Daemen College Social Work Department to Offer Presentation on Human Trafficking March 14

Presentation Will Focus on Enhancing Community’s Capacity to Identify and Report Trafficking Crimes


February 23, 2012



Information:  Daemen College

                       Social Work Department

                       (716) 839-8515



The Daemen College Social Work Department will offer a presentation entitled “Human Trafficking: Prevention, Identification and Support for Victims.” The presentation will be by Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Elizabeth Fildes, Program Director of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force.


The lecture will take place 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Wick Center Alumni Lounge on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The cost of each Social Work Lecture Series event is $25.00 per person and includes lunch. RSVP by March 7, 2012, is requested.  


 Please make checks/money orders payable to Daemen College. Return payment to: Daemen College Social Work Department, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY, 14226. Call the Daemen College Social Work Department, at (716) 839-8515, with questions


This presentation will focus on enhancing the community’s capacity to identify and report trafficking crimes, always with the goal of ensuring safety and support for victims. The lecture will highlight the work of the Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force and Alliance, a multi-agency group designed to combat and bring awareness to human trafficking for domestic and international victims. The task force includes the U.S. Attorney’s Office; Erie County Sheriff’s Office; International Institute of Buffalo; the Office of the Attorney General; the U.S. Labor Department; Wage and Hour; Homeland Security; FBI; Border Patrol; New York State Police; Worker Justice Center of New York; the U.S. Air Force; Coast Guard; as well as the Agency for Missing and Exploited Children. Crucial legislation regarding human trafficking was passed and became law, in New York State in November, 2007.


Deputy Elizabeth Fildes has been a Spanish speaking Deputy Sheriff for 30 years. She has worked in the Erie County Holding Center; City Court; and County Court. While working for the Sheriff’s Office, she has worked as an elementary bilingual school teacher and has worked with at-risk students and the refugee population at Grover Cleveland High School. While completing her Masters Degree in International Business Management, Deputy Fildes worked in career services at D’Youville College, assisting college students with internships and resumes.


Presently, as the Program Director of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force, Deputy Fildes trains law enforcement officers in the Western New York District, as well as assisting in the interview process of potential victims. She is also member of the New York State DCJS Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking. Recently, Deputy Fildes received the Anne Lum Award from D’Youville College for her service to the college and community.


In April Deputy Fildes will be receiving the 2012 Daemen College Social Work Humanitarian Award from the Daemen College Social Work and Sociology Department for her efforts to combat human trafficking. Also, Deputy Elizabeth Fildes has co-founded United Hands of Hope House where all proceeds will go to developing a safe house for Domestic Victims in the Western District of New York. 

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