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Human Trafficking “Trauma Informed Approach ”
January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
“Trauma Informed Approach”
Participants will learn how to recognize signs of trauma and implement a trauma informed approach to victim interviewing and interaction. The purpose of this training is to reduce re-victimization and build vital trust between survivor and first responder.
Panelist include Alia El-Sawi, Victim Assistance Specialist with Homeland Security Investigations and Maja Hasic, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Director with Tapestri.
Alia El-Sawi is the Victim Assistance Specialist for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In this capacity, she designs and provides educational trainings and outreach to law enforcement, attorneys, mainstream service providers, and community-based organizations on human trafficking and child exploitation. Alia conducts victim interviews and assists victims in obtaining a form of temporary immigration relief available to human trafficking survivors.
Prior to her work with ICE, Alia was the Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator at Tapestri, Inc. As such, she provided trainings, outreach and direct services/case management to foreign born survivors of human trafficking. Alia served as the Chair of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Rescue & Restore Board for 3 years and as the Freedom Network’s Social Service Committee Chair for 3 years. Alia received her B.A. degrees in International Affairs and French from Mercer University and her master’s degree from Boston University in Criminal Justice with a focus in Victimology. She also speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish.
Maja Hasic, Anti Human Trafficking Program Director with Tapestri.
Ms. Hasic designs and provides trainings and outreach to mainstream service providers, law enforcement, and community organizations on human trafficking on a local, state-wide, and national basis. Currently, Ms. Hasic works to establish collaborative relationships with other nonprofit organizations and law enforcement around the issue of human trafficking. Ms. Hasic holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia State Univeristy.