Global Innovation to Disrupt Human Trafficking
Agenda & Speakers
Human Rights Lawyer
Marina Colby is a human rights lawyer and international development professional working to advance inclusive and sustainable development practices and initiatives. Most recently, Marina served as a Democracy Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, Marina worked to advance the Agency’s Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Policy and labor-related programming and policies across development sectors around the world, with a focus on Asia. This work included the promotion of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and sought alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Marina also pioneered USAID’s “Supply Unchained” initiative that worked to co-create solutions and leverage technology and partnerships to counter forced labor and promote decent work in global supply chains.
Associate Professor, USF St. Petersburg
Dr. Jill McCracken is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Co-Founder / Co-Director of Sex Workers Outreach Program (SWOP) Behind Bars, an organization that provides direct support for incarcerated sex workers and victims of trafficking in US prisons and jails and connects them to the sex worker rights movement. Having worked with sex workers and victims of trafficking for over fourteen years, her primary areas of research focus on sex work and trafficking in the sex industry, women and incarceration, and the impact of sexuality education on marginalized communities. Drawing on ethnographic and qualitative research methods, Dr. McCracken integrates community-based, participatory research into her work. She recently completed a Fulbright Specialist Project in collaboration with the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective to investigate the presence of violence and trafficking in the sex industry in a country where prostitution is decriminalized. She has conducted trainings for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-supported organizations, public defenders, human trafficking coalitions, and non-profit organizations. Her work has been recognized through many awards and honors including the USF Outstanding Faculty Award, Women in Research and Philanthropy USF Faculty Research Award, Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Service.
Dr. Bryanna Fox
Assistant Professor, USF Tampa
Dr. Bryanna Fox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Courtesy Professor in the Department of Mental Health, Law, and Policy at the University of South Florida. Dr. Fox earned her Ph.D. in psychological criminology from the University of Cambridge in England. She is a former FBI Special Agent, former research consultant for the FBI's Field Investigation Group in Tampa, and former research fellow in the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) in Quantico, Virginia. Her main research interests relate to the identification of psychological and developmental risk factors for criminal behavior, developing evidence-based tools for law enforcement, and conducting experimental field research.
Hector X. Colón
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations
Hector X. Colón currently serves as Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Tampa, Florida. He has more than 21 years of Federal law enforcement experience. Prior to his assignment as ASAC in Tampa, Mr. Colón held various key leadership positions at HSI HQs, including as the Chief of Staff of Joint Task Force – Investigations (JTF-I), the Director of Investigations for HSI at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) National Targeting Center (NTC-I), and as Unit Chief, HSI Trade Transparency Unit (TTU) and the Illicit Finance and Proceeds of Crime Unit (IFPCU). He has represented DHS at various forums throughout the world in support of efforts to combat transnational crime and terrorism, including at the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG) and as a member of the US delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Special Agent Gregory T. Christopher, FBI Tampa
Special Agent Christopher established the Tampa Area Crimes Against Children (TACAC) Task Force in 2009. The task force was organized to combat Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) aka Child Prostitution and consisted of representatives from numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the Tampa area. The Task Force also investigates traveler/online enticement cases as well as kidnappings. The task force has two goals, the first being to recover juvenile victims who are being exploited through prostitution, and second is to conduct investigations of those who exploit the minors. Since inception, the task force has recovered nearly 350 juvenile victims who were being sexually exploited through prostitution. Special Agent Christopher has personally investigated hundreds of sex trafficking cases resulting in prison sentences for pimps/traffickers of 10 years to life.
Corporal, Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Cpl. Alan T. Wilkett has served more than 22 years as a public service official, including with the Indiana State Police and the Jackson County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office. Cpl. Wilkett’s career has included positions in Property Crimes, Major Crimes, Cold Case, Narcotics, Child Abuse, Patrol, and Court Security. He has served as a chief deputy, captain, commander, and director of public safety. Cpl. Wilkett was recognized as the 2007 Pasco Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. His training includes Florida Law Enforcement Certification, Florida Certified Crime Prevention Practitioner, and a Florida Certified Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner. He is a member of the Tampa Bay Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and a regional director for the Florida Design Out Crime Association. He also provides instruction on numerous crime prevention topics.
Dr. Sandra Stone
Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Dr. Stone is currently a professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at USFSM, where she previously served as Regional Chancellor. Prior to coming to USFSM, Dr. Stone held top administrative positions at Dalton State College, Southern Polytechnic State University, the University of West Georgia and the Georgia Board of Regents. Before moving into higher education administration, she was a faculty member at the University of West Georgia. Prior to joining the academy, she held direct service, research and administrative positions at a variety of public and private organizations, including the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Emory University, Research Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Department, the Centers for Disease Control, Clayton General Hospital, the Atlanta Battered Women’s Shelter, and the GA Department of Family and Children’s Services.
