Randolph County Chamber of Commerce will host a human trafficking workshop on Tuesday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Wedowee at Randolph County Courthouse in the large courtroom. Keynote speaker will be Teresa Collier, intelligence analyst with the Alabama Fusion Center.

Collier has a master's degree in homeland security and emergency management from Auburn University Montgomery. She has extensive training in human trafficking, crime analysis and social media exploitation for law enforcement. As an intelligence analyst, she assists federal, state and local law enforcement with human trafficking investigations. Collier serves on several state human trafficking task forces, including the Alabama Governor's Human Trafficking Task Force, and works closely with Alabama's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. In addition, she is a National Children's Advocacy Center certified forensic child interviewer for the Central Alabama Child Advocacy Center in Selma and Safe Harbor in Greenville. Collier is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts.

Human trafficking involves recruitment, harboring or transporting people into a situation of exploitation through the use of violence, deception or coercion and forced to work against their will. Contrary to a common misconception, people don't necessarily have to be transported across borders for trafficking to take place. In fact, transporting or moving the victim doesn't necessarily define trafficking. Children can also be trafficked, no violence or coercion needs to be involved. Simply bringing them into exploitative conditions constitutes trafficking.

The community event is open to the public. For more information about the informative workshop, please call the Chamber office at 334-863-1402, 334-863-6612 or email at rancococ@teleclipse.

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