Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium

The Kent State University at Stark Honors Program is a proud sponsor of the Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium to raise awareness about human trafficking locally, nationally and internationally.

Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium
September 21-22, 2018
Science & Nursing Building
Kent State University at Stark


Friday, Sept. 21

All events take place in the Science & Nursing Building. Registration takes place in the first floor Lobby (outside of Room 101).

5:30 p.m.
Kick-off Activities

  • Registration
  • Participate in awareness activities
  • Visit organization resource tables

6 p.m.
Welcome & Overview

6:10 p.m.
Student Short Film Screening: The Naiveté of a Young Girl

The Naiveté of a Young Girl, a short film by Kent State Stark student Megyn Bostic, is about human trafficking and the very real effects it has on the world. The film itself centers around the subjects of prostitution and commercial sex as forms of human trafficking, but there also is forced labor, domestic services, forced marriages and organ trafficking. All of these are present in some form in the United States, and all over the world. We must take action against this ever-present industry.

6:30 p.m.
Kick-off Presentation

7:15 p.m.
Two Films
(your choice)

The Pink Room, 2014 Emmy Award winner for Best Documentary (Northern California Region), is a true story of redemption, ordinary people becoming heroes, Cambodians rising up with compassion to take back their country and a town’s process of rebuilding from the inside-out. In a world where it is estimated that there are over 1 million children held captive and sexually abused, a flower blooms in the heart of Cambodia. (57 minutes)

Not My Life depicts the effects of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Includes coverage of five continents showing practices of forced labor, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence and child soldiers. With all the challenges presented it is also a film of hope as those who advocate for victims are growing in numbers. (64 minutes)


Saturday, Sept. 22

All events take place in the Science & Nursing Building. Registration takes place in the first floor Lobby (outside of Room 101).

8 a.m.
Check-in and Registration

8:20 a.m.
Welcome & Overview

9 a.m.
Speaker: Human Trafficking 101 and Health Care

Joe Compton, RN, Akron General Hospital

10 a.m.
Speaker: 2015 Study on Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio

Jan Apisa, CA, Victim Assistance Program
Summit County Collaborative

11 a.m.
Speaker: Human Trafficking vs. Prostitution and Law Enforcement

Greg Colbeck, Rehab Ministries

12 p.m.
Speaker: The Psychology of Human Trafficking

Gena Hicks, Kent State University graduate student

Resource & Sponsor Tables
Visit resource tables throughout the entire symposium for more information.