2018 Conference


Office of Global Education

International & Global Studies Program

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society

Scholars Strategy Network

Keynote Speakers


Moninda Marube

UMF Community Health & Labor Trafficking Survivor


Catherine Geren

Hope Rising & Human Trafficking Survivor

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Tricia Grant

Survivor of Trafficking & Survivor Leader

Rachel Goble

USA President of The Freedom Story (formerly The Sold Project)

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FRIDAY, April 6

6:30pm - 9:30pm      Lincoln Auditorium

Screening of "I Am Jane Doe"

Directed by Mary Mazzio


9:00-9:15am             Lincoln Auditorium


Dr. Katherine Foster, President of UMF


Organizer Opening Remarks

Moninda Marube, UMF Community Health & Labor Trafficking Survivor


Panel Discussion with Survivors of Human Trafficking


Coffee/Tea Break


Keynote Speech

Rachel Goble, USA President of The Freedom Story

(Formerly The Sold Project)


Lunch Break


Afternoon Breakout Sessions I


Coffee/Tea Break


Reception in the Fusion Space (117 South Street)



Staged Reading of “Body and Sold”

by Deborah Lake Fortson, Tempest Productions


Rachel Goble

USA President of the Freedom Story



Run by and for women, it brings hope and joy, life and light into the lives of women who otherwise fall between the cracks of the social service system. They are forgotten mothers, daughters, sisters and wives, many of whom are the most wounded of our society and have no support system elsewhere. Wisdom”s Center for those guests, is a sanctuary of sorts.

Family Violence Project provides temporary emergency housing for people fleeing domestic abuse or who are homeless because of an abusive domestic partner. Shelter residents live in a cooperative, communal space with minimal supervision by staff. Shelter advocates offer individual advocacy and group support. Advocates will assist with safety planning, referrals, and assistance connecting with other community-based resources.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, is a progressive, friendly, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to provide high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care. The 65-bed hospital is fully qualified and accredited to handle a broad range of medical, surgical, pediatric, women’s care, and diagnostic services. The hospital actively works with the community and with other health care providers to integrate services and ensure the health of people within its service area.

Freedom Cafe

The Freedom Cafe seeks to end human trafficking and the commercial exploitation of all people by providing consistent community engagement, education, and a simple way to fund the work necessary for a traffic-free world.

Our scholarships and resources empower at-risk Thai students to stay in school, pursue their dreams, and break the cycle of poverty and exploitation. Our efforts in the US are centered around telling dignifying stories that encourage people to become a part of changing our world for the better.

Maine's first residential treatment program for women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and need a safe place to heal and rebuild their lives. For the safety of our clients, the location of Hope Rising is not publicly disclosed. 

I AM JANE DOE chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, Victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. 

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) provides free and low-cost immigration information and legal assistance to low-income Maine residents. ILAP helps Maine's immigrants keep their families together, gain protection from persecution and domestic violence, attain residency and work authorization, and become proud U.S. citizens.

The International Association of Forensic Nurses is the recognized authority on forensic nursing.  The Association is the catalyst for universal access to forensic nursing care for patients impacted by violence and trauma. Its members are sought out by the public, policymakers, media, governments and worldwide healthcare systems for their expertise and knowledge.

The Junior League of Portland is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Portland reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

Not Here Justice in Action Network (NHJAN) is a grassroots effort to facilitate collaboration with key members of society to address the threats of human trafficking and exploitation, child abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality. We are especially concerned about the impact on vulnerable children globally and domestically.

The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) mobilizes collaborative community action with and on behalf of a statewide network of Domestic Violence Resource Centers to ensure that all people affected by domestic abuse and violence in Maine are restored to safety and that perpetrators are held accountable.

The Moninda Movement

The Moninda Movement is one man's mission to spread awareness of human trafficking and to end the labor trafficking of elite athletes and more. Moninda embarked on a 3,700 mile cross-country educational running tour, starting in July of 2015. You can be part of this great movement by sharing the word, donating to the cause, running with Moninda, inviting Moninda to your organization, school or church to inspire more through his amazing story.

Not Here Justice in Action Network (NHJAN) is a grassroots effort to facilitate collaboration with key members of society to address the threats of human trafficking and exploitation, child abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality. We are especially concerned about the impact on vulnerable children globally and domestically.

Since 1977, our goals of providing emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, promoting ways to foster healthy relationships, educating the community about the seriousness and prevalence of this crime, and working toward legislative change so that communities no longer tolerate this abuse—have guided us in developing a strong safety net for victims of domestic abuse seeking support, assistance, and a life free from the threat of further violence.

With a combined history of over 90 years, the rape-crisis centers serving Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties have worked for change by educating our communities and supporting victim-survivors of rape, child sexual abuse and other forms of sexual violence.

