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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 …

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Dottie Laster and Human Trafficking Featured in PI Magazine

The cover story in the current issue of PI Magazine is Slavery is Alive in the USA and Beyond: Investigators Needed by Drew Robb.  Robb says, “One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of eradicating human trafficking is that people either don’t believe it or don’t want to hear about it…that’s why seasoned investigators are badly needed” one expert emphasizes in Drew’s article on this global epidemic of evil.” Dottie Laster, of Laster Global Consulting and the Bernardo Kohler Center, was interviewed and her work featured in the article which is aimed towards private investigators and the importance of their role in human trafficking cases. According to Dottie Laster, a lot of missing person or murder cases may have a human trafficking angle. “Investigators probably think to themselves, ‘This case just doesn’t add up,’ but don’t understand what they are running into.”  As a consultant and educator of investigators on the subject of human trafficking, she stated that professional investigators are in a prime position to help. Addressing the potential for an income source …

Dottie Laster Speaking at St. Marys University Wednesday, February 28

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. Download BROCHURE:  WHM2012-Brochure Download POSTER:   …

Dottie Laster Speaking to Class at Northwest Vista College February 8

Northwest Vista College has once again invited Dottie Laster to speak about the issue of human trafficking. One of the classes led by Professor Joanne Nilson Tartalone are creating PSAs about human trafficking and the best one will be broadcast on local, and hopefully national networks. She has also been invited back to the college to be one of several judges to make the determination which PSA is the best. Dottie Laster’s 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 …