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LIU Post to Host Conference on Human Trafficking

Panel of experts to participate in event on May 8


Gina Bigelow,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Post * LIU Brentwood * LIU Riverhead
(516) 299-2332

Brookville, N.Y. -- "Pulling Back the Curtain on Human Trafficking," a conference sponsored by the LIU Post social work department, will be held Wednesday, May 9 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Humanities Hall, Room 119. 

Leticia Brown, the support service coordinator and a case manager at Girls Educational & Mentoring Services will deliver the keynote address. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.

"It's hard to imagine that such a horrible injustice is being committed on Long Island, but it is, every day," said Director of the Department of Social Work, Dr. Ilene Nathanson. "By building awareness of human trafficking we can help the victims, who have been subject to immense hardship and exploitation."

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will also include a panel discussion, featuring a host of professionals who are experts in the field, including Sergeant Judith Hoffman, M.S. Ed., a 25 year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department; John Birbiglia a detective with the Nassau County Police Department in the Narcotic/Vice Squad and the lead detective for the Long Island Anti Human Trafficking Task Force; Robert Mulligan, MPS., LCSW, an adjunct professor at LIU Post and a forensic social worker and psychotherapist; Alberta Rubin, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW, director of client services at the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Theresa Tebbett, ESQ, an assistant district attorney for Nassau County.

Registration is required. LIU Post is located at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville, N.Y. For additional information regarding the conference, including registration, call 516-299-3924 or email the social work department at

Posted 05/01/2012

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