Human Trafficking Awareness Webinars

Monthly webinars related to human trafficking topics will be scheduled on the last Tuesday of each month.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the 5th Annual Symposium on Human Trafficking, Immigration, Child Protection, and Domestic Violence will be rescheduled for May 2021.

Grooming of an Organization by Predators: Strategies that Reduce Vulnerabilities for Children

August 25, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


School Bullying, Trafficking, and Runaway Youths

August 25, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


NEW: Dual-Credit Certificate in Human Trafficking Awareness

Relevant Certificate offering from WilmU

Wilmington University Human Trafficking Symposium

For Additional Information, Please Contact Dr. Johanna Bishop, Director of Behavioral Science Programs –

Upcoming Webinars


10 AM
“Grooming of an Organization by Predators: Strategies that Reduce Vulnerabilities for Children”

Presenter: Patty Dailey Lewis

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Child sexual abuse occurs anywhere- homes, schools, childcare centers, and youth-serving organizations- by people that are known, respected and often trusted. Pedophiles groom victims for weeks and months to break down the child's inhibitions, as well as gain the trust of the child’s parent(s) and the community. In this workshop, participants will learn how best to recognize and protect their organization from being groomed by improving policies and procedures that safeguard children. Participants will walk away with an understanding of grooming and what it can look like in an organization. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how best to protect children and organizations from being groomed.


  • Participants will learn to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.
  • Participants will identify grooming behaviors within an organization.
  • Participants, by improving child protection policies, will learn how to prevent and report grooming behaviors and respond to suspicions of child abuse and neglect.

Presenter Bio: Mrs. Lewis is the Executive Director of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. The Foundation was created in 2015, after the death of former Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III to honor Beau and his life’s passion, protecting children and confronting abuse.

A practicing attorney for more than 35 years, Mrs. Lewis was previously Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice and until her retirement on November 30, 2015, served as the Director of the Family Division. The Family Division was created by Attorney General Biden, in 2007, to better respond to the needs of children and families in the justice system.

Mrs. Lewis has worked in the field of family and child advocacy and protection since December, 1985. She has served as Commissioner on the Child Protection Accountability Commission, the Child Death, Near Death and Stillbirth Commission, the Governor’s Steering Committee for the Protection of Children, the Victims Advisory Council, and on a variety of committees and commissions concerning children and families. She has written and contributed to a wide array of legislative initiatives to protect children and enforce and broaden the rights of victims and survivors of abuse and violence.

Since August, 1989 Mrs. Lewis has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Delaware Law School, where she teaches Family Law, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Interviewing and Counseling.

2 PM
“School Bullying, Trafficking, and Runaway Youths”

Presenter: Brian Moore

SESSION DESCRIPTION: The Bullying Prevention Workshop is designed to provide attendees with a basic understanding of the different types of bullying common in schools and provide some tools and tips for how to effectively respond when bullying situations arise (and they will!). Bullying behaviors and teenage sex trafficking will also be discussed. Workshop not only will include the legal and statutory actions required in Delaware law, but also incorporates best practices for successfully mitigating issues. The overarching goal is to incorporate bullying and human trafficking prevention into a more global positive school climate in which all students thrive and the opportunity for and acceptance of bullying is reduced if not eliminated.

SESSION OBJECTIVES — This session will:

  • Describe different types of bullying common in schools.
  • Provide tools and tips for responding to bullying situations.
  • Discuss the legal and statutory requirements required in Delaware law.
  • Successful practices for mitigating bullying.

Presenter Bio: Brian Moore currently serves as the Program Manager for School Climate with the Delaware Department of Education. In his role with the Department, Brian is the liaison with the state’s law enforcement agencies and works collaboratively to not only train school staffs in being prepared to address incidents which occur in schools, but also in finding best practices to better serve and protect Delaware’s 138,000 + students. Prior to joining the Department, Brian served for 15 years with the Red Clay School District in Delaware where he served as the Director of Public Safety. Brian holds an MBA from Wilmington University with a concentration in Homeland Security. His first book, Practical Incident Management in K-12 Schools was published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers in 2017. Brian has written many journal articles and delivered presentations on school safety and emergency planning across the country for more than a decade.