Press Release

Fifth Annual Sustainability Conference at Argosy University, Twin Cities Focuses on “Perspectives on Human Trafficking: Taking Action Towards Safe Harbor”

EAGAN, MN, Jan. 25, 2014 — Argosy University, Twin Cities is pleased to announce its fifth annual sustainability conference. Each year, the conference addresses current issues that impact local, national, and global communities around sustainability in our daily lives. This year’s conference focuses on the issue of human trafficking. The event will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 8 am – 3:30 pm at the Eagan Community Center and Argosy University, Twin Cities, located at 1501 and 1515 Central Parkway, Eagan MN 55121.

The state of Minnesota, in response to significant levels of human trafficking in the state, implemented the Safe Harbor Act in 2014 to help improve responses to trafficking. Participants will gain perspective on how public policy and law impacts trafficking. Facilitator-led discussions and interactive sessions will help professionals identify and develop a response when faced with human trafficking.           

The conference will feature experts from both the public and private sector, to include a video address from Senator Amy Klobuchar and presentations from John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney, Sir Patrick Atkinson, President of the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons (iTEMP).  Organizations such as the FBI, Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services, Gerald D. Vick Human Trafficking Unit of the St. Paul Police Department, Civil Society and Argosy University, Twin Cities will be represented.  

“The issue of human trafficking is a critical one,” says Kathy Harowski, PhD, Chair of the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program at Argosy University, Twin Cities. “Successful prevention and intervention efforts rely on community support, awareness of trafficking and collaboration between various organizations. The new ‘Safe Harbor’ legislation is an important step towards justice for victims/survivors of human trafficking.” 

There is no cost to attend the event but registration is required. Lunch will be offered at a nominal charge. For more information and to register, click here or call (888) 844-2004.

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