Associate Attorney of the Linesch Firm
Dany plays a significant role in employment litigation cases at the Linesch Firm and chairs the Linesch Firm’s Immigration practice. Dany attended American Washington College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor Degree. Dany worked for Catholic Charities, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), and Service Employers International Union (SEIU). Dany’s work has earned her various awards, and she is a well regarded author concerning Indigenous and Immigrant Rights. Dany heads the Pro Bono section of the Firm, which is devoted to Human Rights. She works closely for the “Fight for 15” Campaign. You may have seen her on various media platforms concerning fast food strikes and her diligent work has ensured that workers are heard and their rights protected. Dany has also been involved with the CARA pro bono project by providing on the ground legal support at the Artesia, New Mexico, and Dilley, Texas Family Detention Centers.
Anti-Sex Trafficking Prevention Specialist and Prevention Advocate, Selah Freedom
Amanda Catarzi is a Prevention Advocate with Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization dedicated to brgining light to the darkness of sex trafficking. Being a survivor of labor and sex trafficking herself, Amanda brings keen insight and perspective to this issue and her work. In her role at Selah Freedom, Amanda passionately engages youth, parents, teachers and service providers and educates them on the dangers, red flags, and warning signs of sex trafficking. In addition to her work at Selah Freedom, Amanda has collaborated with multiple governments, law enforcement agencies and nonprofits in New Zealand, Bahamas, Thailand, Myanmar, and Mexico to help bring an end to sex trafficking globally and assist in wiriting new laws and legislation to protect fellow survivors.
Florida Regional Manager, Traffickingfree Zone- U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking
Stephanie Costolo is the Florida Regional Manager of the TraffickingFree Zone Program with the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, a non-profit faith-based organization focused on ending sex trafficking in the United States. Stephanie is responsible for leading over 50 organizations to declare themselves a TraffickingFree Zone, for directing thousands of online sex buyers toward resources to get help, and for implementing law enforcement training to thousands of law enforcement members, resulting in human trafficking cases being opened. She has trained hundreds of community members on human trafficking awareness and has led the TraffickingFree Zone program toward and through quick, efficient expansion. Additionally, Stephanie is the Vice Chair of the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking and is an Advisory Board Member for the Post 911 Veterans Nonprofit Communiy Organization.
Dr. Beatriz Padilla
Assistant Professor, USF Tampa
Beatriz Padilla is PhD and Master in Sociology (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); Master in Public Affairs (University of Texas, Austin, United States), BA in Political Sciences and Public Administration (National University of Cuyo, Argentina). Currently, she is Assistant Professor at University of South Florida and an associated researcher at Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL). She was Principal Investigator at ISCTE-IUL (2016-2018), Heath Visiting Professor at Grinnell College (2018) and Associate Professor at University of Minho (2013-2015). She has been a consultant for the International Organization of Migrations (IOM) in several occasions and for the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2007. Her lines of research are migration, diversity, gender, health, inequalities and public policies. Recently, she co-edited a book on International Migrations and Public Policies in Portugal (Mundo Sociais, 2018), and another entitled Gender and mobility in present time / Género e mobilidades no tempo presente is in Press, coedited with Assis, Glaucia, and França, Thais, UDESC: Florianopolis.
Dr. Jessica Grosholz
Assistant Professor, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Dr. Jessica Grosholz is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at USF Sarasota-Manatee, with expertise in prison reentry, recidivism, corrections and qualitative methodology. She received her MA from George Washington University in 2006 and her PhD from Emory University in 2014; both in Sociology with a focus in Criminology. Prior to USFSM, she was an instructor at Emory University, where she taught criminology and community-building courses. She has also been an advocate for formerly incarcerated persons in the Atlanta region.
Dr. Anthony Masys
Associate Professor, USF Tampa; Director of Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Assistance and Homeland Security
Dr Anthony Masys is an Associate Professor and Director of Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Assistance and Homeland Security. A former senior Air Force Officer, Dr Masys has a BSc in Physics and MSc in Underwater Acoustics and Oceanography from the Royal Military College of Canada and a PhD from the University of Leicester. He is Editor in Chief for Springer Publishing book series: Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications and holds various advisory board positions with academic journals and books series. Dr Masys is an internationally recognized author, speaker and facilitator and has held workshops on security, visual thinking, design thinking and systems thinking in Europe, Canada, South America, West Africa and Asia. He has published extensively in the domains of physics and the social sciences.
Joan Reid, Ph.D., LMHC
Assistant Professor, USF St. Petersburg
Dr. Reid’s research interests include human trafficking, sexual violence, child maltreatment, victimology, and recovery of crime victims. For ten years, Dr. Reid has counseled individuals recovering from sexual trauma including youth in foster care and detained in juvenile justice facilities. She maintains her license as a mental health counselor as well as national certifications as a clinical mental health and rehabilitation counselor. Dr. Reid’s research on human trafficking, sexual victimization, and child maltreatment has appeared in journals such as Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Child Maltreatment, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health.
Vinita Kiluk, MD
Assistant Professor, College of Medicine Pediatrics