Cal Poly to Host Anti-Human Trafficking Summit Jan. 26-28

Event will include community panel, resource fair, and law enforcement training

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host an anti-human trafficking summit Jan. 26-28 on campus, including a community panel and resource fair, student project showcase, a documentary film and talk with a human trafficking survivor, and training sessions for law enforcement.

“The summit aims to raise awareness to the Cal Poly community and the general public, and provide specialized training to law enforcement to combat one of the greatest human rights violations of our time,” said Cal Poly CCI Program Manager Martin Minnich.

“Human trafficking targets our youth, including college students, preying upon the innocent and vulnerable. Victims are often physically, mentally, emotionally, and economically manipulated, controlled, and abused. It is a public health crisis and is deeply connected to other crimes such as arms and drug trafficking.”

Since 2014, there have been 12 human trafficking-related convictions in San Luis Obispo County, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

“Cal Poly invites the community to come to learn more about what is being done to combat human trafficking,” Minnich added.

Human trafficking generates more than $150 billion annually and is becoming the fastest growing crime worldwide, according to theCalifornia Attorney General’s Office. California, home to four of the United States’ 20 largest cities — Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco — is inundated with curbing demand and assisting victims. It has routinely been the state with the largest number of identified victims and open cases, with the amount increasing every year, according to Polaris

“Technology exacerbates the issue of human trafficking, making it easier to locate and exploit individuals,” said CCI Operations Coordinator Danielle Borrelli. 

On Sunday, Jan.  26 from 4-8 p.m., a community panel and resource fair will provide information and resources for the community to identify and respond to human trafficking as it occurs within San Luis Obispo County and beyond. The community panel will feature Global Emancipation Network Executive Director Sherrie Caltagirone; Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, who represents California Assembly District 35; San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow; and Sowers Education Group Founder and Director Rachel Thomas, M.Ed.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Minnich will announce the launch of the Trafficking Investigations Hub at the California Cybersecurity Institute. The announcement will take place at 3:30 p.m. 

From 4-6 p.m., an Emmy-nominated documentary film on human trafficking, “Shattered Dreams: Sex Trafficking in America,” will be shown. One of the human trafficking survivors featured in the movie will speak and answer questions after the film. From 6-7 p.m., Cal Poly students will present projects representing the work they have completed over the past six months to help combat human trafficking. These events are open to the public and free to attend. 

All of the events will be held in the Cal Poly Multi-Activity Center in the ASI Recreation Center (No. 43). For more information, visit

The summit also will feature training sessions for the law enforcement community on technology strategies to disrupt human trafficking. The training has been certified by the State of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).  Attendees will learn about the following topics:
- Labor Trafficking Investigations and Prosecutions.
- Building a Community Response.
- Technological Tools for Disrupting Human Trafficking.
- Online Investigations in Human Trafficking.

To register and learn more about the specialized training for the law enforcement community, please visit

About the California Cybersecurity Institute 
The California Cybersecurity Institute teaches Californians to protect California through cybercrime forensics and statewide tactical response training. The program helps shape California’s cyber standards and practices by offering an environment for cyber defense innovation through advanced study and basic and applied research on emerging issues and technical challenges. For more information, visit

About Cal Poly
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes, and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 21,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled, hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. Cal Poly is consistently ranked a top university for academics, value, and graduate salaries. For more information, visit

Contact: Jimmy Baker
CCI Account Coordinator 

January 9, 2020

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