Human Trafficking Center Topic of Symposium and Planning Session


The Center for the Study of Human Trafficking & Interpersonal Violence will be the subject of the Mary Anne Gross Symposium & Planning Session this month.

York College of Pennsylvania now seeks to establish a consortium of institutions of higher education in the South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland region Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Interpersonal Violence.

The Mission of the Center is to increase the capacity of South Central Pennsylvania to effectively and ethically respond to and prevent human trafficking and other forms of interpersonal violence and exploitation through research, education, consciousness raising, resource sharing, and collaboration.

We imagine a Center that will develop cross-institutional, interdisciplinary research projects that engage students and faculty with key questions, and with local agencies, government officials, and others to support our educational missions, to develop engaged citizens, and to provide much needed intellectual resources to bear upon combatting interpersonal violence.

The Symposium will be held 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the York College Center for Community Engagement, 59 East Market Street, York.

Learn more about the event here.

For additional information or to RSVP, contact Dominic DelliCarpini at or call 717-815-1303.

Stop Traffick Community Forum Planned for November

The YWCA of Gettysburg, Middle East Justice and Peace Group of South Central PA, United Lutheran Seminary and Survivors Inc. are sponsoring Stop Traffic, a free community forum to raise awareness about human trafficking 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in Valentine Hall at United Lutheran Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg.

Stepanka Korytova, director of the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking in South Central PA, will be speaking about trafficking and the work her students at York College of Pennsylvania, Millersville University and Penn State-Berks are doing on the topic during the event.

To register for the event, email Kara Ferraro at

Planned forum schedule: 

9:00 – 9:05: Welcome and Introductions

9:05 – 10:05: Dr. Stepanka Korytova “What is Human Trafficking”

Overview of human trafficking, industry statistics, different types of trafficking, stories.

10:05 – 10:15: Q&A

10:15 – 10:30: Break and vendor market

10:30 – 10:50: TED Talk by Noy Thrupkaew “Human Trafficking is All Around You”

10:50 – 11:50: Guest panel discussing trafficking in Adams County followed by Q&A

11:50 – 12:30: Lunch (provided for you) and vendor market

12:30 – 2:00: Survivors, Inc. training on “Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking”

Event details:

Keynote speaker: Dr. Stepanka Korytova, Director of the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking in South Central PA.

Dr. Korytova will discuss:

  • What human trafficking is
  • Statistics and types
  • How it has become a global phenomenon
  • Its impacts and stories

Panelists: Leighton Rice representing Adams County fruit growers, Dr. Susan Mapp of Elizabethtown College, and Terri Hamrick of Survivors, Inc. Each speaker will have about 15 minutes to speak, followed by a Q&A session. We intend to have both Chief Dougherty and Kristin Rice to field legal questions regarding human trafficking.

Leighton Rice will discuss:

  • Modern slavery in the global supply chain, statistics
  • Labor in Adams County, specifically in the agriculture/fruit growing sector
  • Hiring/recruitment practices and anti-trafficking efforts (if there are any)

Dr. Susan Mapp will discuss:

  • Addressing the demand/customer base
  • Public health issues
  • Information about victims – where do they go, who can help them

Terri Hamrick will discuss:

  • Local trafficking in our community
  • Signs and indicators that someone is being exploited
  • Share what Survivors, Inc. is and how you serve Adams County/South Central PA


Chairman Don Gogniat receives Liberty Bell Award

Don Gogniat preparing to receive the Liberty Bell Award from the York County Bar Association.

We are proud to share that the York County Bar Association recently honored Don Gogniat, chairman of the board for the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking in South-Central Pennsylvania, with the Liberty Bell Award for his work raising awareness about human trafficking in the region.

The Liberty Bell Award is given to “a non-attorney volunteer in the York community who has encouraged others to respect the laws and legal system, to learn more about and take an active role in the American justice system, and to take pride in our nation’s system of freedom for all under the law.”


Governor Tom Wolf, top left, at the York County Bar Association event honoring Don Gogniat, bottom right.

The Typology of Modern Slavery

Human trafficking is not just related to sex work, but also involves a variety of other areas where individuals may find themselves in. As a report from Polaris states, there are plenty of other categories to describe the kind of work trafficking victims may be involved in. While looking at sex trafficking work is included in their study, various other areas exist. The Polaris report focuses on the following: Escort Services, Illicit Message, Health & Beauty Services, Residential, Outdoor Solicitation, Domestic Work, Bars Strip Clubs & Cantinas, Pornography, Traveling Sales Crew, Restaurant & Food Service, Peddling & Begging, Agriculture, & Animal, Husbandry, Personal Sexual Servitude, Construction, Hotels and Hospitality, Landscaping, Illicit Activities, Arts and Entertainment, Commercial Cleaning Services, Factories & Mining, Remote Interactive Sexual Acts, Carnivals, Forestry & Logging, Health Care, and Recreational Facilities. “Polaris analyzed more than 32,000 cases of human trafficking…between December 2007 and December 2016 through its operation of the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline.


Note**** – “This is the largest data set on Human Trafficking in the United States ever completed and analyzed.”

See the publication listed below:

Immigration crackdown enables worker exploitation, labor department staff say

Trump policies have caused panic among undocumented workers, preventing labor officials from conducting investigations and enforcing employment laws. And, this is how the undocumented are related to human trafficking.

Lack of cooperation by immigrant workers threatens to disrupt a key function of the labor department.

Some Cities Undaunted By Attorney General Crackdown On ‘Sanctuary Cities’

The Justice Department this Monday mentioned that it is going to adhere to the executive order to hold $4.1 billion in federal grants from sanctuary cities. Some counties, however, claim that they will not follow the order. One county in particular, Travis County, is not following suit. This recording explores the potential consequences of being a sanctuary city in the year of 2017. For conversation’s sake, a sanctuary city does not have to be a city. It can be a state, a county, or any jurisdiction that permits residency to illegal immigrants to help them avoid deportation.

The Story Behind the 11 million Unauthorized Immigrants in the U.S.

NPR’s All Things Considered recently took at look at the history of how the U.S. came to have so many undocumented immigrants.

This is a history of the changes of labor immigration to the United States and governmental attempts to regulate it. Any changes in the immigration laws have to take into an account U.S. economics. The U.S.,. as a rule, has benefitted from the labor imigration. But – do the immigrants always benefit?

Listen to the story below:

WITF’s Smart Talk Discusses Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

WITF’s Smart Talk recently hosted two experts to discuss the problem and impact of human trafficking in Pennsylvania and the U.S.

From WITF:

Shea M. Rhodes, Director of Villanova’s CSE Institute, discussed the scope of human trafficking and forced prostitution and society’s approach to aiding those victims.  Dr. Susan Mapp, Professor of Social Work at Elizabethtown College, described the impact these crimes have in Central Pennsylvania. Mapp also pointed out that there are other forms of trafficking besides sex trafficking; she also talks about the people who are vulnerable to be trafficked.

Listen the the episode here:

The Daily Item: Judge Warns of Human Trafficking Dangers in the Valley

“If you think sex trafficking isn’t happening in the Valley, then think again, a former Lycoming County district judge said.

More than 60 people gathered at the Christ Wesleyan Church, in Milton, Saturday for a symposium titled, “Open Your Eyes: Reasons, Responsibilities, Responses,” for the purpose of helping the community understand that the problem of child exploitation is real and relevant, Senior Lycoming County District Judge Jim Sortman said.”

Read more at The Daily Item.

Photo courtesy of Francis Scarcella/The Daily Item.