Sept. 19: Free Austin 2012 – IDVSA Hosts Human Trafficking Policy Briefing

AUSTIN, Texas – The Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, a unit of the Center for Social Work Research at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, is proud to partner with Allies Against Slavery in bringing Free Austin 2012 to our community.

Free Austin is a two-week annual campaign designed to ignite a movement of people across our city to end human trafficking.

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Among the several Free Austin 2012 events planned during the two-week campaign is a Human Trafficking Policy Briefing, Advocacy and Policy Initiatives in the Anti-Slavery Movement, on Wednesday, September 19, from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the School of Social Work UTOPIA Theatre, hosted by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Free and open to the public, Advocacy and Policy Initiatives in the Anti-Slavery Movement will focus on policy elements of human trafficking. The program will include a panel discussion with Texas House Rep. Senfronia Thompson (District 141), Chief of Staff Chara McMichael for Rep. Randy Weber (District 29), and Austin Police Department Detective Deek Moore who will present brief updates on previous legislative actions and upcoming plans for the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress. There will be time for questions from the audience.

For more information about the Human Trafficking Policy Briefing, contact Program Coordinator Laurie Cook Heffron, LMSW: