U.P. Human Trafficking Task Force program set

ESCANABA — The recently re-established Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) has teamed together with the Department of Justice, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, several Upper Peninsula law enforcement agencies, and other local experts to bring human trafficking community awareness to the U.P. in a week-long event during Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 22, the group will be presenting presentations across the U.P. at local colleges and universities.

For the Bay College main campus in Escanaba, the presentation will be held in the Besse Theater on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. The featured speaker will be Leslie A. Hagen from the Department of Justice.

Hagen currently serves as the Department of Justice’s first national indian country training coordinator. In this position, she is responsible for planning, developing and coordinating training in a broad range of matters relating to the administration of justice in Indian Country.

Hagen has previously served as both a federal and state prosecutor. She has 29 years of criminal justice experience and focuses on issues related to domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Hagen authored a recent national publication on combatting trafficking in tribal communities and in 2016 created a video training project focused on sex trafficking of Alaska Natives.

There will be time for questions and answers after each presentation and a brief invite to any participants to join the UPHTTF by the current Task Force Group Leader/Administrator Marlene Mottes, victim advocate from the Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Michigan, Marquette Office and other Task Force members.

For more detailed event information contact Mottes via email at marlene.f.mottes@usdoj.gov. Nursing CEU’s may be available. Contact Linda Lewandowski at lewandol@baycollege.edu for more information regarding Nursing CEUs.