Lori Blaker, President/CEO of TTi Global speaks at "Human Trafficking Forum" hosted by Oakland University

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Oakland University in conjunction with Homeland Security, hosted the "Human Trafficking Forum" on January 20th, 2016. Lori Blaker, also President of the Metro Detroit Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women was one of two featured speakers.

Lori Blaker, President/CEO of TTi Global

Human trafficking is one of the most profitable criminal activities on the planet. It is a $150 billion annual industry. Its profits are right up there with the illegal arms and the drug trade. The cost of human suffering is staggering – Lori Blaker

On January 20th, Oakland University hosted a two hour forum on the topic of human trafficking. Amy S. Allen, Victim Specialist from DHS-ICE and Lori Blaker both delivered a comprehensive presentation on this important issue to a group of students.

Amy S. Allen shared her field experience with working with the victims of human trafficking. Allen emphasized the reality of human trafficking in the State of Michigan and discussed specific cases that she had worked on including a domestic servitude case in Farmington Hills. Allen emphasized the need for victim advocacy and greater awareness training for first responders and law-enforcement agents.

Lori Blaker presented a comprehensive overview of how the United Nations is approaching the global crime of human trafficking and how several interlocking agencies are working together to combat it's growth. 'Human trafficking is one of the most profitable criminal activities on the planet,' stated Blaker. '' It is a $150 billion annual industry. Its profits are right up there with the illegal arms and the drug trade. The cost of human suffering is staggering." Blaker went on to discuss the many challenges involved in tracking and reporting on this global criminal activity. She referenced a recent article from Reuter's that discussed how even official government reports can be influenced by political agendas. Blaker emphasized the need to stay aware and informed on this growing problem.

Both presentations were followed by a round table discussion. Participants in the round table discussion included the following Oakland University faculty members; Diana Orces, Ph.D, Political Science, Amanda Burguess-Proctor, Ph.D, Criminal Justice, and Elizabeth Shesko, Ph.D., History. The event was moderated by Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, Ph.D., Spanish. The audience was comprised primarily of student studying criminal justice and language arts.

About Lori Blaker and TTi Global

Lori Blaker is the President and CEO of TTi Global, a leader in providing staffing, learning, research and consulting solutions to industries across various sectors with automotive as a core focus. TTi Global oversees operations on five continents with offices spanning the globe, which include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Venezuela, UK and most recently Afghanistan.

TTi Global has ranked consistently among the "Top 25 Woman-Run Businesses in the USA" as recognized by the Women’s President’s Organization. Blaker heads of one of the fastest growing women-led organizations in North America. Her leadership skills continue to be recognized by the business community. In 2012 President/CEO Lori Blaker received the “Leader of Leaders” Award from Leadership Oakland.
About the Metro Detroit Chapter of the US National Committee of UN Women

The Metro Detroit Chapter of the US National Committee of UN Women supports the efforts of The US National Committee through advocacy, education and fundraising. The US National Committee (USNC) for UN Women is an independent non-profit, 501c3 organization that supports the mission of UN Women and social, political, and economic equality for women and girls around the world.

The group hosts various events throughout the year and advocates for global women’s issues and UN Women in communities around the country. The group also works to support legislation on global women’s issues, especially on leadership, economic participation and ending violence against women.

Members and supporters are men, women, and children in cities around the country who give their time and resources to support a world where women of all ages have access to education and employment opportunities, and sustainable livelihoods that enable them to live free of gender-based violence.

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