All posts tagged: human trafficking

The Opioid Crisis: ImaginePublicity on Air 3 Part Series

ImaginePublicity, Jillian Maas Backman, and the FBI Columbia, SC Citizens Academy Alumni Association have collaborated on the following 3-Part Podcast about Opioid Addiction and its human trafficking intersect. The opioid epidemic has complicated and exacerbated the sex trafficking crisis in a number of profound ways: it has increasingly given traffickers a powerful tool to recruit and control victims, it compounds the recovery struggle for survivors, and it taxes the resources of the justice system. At the national level, the Department of Health and Human Services has recognized both human trafficking and opioid addiction as major public health issues; earlier this year, the department’s Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) held a seminar to discuss the intersection between the two crises. The more we know, the more likely we will we able to put an end to addiction and its horrendous impacts: death by overdose, and human trafficking trade in drugs. Guest host, Jillian Maas Backman (JillianMaasBackman.Com) moderates the three-part discussion about the opioid crisis and the serious toll it’s taking on our society. The series presents the …

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 …

Dottie Laster, human trafficking

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 …