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Mitigating Human Trafficking: Best Practices

August 31 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Since 2000, when the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the international Palermo Protocol established human trafficking as an illegal practice, the trafficking of persons for labor, debt bondage, or sexual services have increased both globally and domestically. Clearly, human trafficking is a societal and criminal problem. Mitigating human trafficking requires an approach that includes government and non-government partnerships, as well as individual and collective action. What can be learned from what has been done? Are there any best practices that have worked? This session will explore best practices in mitigating human trafficking across disciplines, identify gaps, and discuss collaborative efforts as examples of best practices.

Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Provide examples of best practices across disciplines.
  • Identify gaps and mitigation practices across professional practice disciplines.
  • Discuss collaboration opportunities for community partners.

Presenter BioDr. Johanna Bishop is Director of Behavioral Science Programs at Wilmington University. Her career includes working with the chemical and petrochemical industries, establishing voluntary industry skills standards, and working in the highly regulated nuclear power industry, where she conducted train-the-trainer programs, developed training curricula, performed needs assessments, evaluated training, conducted leadership training, developed human performance improvement training, among other duties. During Hurricane Isabel she was called to duty with the Emergency Preparedness team, and after 9/11 she was an active participant in the first NRC-mandated force-on-force exercises.

At Wilmington University, Johanna developed the graduate Certificate in Case Management program, and undergraduate certificates in Emotional Intelligence & Leadership, Community Engagement, and Human Trafficking Awareness. She is the founder and director of the annual human trafficking symposium, and since 2016, has gathered community expertise to share knowledge and practice to call attention to human trafficking, immigration, child abuse, and domestic violence in society.

Johanna earned her doctorate in Human Resource Development/ Human & Organizational Learning at The George Washington University, holds several Master’s degrees from Wilmington College and is currently working on earning a degree in the Administration of Human Justice with a concentration in Criminal Behavior and a focus on Human Trafficking at Wilmington University.

Johanna has presented numerous sessions related to human trafficking at nationwide sociology, anthropology, and emergency management conferences; is currently at work developing a graduate certificate in human trafficking studies; and also serves as Commissioner on the New Castle County Ethics Commission in Delaware.


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