All posts tagged: human trafficking

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 …

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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 …

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Dottie Laster named Executive Director of Heidi Search Center 

Human Trafficking Expert Accepts Position with Missing Persons Organization Nationally recognized human trafficking expert, Dottie Laster, has accepted the position of Executive Director of Heidi Search Center located in San Antonio, Texas. According to their website, “Heidi Search Center was established in August, 1990, following the abduction of 11-year-old Heidi Lynn Seeman. She disappeared from her Northeast San Antonio neighborhood on August 4, while walking home from a friend’s house.”  The non-profit organization provides community resources and aids law enforcement with search efforts, provides advocacy, and referrals. Dottie Laster is known nationally for her work in combatting human trafficking. She is also affiliated with the Bernardo Kohler Center where she is accredited to practice immigration law. Laster has been directly involved in the rescue and restoration of hundreds of victims of trafficking and continues to offer her unique training to law enforcement and organizations. Recently, Laster has taken an active role speaking to youth in schools and colleges across the country, a population targeted by traffickers. Her skills with this population easily translates to the …

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Dottie Laster Appears on Crime Time with Vito Colucci

One of the best podcasts featuring crime related topics is Crime Time with Vito Colucci heard live on Sundays at 11pm EST. Colucci prides himself in creating interesting conversations with top notch people in their fields. Dottie Laster and her work combatting human trafficking was the subject for the latest broadcast. Listeners will learn her background and how she became involved with the issue, literally overnight, after an encounter with a speaker at her college, St. Mary’s. Laster quickly became immersed with setting up events and conferences within the school to further the dissemination of information about human trafficking to her peers. She then went on to work at creating coalitions, task forces, and worked directly with the Department of Justice developing law enforcement training programs. The conversation is then led towards the type of victims who fall prey to traffickers and Laster’s role in the rescue and restoration of hundreds of victims. She offers advice to young people and parents on what to look for, and how easy it is to be trapped without knowing …

TRAFFICKED Designs, Dottie Laster, jewelry workshop

TRAFFICKED Designs: Company Created to Employ Survivors of Human Trafficking

TRAFFICKED Designs is a New Braunfels, Texas start up company founded by Dottie Laster to employ survivors of human trafficking. Laster has been involved in the rescue and restoration of hundreds of victims across the country, and through the Bernardo Kohler Center she is accredited to practice immigration law. Using acquired skills of the survivors to design and create jewelry, art and other products, the company assists rescued victims to better assimilate back into society by learning skills to re-enter the job market successfully. The difficulty for victims needing a fresh start lies in a job market where background and credit checks limit the availability of meaningful employment. Resources for rescued victims are inadequate throughout the United States, clearly an area of need among every community whose budgets are at a minimum. Trafficking victims must have specialized care, safety from the traffickers, mental health treatment, and basics like food and shelter; then they need to be able to join the workforce and become self-sufficient. “SOS: Save One Soul” by TRAFFICKED Designs TRAFFICKED Designs introduced a line of handmade jewelry …