anti-trafficking organization that provides educational opportunities for survivors of human trafficking. In addition, she serves as the Training Manager for the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the United States. She is also the co-chair of the victim’s services committee for the Maryland State Human Trafficking Task Force.

Carolina De Los Rios oversees the Suicide Prevention Lifeline program in Minneapolis which is responsible for providing free and confidential suicide risk assessment, emotional support, and crisis intervention. Carolina has over 14 years of experience overseeing social services and mental health programs for survivors of trauma. Carolina holds a doctorate in language, literacy and culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Towson University; and a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She also holds a graduate certificate in professional counseling studies from the University of Baltimore. Carolina is currently a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) program at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

Autumn Smith's passion is inspiring through Survivor Led leadership; current victims, survivors, and disenfranchised community members have a safe, judgment-free space to tap into their power individually and collaborate holistically on commonalities with others to courageously develop their lived narrative to impact felt change in their lives and communities.

Date Created: July 12, 2022