Human Trafficking – A Survivor’s View on the True Costs and the Financial Sector Response
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4/24/2019
When: Wednesday, April 24th
12:00 - 1:30 PM ET
Where: Online, Via On24


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Members complimentary, non-members $75

Half of all proceeds will be donated to Timea's Cause, a social enterprise supporting victims of human trafficking

Estimated to be the world’s second most profitable illicit activity, human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry and a scourge on the lives of approximately 21 million victims worldwide. Despite growing awareness, more can be done on every level – From identifying victims to uncovering the money that fuels trafficking.

The financial services industry is uniquely positioned to respond to this threat. In this special webinar, human trafficking survivor and advocate Michelle Furgiuele will take attendees inside the grim world of human trafficking, and provide insights on how to detect and prevent it.

Michelle will share her story to illustrate the inner workings of recruitment and trafficking. She’ll also give practical guidance on how financial institutions can implement or augment programs to detect financial flows tied to human trafficking. Attendees will learn:

  • Techniques that traffickers use to identify and recruit their victims
  • Key red flags related that can be used to help identify possible victims and uncover trafficking networks
  • Guidance and best practices provided by industry associations, advocacy groups and regulators that can assist with training and awareness
  • How institutions can harness information-sharing programs, both between institutions and with law enforcement, to help detect threats and more effectively respond to human trafficking

Please note: This webinar will NOT be available in recorded format by request of the presenter. A certificate of attendance will be provided to attendees within three business days of the presentation. This presentation is eligible for 1.5 CFCS credits.


About the Presenter

Michelle Furgiuele, Production Manager, Timea's Cause

Ms. Furgiuele is a Canadian survivor, speaker and consultant with Timea’s Cause Inc. and was trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation by Canadian sex traffickers.

Ms. Furgiuele is the oldest of her three siblings and grew up in a prestigious area of a lakeside community called Oakville, Ontario. Michelle grew up in a upper middle class and was known to be the responsible child of the crowd and was often left to look after her younger siblings while the parents took the boys for hockey tournaments across Canada. At the age of 15,Michelle was approached on Facebook by strangers, then groomed, and eventually trafficked. She was trafficked until she was 25 years old.

Ms. Furgiuele began her healing journey and was put in touch with a survivor-led organization, Timea’s Cause, formerly known Walk With Me Canada. Through her work with the organization, Ms. Furgiuele has been presenting for high schools, elementary schools, Police Agencies, Service Providers, Financial Institutions, the Hotel and Hospitality industry, and more. Ms. Furgiuele has co-written several manuals on how to detect Human Trafficking and has assisted victims in crisis.

Some of the agencies she has assisted are the Ontario Provincial Police, Waterloo Regional Police, Lindsay Police, American Express, Deliver Fund United States, and Houston Police Department just to name a few. Ms. Furgiuele is also the co-founder of Timea’s Market, a social enterprise that employs and supports victims of sex trafficking in Canada.

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