Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking – “It’s Happening to a Girl Near You”

Event is free, but registration is required!

NCCASA is excited to present a symposium on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking on

November 1, 2012 in Fayetteville, NC.

Workshops will include:
· Youth in Crisis: The Impact of Trauma on Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth
· Media Literacy and the Commercialization of Childhood
· The Faith Community’s Response to Sex Trafficking
· It’s More Than Just Rescuing: A Collaborative Approach to Working with Trafficked Youth
· Understanding the Lifestyle, Language, and Pimp Culture
· Investigating Human Trafficking Cases—Missing, Runaway, and Trafficked Youth
· A District Attorney’s Perspective: Prosecuting Sex Trafficking Cases
· Working Towards Building A Successful Case: What Prosecutors Need and Law Enforcement Can Do
· Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking from a Survivor’s Perspective

Featured Speakers to include:

Tina Frundt, Courtney’s House
Ms. Frundt has been actively raising awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) on a national level since 2000. Herself a survivor of sex trafficking, Ms. Frundt is deeply committed to helping others living through experiences similar to her own. She has been featured on numerous national media outlets, including Lisa Ling’s Show “Our America”, which featured an undercover look into sex trafficking; “3Am Girls” on the Oprah Winfrey Network; and CNN’s freedom project. She was the first U.S. Citizen to be awarded the Frederick Douglas Award from Freed the Slaves, which recognizes those who have survived a form of slavery and are now using their lives in freedom to help others. She has testified before U.S. Congress about her experiences and the need for greater protection and services for trafficked persons. In addition she works closely with law enforcement and service providers around the country to train them about domestic minor sex trafficking. In 2008 Ms. Frundt founded Courtney’s House, a non-profit that provides services for domestically sex trafficked youth. Courtney’s House is planning to open its first group home for sex trafficked children ages 12yrs – 18yrs in the Washington D.C. metro area.

Tyson Elliott
Tyson is currently the Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Prior to accepting this position, Tyson was a detective for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in Gainesville, FL and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in Kissimmee, FL. Tyson founded and co chaired the Alachua County Human Trafficking Task Force in Gainesville in 2007. Tyson was nominated for local officer of the year in Florida in 2004, he received an “Excellence in Service” award at the 2007 Child Advocacy Center conference in Gainesville. Tyson received officer of the month for February 2008 from the North Central Florida Police Benevolent Association and was voted as the 2008 Alachua County Sheriff’s Office detective of the year by his peers. He has investigated all types of human trafficking and recovered both foreign and domestic victims. Tyson was invited by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to assist in the revision of the curriculum for the 40 hour Advanced Human Trafficking Techniques class on two separate occasions. He has spoke at several conferences throughout the country on Human Trafficking.

Holly Austin Smith
Holly is a survivor of child trafficking and an advocate against all forms of human trafficking.
In November 2011, Holly appeared on the Dr. Oz show to raise awareness for the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), along with Tina Frundt (founder of Courtney’s House), Lisa Ling (American journalist and advocate), and Kevin Perkins (Director of the FBI’s Innocence Lost project). Holly was also featured in the August 2011 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, along with survivors, Carissa Phelps and Minh Dang. Holly submitted joint testimony to Congress in September 2011 with labor trafficking survivor, Ima Matul (CAST Advisory Caucus member), in support of the reauthorization of the Trafficked Victims Protection Act (TVPRA). She also addressed the Virginia General Assembly in February 2012 in support of Senator Adam Ebbin’s bill SB 259, which will require the Board of Education to provide awareness and training materials for local school divisions on human trafficking, including strategies for the prevention of trafficking children. Holly works with survivors and anti-human trafficking organizations across the country. When she isn’t speaking, Holly is writing for her weekly column with the Washington Times and working on a memoir about her experience with commercial sexual exploitation at the age of fourteen. Holly earned a B.A. in Biology with a Minor in Writing from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and their Miniature Schnauzer.

Maria Jose T. Fletcher
Maria is the co-director and founder of VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc., a non-profit organization formed in February of 2011 to advance the rights of immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking in persons and other violent crimes. Some of her duties include overall supervision of the agency’s attorneys, paralegals, intern students and volunteers, as well as direct representation of low-income immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking in persons, and other related violent crimes.
Ms. Fletcher is actively involved in local, state and national domestic violence and victim’s rights organizations. She prepares and conducts educational presentations and trainings in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and trafficking in persons in the United States and internationally. She has been invited to present at conferences, seminars and workshops by the US Department of State, the US Department of Justice, including the Office on Violence Against Women, and by national and international non-governmental organizations to address the needs of immigrant survivors. Ms. Fletcher has served as one of fifteen members of the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, chartered by the US Attorney General for the period 2010-2012. The role of the committee is to provide recommendations on the prevention of domestic violence to the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Fletcher is also the national coordinator of the Freedom Network Training Institute and a board member of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Previously, Ms. Fletcher has been a supervising attorney at Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC, now Americans for Immigrant Justice) and the Director of Lucha: A Women’s Legal Project from June 2000 until February 2011. Ms. Fletcher has been an advisory board member of the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women and a founding member and past co-chair of the Freedom Network to Empower Trafficked and Enslaved Persons (USA).

The symposium agenda, registration and vendor forms are attached below. Please email Kiricka Yarbough Smith at if you have any additional questions. You can also download the registration form and vendor information at

Link: Schedule and Registration Form

Link: Vendor Registration


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