Break the Silence 2021 (free and online): Advocating for survivors of human trafficking

Location: online

Free and open to advocates working with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking.


Break the Silence is our annual conference designed to help advocates identify and protect vulnerable populations.



9:00 AM to 10:30 AM                  Is it really “in my own backyard”?

                                                       Hannah Estabrook, MA, LPCC-S, Co-Director, Porchlight

  • Identifying vulnerable individuals at risk of exploitation

10:30 AM to 10:45 PM                BREAK


10:45 AM to 12:15 PM               Reframing the “Modern Day Slavery” Paradigm in the U.S.

                                                       Megan Mattimoe, JD, TRCC, Executive Director, Managing Attorney, Founder of Advocating Opportunity

                                                       Kate D’Adamo, Partner, Reframe Health and Justice

  • Better understand history of the use of language/terminology around slavery, and why it was connected to trafficking
  • Better understand both the history of chattel slavery and how it evolved
  • Recognize the coded messaging, and its impact on contemporary trafficking efforts to conflate these two issues



12:15 PM to 1:00 PM                  BREAK


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM                     CATCH Court: Meeting Essential Needs of Surviviors by Engaging                                                                 Community Resources            

                                                       Gwen England, CATCH Court Program Leader

                                                       Amber Pascol

  • CATCH Court is a human trafficking and prostitution court in Columbus, OH, certified through the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Collaboration with the community in efforts to build resilience in survivors
  • Provide essential resources to promote success and independence after exiting the life of prostitution and human trafficking


2:30 PM to 2:45 PM                     BREAK


2:45 PM to 3:45 PM                     Labor Trafficking: a New Framework      

                                                       Megan Mattimoe, JD, TRCC, Executive Director, Managing Attorney,                                                            Founder, Advocating Opportunity

                                                       Erin Albright, JD, Internationally Recognized Anti-Trafficking Expert

5.5 hours of CLE and CEU credit have been requested

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