MARBLEHEAD—Celia Williamson, a professor at the University of Toledo, is to speak about human trafficking at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Marblehead St. Joseph, 822 Barclay Rd.
After earning degrees in social work, Dr. Williamson devoted 15 years toward learning, researching and developing responses to appropriately address the abuses suffered by those who are trafficked.
As a social worker, Dr. Williamson founded the Second Chance program in Lucas County in 1993 that continues to work with prostituted and trafficked girls and women. As an activist and community organizer, she developed both the Lucas County Prostitution Roundtable in 2006 and the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition in 2009. Currently, the coalition meets monthly with representation from more than 25 criminal justice, social service and health care agencies, along with businesses, university members, churches, citizens and adult survivors.
Dr. Williamson has become a nationally-known expert on the subject of prostitution and domestic trafficking and has conducted several presentations at the state level, nationally and internationally. She consults with others in various Ohio cities who seek to address the issue of human trafficking.
Dr. Williamson has appeared in several news articles and broadcast news segments speaking on the topic of human trafficking including an hour-long special on ABC Primetime. She has worked with the FBI and been invited to a national roundtable hosted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.