From a classroom at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, Dottie Laster was inspired by a speaker from the U.S. State Department speaking about the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and made a life-changing career decision. After graduation she embarked on a career that led her to become one of the nation’s leading expert on human trafficking.
On Wednesday, February 28th, Dottie Laster will be the one behind the speaker’s podium. She has been invited to speak at St. Mary’s about the general aspects of human trafficking and participating in kicking off March’s Women’s History Month . Fielding several requests from universities and colleges across the country, Laster hopes to be the inspiration for others interested in making a difference in combatting one of America’s most embarrassing epidemics, the enslavement and sale of humans.
The audience will come away with Dottie’s years of knowledge, research and expertise from working directly with victims of trafficking, and a better understanding of how they can be personally involved in the anti-trafficking movement.
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After graduating from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, her position with YMCA International in Houston afforded her the opportunity to meet victims of war and genocide and she was captivated by their urge to survive. She was appointed an original member of the U. S. Attorney’s Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, a human trafficking task force often noted as a model for the nation. As a part of this task force, she trained over 5,000 police officers and worked directly with adult and child victims.
Laster has become a nationally recognized expert in the field of human trafficking. She has been trained by the Department of Justice to educate law enforcement on human trafficking and has been the architect and leader of human trafficking task forces and coalitions in many cities in Texas and California. During her career she has been directly and indirectly responsible for the rescue and service of over 200 victims of trafficking in the United States.
She is accredited with the Bernardo Kohler Center to practice immigration law and specializes in serving victims who may qualify for immigration relief under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
She is also an Advisory Board Member of the Frederick Douglas Family Foundation, an Abolitionist organization which creates awareness about modern-day slavery.
Dottie Laster is a nationally known speaker for conferences and events and is available nationwide. To bring her to your next event, contact ImaginePublicity at 843.808.0859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org