Women At Risk, International unites and educates men and women to create circles of protection and hope around those at risk through culturally sensitive, value-added intervention projects and partnerships.

Engaging the community to encourage and inspire survivorship

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Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself

By Rachel Lloyd

With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape "the life." Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

By Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet with extraordinary women struggling there. Among them is a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. 

Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight

By Stephanie Hepburn and Rita Simon

This unprecedented study of sex trafficking, forced labor, organ trafficking, and sex tourism across twenty-four nations highlights the experiences of the victims, perpetrators, and anti-traffickers involved in this brutal trade. Combining statistical data with intimate accounts and interviews, journalist Stephanie Hepburn and justice scholar Rita J. Simon create a dynamic volume sure to educate and spur action.

Renting Lacy: A Story of America's Prostituted Children

By Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma

Forced into a life they never chose, manipulated, abused and tortured at the hands of the pimps who control them, our country’s children are sold on the streets, on the internet and at truck stops across America every night. They aren’t bad kids who made bad choices. They are victims of child sex trafficking.

They come from our neighborhoods, our schools, our churches, and sometimes our own homes. Author Linda Smith brings to life characters based on real stories and interviews with teen survivors. Meet Lacy and Star as they reveal the underbelly of our country's commercial sex trade.

Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

By Siddharth Kara

Every year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, coerced to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. These trafficked sex slaves form the backbone of one of the world's most profitable illicit enterprises and generate huge profits for their exploiters, for unlike narcotics, which must be grown, harvested, refined, and packaged, sex slaves require no such "processing," and can be repeatedly "consumed."

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today

By Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter

In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In The Slave Next Door we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the local department store. In these pages we also meet some unexpected slaveholders, such as a 27-year old middle-class Texas housewife who is currently serving a life sentence for offenses including slavery. Weaving together a wealth of voices—from slaves, slaveholders, and traffickers as well as from experts, counselors, law enforcement officers, rescue and support groups, and others—this book is also a call to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime.


By Patricia McCormick

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

Academic Journals


Beneath the master narrative: human trafficking, myths of sexual slavery and ethnographic realities

Edward Snajdr (2013)               DOI: 10.1007/s10624-013-9292-3

Beyond anti-anti-trafficking

Johan Lindquist (2013)             DOI: 10.1007/s10624-013-9310-5

Cultural Oppression and Human Trafficking: Exploring the Role of Racism and Ethnic Bias

Thema Bryant-Davis & Pratyusha Tummala-Narra (2017)            

                                                                         DOI: 10.1080/02703149.2016.1210964

Trafficking in Narratives: Conceptualizing and Recasting Victims, Offenders, and Rescuers in the War on Human Trafficking

Sabrina Balgamwalla


15 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking

Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking. Here are just a few ideas to consider. Created by the U.S. Department of State.

How Your Consumer Choices Can Help Stop Human Trafficking

As uncomfortable and unpleasant as it is to hear about human trafficking, it is a social problem that’s alive and kicking in communities across the United States. And while no one truly wants to hear the horrific examples of human rights violations, it’s vitally important that Americans become more aware of the problem.

Tech groups: Not so fast on FOSTA-SESTA

TECH GROUPS: NOT SO FAST ON FOSTA-SESTA: A coalition of tech and other groups is urging House and Senate leadership this morning to slow down before taking up a new version of anti-sex-trafficking legislation. The letter, signed by TechFreedom, Engine, FreedomWorks, Citizens Outreach, R Street Institute and the Committee for Justice, makes a plea to lawmakers: Think this through before it hits the House floor — which it’s slated to do next week. The new measure would combine the Senate’s bill, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, S. 1693 (115), with the House version, H.R. 1865 (115), the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.

Misinformation campaign is at the center of opposition to common sense sex trafficking legislation

To close an unconscionable loophole created by the courts in lawsuits brought by children sold online for sex, the House of Representatives passed sensible, narrowly tailored legislation. This bill clarifies that websites, such as Backpage.com, that knowingly partner with sex traffickers and sell sex trafficking victims online, can be sued for damages and held accountable under state anti-trafficking criminal laws.

The Smoke Screen That’s Obscuring the Voices of Survivors – Why We Must Amend the CDA

The online sex trade is not new. When I was prostituted over a decade ago, I was sold online. Online prostitution is not glamorous and it is not safer than street prostitution. The violence endemic to prostitution is not somehow mitigated by the internet. One study stated that violence is perpetrated predominantly by buyers regardless of venue of solicitation. The internet has normalized the buying of sex down to a negligible transaction. Women and girls are being reduced to mail order masturbation aids.

Why Internet Advocates Are Against the Anti–Sex Trafficking Bill

This month, Congress is considering whether to pass legislation intended to combat sex trafficking online. It may sound like a worthy goal, but it would undermine a more than 20-year-old law that has been fundamental to today’s internet. If only the members of Congress would remember the old adage: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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