Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: Researching Vulnerable Populations
2012 Interdisciplinary Conference
Please join us for the 2012 Interdisciplinary Conference on Sex Trafficking in the U.S.. Confirmed to date is keynote speaker, Nicole Matthews, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon ~ The Heart of the Valley. The conference will be held at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University on February 16-18, 2012.
Public Lecture - February 16, 2012
February 17-18, 2012
Average temperatures for Corvallis, Oregon in February are (low) 35 to (high) 55 degrees, and could include rain, so bring your umbrella just in case.
The LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th Street
Oregon State University
To register online, please click here.
Your conference registration includes:
- Breakfast, Lunch and light breaks Friday and Saturday, February 17-18, 2012
- A reception on Thursday, February 16, 2012
- All pertinent conference materials
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The conference theme, "Vulnerable Populations," focuses our attention those who are at most risk for sex trafficking. We are especially interested in research that examines risks, experiences, consequences, and interventions of sex trafficking across differences of race/ethnicity, nation of origin, socioeconomic class, sexual and gender identities, ability, and age.
In particular, we encourage submissions that examine issues of trafficking of ethnic minority women in the United States and trafficking of rural women and/or in rural areas. We are also interested in proposals that examine methodological and ethical issues of research on trafficking.
Please click here for the official Call for Proposals. To submit your proposal, click here.
Who Should Attend:
This conference seeks to bring together experts for a cross-disciplinary discussion about the research
challenges involved in studying vulnerable populations enmeshed in sex trafficking in the United States.
It is formatted for those who have research results or ideas, who wish to inform their peers of the work
of their non-governmental or governmental organization, or who wish to fund anti-trafficking efforts and
Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition
"Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota"
Nicole Matthews is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and is the Executive Director for Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, a statewide coalition for American Indian Sexual Assault Advocates in Minnesota. The mission of this coalition is to strengthen the voices of American Indian women to create awareness, influence social change, and reclaim the traditional values that honor the sovereignty of American Indian women and children thereby eliminating the sexual violence perpetrated against them. Their vision is: Creating Safety and Justice for Native Women Through the Teachings of Our Grandmothers.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University in Applied Psychology including a minor in Human Relations and Multicultural Education. Nicole was one of five researchers who interviewed 105 Native women used in prostitution and trafficking for their report: Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota. Nicole is also the proud mother of three beautiful children; Jazmin, Kiora, and Kionte. They give her the strength and motivation to continue working to end violence perpetrated against women and children.
Program for the Study of Women and Gender
"What Goes Around, Comes Around:
International Human Trafficking and United States Law"
Carrie Baker teaches courses on gender, law and public policy, including topical courses on sex trafficking, sexual harassment, reproductive justice and violence and holds a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University and a J.D. and Ph.D. in women's studies from Emory University. Baker's primary areas of research are women's legal history, gender and public policy, and women's social movements. Her current research is on sex trafficking, recently featured in an article in the summer 2010 issue of Ms. magazine on domestic minor sex trafficking.
Survivor and Activist
"Journey through Wonderland"
Schiller has worked as a sex trafficking activist since her escape from the dark underworld of sexual exploitation, brutal domestic violence, drug addiction, and the Wonderland massacre experienced during her tumultuous relationship with infamous porn star John Holmes. Schiller has written her autobiography, The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes and is currently on the board of directors for "Shelter From the Storm", her local women's shelter, an advisory board member for the American Domestic Violence Crisis Line, Voices Set Free, and the National Center for Victims of Crime out of Washington, D.C.
Joslyn Baker, Collaboration Specialist for the Multnomah County Department of
Norma L. Cardenas, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies
Allison Davis-White Eyes, Director of the Office of American Indian Initiatives
Erin Dubyak, graduate instructor in Women Studies
Karen Mills, Administrative Assistant for the School of Language, Culture, and Society
Susana Rivera-Mills, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Sarina Rodrigues Saturn, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Tonia St. Germain, J.D., Associate Professor, Gender Studies, Eastern Oregon University
Susan M. Shaw, Professor of Women Studies and Transitional Director of the School of
Language, Culture, and Society
Rita Snyder, Graduate Instructor in Women Studies
The workshop will be held at The LaSells Stewart Center located on the campus of Oregon State University. For more information you can view the campus map.
Travel & Airports:
Portland International Airport (PDX) is the nearest international airport. It is about 2 hours from Corvallis via shuttle.
Eugene is the closest airport. Airport code is EUG. You can make convenient connections to Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver.
It is about a 45 minute drive from Corvallis.
Links to Shuttle Service:
PDX to OSU Shuttle - HUT Shuttle
Eugene to OSU Shuttle - OmniShuttle
The OSU Conference Center is located on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. Corvallis is located 90 minutes South of Portland and 45 minutes North of Eugene. Corvallis is served by the Portland International Airport (PDX) and the Eugene Regional Airport (EUG). For more detail driving instructions check the LaSells Stewart Center website.
There are several accommodation choices available in Corvallis during the conference, but rooms are filling up fast. Space is limited, so please reserve your room at your earliest convenience.
Holiday Inn Express
781 NE 2nd Street
Corvallis, OR 97330
A block of rooms have been set aside for our group at a special discounted rate of $104.00+ tax per night. Please enter or mention code STC when booking.
1730 NW 9th Street
Corvallis, OR 97330
Nightly rate is $109-$119 + tax. Please register by February 1st for group rate.
Hilton Garden Inn - Corvallis
2500 SW Western Boulevard
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Nightly rates from $159.00-$169.00 per night. Within walking distance of the OSU Conference Center, where the conference is taking place.
Best Western Grand Manor Inn
925 NW Garfield
Corvallis, OR 97330
Mention that you are with Sex Trafficking Conference for a discounted rate ranging from $80.00 to $140.00 per night.
Motel 6 Corvallis
935 NW Garfield Avenue
I-5 at SR 34/Corvallis Lebanon, Exit #228
Corvallis, OR, 97330
Nightly rates starting at $49.49.