All posts tagged: human trafficking

Dottie Laster Heidi Search Center

Dottie Laster April Events

As Executive Director of Heidi Search Center and a licensed private investigator, Dottie Laster switches hats often; from searching for missing persons, investigating cases of possible human trafficking, and, most importantly, awareness and fundraising for the 25-year old non-profit agency in San Antonio. Private and corporate donations are the lifeblood of Heidi Search Center covering the daily expenses and keeping the agency open to continue helping those going through the trauma of having a missing person. Under Dottie’s leadership, they have a 98% recovery rate. In March, 2017, Dottie Laster was featured in Vanity Fair Confidential on the Investigation Discovery channel who covered the case of “El Gallo,” leader of one of the largest human trafficking rings in Houston. Dottie played a large part in bringing down this ring and helping over 120 girls escape. She has continued assisting them over the years and believes that El Gallo was operating undisturbed for 20 years before being apprehended. Locked up Next Door can be viewed online at the Vanity Fair Confidential website. April is shaping up to …

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Dottie Laster Debuts Texas Institute of Investigation

The Inaugural Class of the Texas Institute of Investigation is now taking registrations. Registration is open now until October 15, 2016- space is limited. CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION When: October 19, 2016 Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Bexar County Commissioners Courtroom Price: $175.00 donation to the Heidi Search Center (Terms: registration is non-refundable) Class topics: So you want to be a Private  Investigator? Finding Your Niche An Introduction to Missing Persons Cases Attendees will receive a certificate at the end of the class. The school will begin with a press conference held by County Commissioner Tommy Calvert, Jr. and other dignitaries throughout the day. CLICK HERE FOR  REGISTRATION Becoming a Texas Private Investigator – “So You Want to Be A PI?” The private investigation profession continues to see increasing growth and popularity and attracts individuals from all walks of life and occupations. This class will present the history of the profession, detail the multiple investigation disciplines and how to become a licensed or registered PI in Texas Finding Your Niche This presentation will …

Flowers of Love by Dottie Laster

Dottie Laster Releases Ebook, Flowers of Love

Dottie Laster’s work with locating, rescuing and restoring victims of human trafficking take her to the depths of the revolting underbelly of society. In her tiny bits of spare time she enjoys the beauty of nature. With the release of her e-book, Flowers of Love, she shares her skills as a photographer with offerings of several alluring images of the beauty she sees in obvious places and how they represent the love found in nature. “Flowers are used to celebrate our lives from birth to death. They are presents of Sunlight packaged for us in many forms. They are graceful blessings that remind us that we are loved – in happiness, sorrow and in rites of passage, flowers serve our emotions, nourish us, heal us. Flowers of Love is a beautiful collection of photographs to remind us daily of the beauty and love in the world.” Flowers of Love can be ordered through Smashwords and will soon be available in print. The proceeds from the sale of Flowers of Love goes towards Dottie’s continued work …

The Cantinera Screening with Dottie Laster in San Antonio Benefits Missing Persons Organization

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 Heidi Search Center is presenting a screening of The Cantinera at the Alamo Draft House Cinema Marketplace located at  618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX.  The event will begin at 6pm with the film screening followed by a panel discussion led by Dottie Laster, Executive Director of Heidi Search Center who is featured in the film. The screening and panel discussion is open to the public and proceeds will benefit Heidi Search Center who is looking for 300 people to commit to a $20 per month recurring donation. For $20 per month the donation will assist in meeting budget needs and enable the center to continue to serve the families of missing persons. A special thank you to Ohlrich Law Firm for their sponsorship of this event. Seating is limited and tickets need to be purchased in advance at HeidiSearchCenter.Com The Cantinera captures the essence of trafficking for sex in the gritty bars and hidden back rooms in Houston’s cantinas. It takes viewers into the secret life, along with a group of advocates who fearlessly …

Dottie Laster, Survivors of human trafficking, ImaginePublicity

Dottie Laster: Why Do I Do What I Do? The Positive Effects of Human Trafficking Advocacy Training

As Dottie Laster completes another  Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy training session, the necessity for training across the country becomes clearer, this time in a heartwarming way. To her surprise, on the first day of the 2 day session, the attendees contained two survivors of trafficking  which she assisted in their rescue and restoration.  At the end of a long day of training, her thoughts return to other victims in need of the same services and the dire need for advocates to know exactly what to do for them. The Positive Effects of Human Trafficking Advocacy Training Advocacy training is where anyone can learn about case histories, legal details and distinctions in place to stop and punish traffickers, and how to become an advocate who brings recovery and services to survivors. It takes much more than reading books and articles, or even just the passion to help. Although both important, the rescue of trafficking victims is a dangerous business, and without proper training and support services, the dangers become quite risky. Victim restoration back into society is a …