Honors Academy Conference

Purpose

The purpose of the annual Richland College Honors Academy Conference is to enrich the academic lives of all Richland College students.

On March 23, 2017, the conference speakers and panelists, faculty and student facilitators, and student presentations will focus on Human Trafficking. According to the recent “In You We Trust” exhibit in the Brazos Gallery at Richland College, “law enforcement and advocacy groups conservatively estimate that 100,000 children are enslaved in the sex trade in the United States. Many of these children are homeless or runaways. The Dallas Independent School District reports that six thousand of its students are homeless, and studies from the National District Attorneys Association estimate that one out of every three children will be approached by a pimp within 48 hours of being on the street. Staggeringly, this means that two-thousand children are potentially sold each year in Dallas County alone.” inyouwetrust.org

Plenary Address:
The Conference’s Plenary Address will be delivered by George Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, Traffick 911

As a son of a mother, husband of a wife and father of a daughter, George was stunned by what was happening to vulnerable young women in the community he lived and worked in. Lynch joined the board of DFW based Traffick911 in 2012. He grew his knowledge by serving on Traffick911’s Strategic Planning committee, becoming President of the Traffick911 Board, and ultimately CEO in 2014.
A voracious learner, his research and training on the vulnerabilities of trafficked youth and brain impact of their trauma prepares him as a voice for the causes and trends in the sex trafficking of domestic minors. He is the creator of Traffick911’s Hooked: Porn’s Hold on the Brain training program. His personal passion for seeing lives transformed is well served by the work of Traffick911. He serves on PureHope’s advisory board and volunteers with The NetFW Men Against Sexual Exploitation (MASE) team.

Keynote Address:
The Conference’s Keynote Address will be delivered by Natalie Nanasi, Professor of Law at SMU and the Director of the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Crimes Against Women. Her work involves teaching and supervising students who represent survivors of gender-based violence in a broad variety of legal areas, including, but not limited to, protective orders, immigration claims, family law matters, and post-conviction relief. Professor Nanasi’s research interest is at the intersection of immigration, gender and feminist legal theory.
Prior to arriving at SMU, Professor Nanasi was a Practitioner-in-Residence and the Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL), where she supervised students’ representation of survivors of intimate partner violence in family law and immigration cases. Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Nanasi was the Senior Immigration Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator at the Tahirih Justice Center, where she represented immigrant women and girls fleeing human rights abuses such as female genital mutilation, domestic violence, human trafficking, forced marriage, honor crimes and sexual violence.

Students wishing to submit presentation proposals may do so by completing the proposal form and sending it to kstephens@dcccd.edu by February 24, 2017.
Funded by a grant from the Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institution program of the U.S. Department of Education.