Notre Dame College, Renee Jones Empowerment Center Host 2014 NEO Human Trafficking Symposium

WHO:            Notre Dame College and Renee Jones Empowerment Center
WHAT:          2014 NEO Human Trafficking Symposium
WHEN:          Friday, January 10, 2014
                     Registration: 8:15-8:45 a.m.
                     Program: 8:45 a.m. until 4 p.m.
WHERE:        Notre Dame College
                     Performing Arts Center – Administration Building Lower Level
                     4545 College Road
                     South Euclid, Ohio
Notre Dame College and the Renee Jones Empowerment Center will host the 2014 NEO Human Trafficking Symposium that addresses human trafficking, the worldwide crime against humanity and growing form of 21st Century human slavery, in its many forms and manifestations. The symposium will provide a wealth of important information to the general public, with particular interest to healthcare professionals, educators, law enforcement, church and faith community leaders, community members, students, parents, social service providers and victim advocates.
Highlights of the daylong program include:

  • The Impact of Complex Trauma, presented by Mark Groner, MSSA, LISW-S; and Katie Biddle, MSSA, LISW-S, Beech Brook.
  • The Red Flags of Human Trafficking, presented by Renee Jones Empowerment Center Youth Ambassadors.
  • Human Trafficking in Ohio, presented by Carol S. Rendon, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Keynote Address (12:20 – 1:30 p.m.), by Steven Alan Hassan, M.Ed. LMHC, NCC, Director, Freedom of Mind Resource Center, Inc. With nearly 40 years of experience and knowledge, Hassan is a leader in the field of applied social psychology and has worked extensively with cult victims. He is the author of three books, including “Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs.”
  • Survivors Panel, moderated by Renee Jones.
  • Missing Persons, presented by Tanisha L. Knighton, Missing Persons Liaison, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Engaging the Public: A Call to Action, a panel discussion featuring a question and answer session with the symposium’s presenters.

Registration is online at (
Seating is limited. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee you will not be turned away at the door. Conference registration includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch. The cost of the symposium is $60 ($25 for students - no accreditation, student ID must be presented and valid on day of conference).
Social workers and counselors may earn 2.5 continuing education units for attending the symposium. 
For more information contact or call 216-651-9601.
For 91 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.
Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 24 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Highlights of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.


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