Anti-Trafficking Expert to Keynote 18th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women

Nearly 50 million people are trafficked around the world and it is estimated 10,000 to 150,000 people are trafficked in the United States each year.

Anti-Trafficking Expert to Keynote 18th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women

Cindy Dyer is a human rights advocate and lawyer with three decades of experience working at the local, national, and international levels to prevent and respond to human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

DALLAS — Cindy Dyer, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) for the U.S. Department of State and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat TIP, will headline the 18th annual Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW), held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel from May 22-25, 2023.

Presented by Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and the Dallas Police Department, the CCAW is a national clearinghouse for training on the identification, investigation, and prosecution of all types of violent crimes against women, including domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. The conference is the largest of its kind with more than 25,000 attendees over the last 17 years from all 50 states and multiple countries.

According to the International Labour Organization, close to 50 million people around the world are trafficked and trapped in modern-day slavery. In the United States, it is estimated there are anywhere from 10,000 to 150,000 people trafficked each year, the ACLU reports. To spotlight this global problem, CCAW recognized the need to expand its human trafficking courses with a specific track and deepen the partnership with New Friends New Life, a Dallas-based nonprofit that has been fighting human trafficking for the last 25 years.

The sessions will be conducted by nationally-recognized leaders from across the country in the anti-trafficking field to address ways attendees can support survivors through trauma-informed care, educate their communities, and work with law enforcement and legislature to disrupt the industry and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice with effective investigation and prosecution tools and strategies.

“We will never succeed in our fight to end violence against women and children if we do not address the societal devastation of human trafficking. The increase in human trafficking around the globe compels us to spotlight these crimes at our 18th annual Conference on Crimes Against Women,” said Jan Langbein, Chief Executive Officer of CCAW and Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. “We are extremely fortunate to have, as our keynote speaker, United States TIP Ambassador Cindy Dyer to share with us her expertise in fighting gender-based violence. A gifted speaker, Ambassador Dyer began her career as a domestic violence prosecutor with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. She will also be helping us launch our program-specific subject track with our partners New Friends New Life focusing on identifying and protecting victims of human trafficking and holding accountable perpetrators.”

Dyer is a human rights advocate and lawyer with three decades of experience working at the local, national, and international levels to prevent and respond to human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. In Dec. 2022, the Senate unanimously confirmed her to lead the United States’ global engagement to combat human trafficking and support the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts across the U.S. government. She previously served on the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the military.

For 12 years, she was the Vice President for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international organization advancing women’s leadership. Prior to joining Vital Voices, she served in a presidential appointment as the Director of the Office on Violence Against Women within the U.S. Department of Justice where she served as the liaison between the Department of Justice and federal, state, tribal, and international governments on matters involving violence against women.

This year, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from more than 200 engaging and timely workshops, including those in the human trafficking track, to gain tools they can take with them and implement in their own communities. Classes are taught at CCAW with the intention of not only educating attendees but also equipping them with the necessary resources to convey information to their departments and colleagues, thereby systematically improving agencies and increasing collective skill and competency levels. Ultimately, this training facilitates the improvement of policies, practices, strategies, and collaborative responses to all crimes against women.

For additional information about the Conference or to register, visit www.conferencecaw.org.

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