MAY 1 & 2, 2013
Meeting the Needs of Child Trafficking Survivors
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
in partnership with ACCT & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women

Policymakers, Researchers and Advocates Meet to Address Needs of Child Sex Trafficking Survivors in U.S. 

First-of-its-kind symposium to address victims of child sex trafficking in a multidisciplinary, bipartisan and public health framework

BALTIMORE, MD – On May 1-2, 2013, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT) and the Goldman Sachs Foundation will host a symposium to address the needs of victims of child sex trafficking. The symposium is part of a White House initiative, first announced by President Obama at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative, to bring together leading researchers, bipartisan policy makers and advocates to identify gaps in research, best practices, and evidence to improve the lives of sexually exploited children.  

Unique components of this symposium are:

  1. The specific focus on sexually exploited children in the U.S.
  2. Multi-disciplinary.
  3. Rooted in the field of public health
  4. Prioritizing evidence-based solutions.
  5. Raising awareness on prevention, curbing demand, and current models that work.

The two-day symposium will address how mental health research, law enforcement, survivor advocacy, disruptive technology, epidemiology, criminal justice, and public policy can all inform the treatment of victims of sex trafficking. Day two of the symposium will be a closed session with numerous working groups to generate policy and research recommendations.

Speaker Lineup

Government Officials 

  • The Honorable Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland
  • The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore
  • The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell, Governor of Virginia
  • The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • The Honorable Renee Ellmers, United States House of Representatives (R-NC)
  • The Honorable Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President
  • The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls 

Issue Advocates 

  • Withelma “T” Ortiz, survivor and advocate, 2011 Glamour magazine “Woman of the Year”
  • Dina Habib Powell, Global Head of Corporate Engagement and President of The Goldman Sachs Foundation
  • Elizabeth Smart, author, President of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation
  • Tory Burch, CEO of Tory Burch and Founder of the Tory Burch Foundation                                  


  • Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Rebecca Campbell, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University
  • Mark Latonero, PhD, Research Director, USC Annenberg Center on Communications Leadership and Policy
  • Mohamed Y. Mattar, SJD, Senior Research Professor of International Law and Executive Director of The Protection Project, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • James A. Mercy, PhD, Special Advisor for Global Activities, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Linda M. Williams, PhD, Professor, School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell  
  • Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD, director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Judy Bass, PhD, MPH, Program on Global Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

WHEN:                                Wednesday, May 1, 2013
                                            9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET)
                                           *doors open at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:                             Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
                                           School of Public Health
                                           Sommer Hall (E2014)
                                           615 N. Wolfe Street
                                           Baltimore, MD 21205

Media Contacts:
Tim Parsons: 410-955-6878 /
Meg Reilly: 802-598-6462 /
Nell Callahan: 202-464-6913 /

News media wishing to attend the symposium should register in advance by contacting Natalie Wood-Wright at 

Twitter hashtag for the summit #EndTrafficking

Additional information is available at or

This is an invitation only event.  If you would like to receive an invitation, space permitting, please send your name, title, organization and email address to