Track: Safety and Resilience

This presentation will include an overview of sex trafficking including identification and review of risk factors. Through videos, a case study, and group processing, participants will learn why children in foster care are more susceptible sexual exploitation. 

This presentation will walk participants through how to create a successful service team within child welfare to address the silent victims of sex trafficking. Participants will explore successful engagement techniques as well as how to overcome barriers and challenges from the community, the child welfare and legal system, as well as from children and families themselves.

Learning Objectives:

  • Risk factors for children in the child welfare system 
  • Signs of commercial sexual exploitation of children 
  • How to build a successful human anti-trafficking response team within child welfare

Presenter(s):

  • Lisa M Vega, child welfare program director, SaintA
  • Alison McMorrow, director of child welfare services, SaintA

Lisa Vega
Child Welfare Program Director
SaintA
@Vega2Lisa

Lisa Vega is currently a child welfare program director at SaintA. She has worked within the child welfare system in Milwaukee for the past 20 years. Vega has overseen various programs and initiatives within her career including ongoing child welfare services, intensive in-home child welfare cervices, and child and family liaisons services.

In 2012, Vega was the recipient of the Caring for Kids Award for Excellence in Child Welfare from the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families. From 2013-2016, she directed two case management teams that worked under a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to provide trauma-informed services within the child welfare system. In 2018, Vega created HART (Human Anti-Trafficking Response Team) to serve commercially sexually exploited children in Milwaukee's Child Welfare system.

Alison McMorrow
Director of Child Welfare Services
SaintA
@SaintAorg

Alison is the director of child welfare services for SaintA in Milwaukee. She has been with SaintA for five years and was previously a child welfare leader in Florida. She has 20 years’ experience in health and human services specifically children’s mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare.