Labor Trafficking Conference Speaker Bio's
Amy Smith is the Program Manager of Anti-Human Trafficking services and Unaccompanied Minor services at the Institute of Minnesota (IIMN). She delivers trauma-informed, comprehensive social work services to foreign-born survivors of human trafficking. Amy also provides training and technical assistance to service providers in the Twin Cities regarding labor trafficking and working with foreign-born human trafficking survivors.
Ms. Smith received her BA in Psychology and Spanish from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. She has worked extensively in various community development projects throughout Central America. In Minnesota, she has worked as a social worker in a variety of settings with the foreign-born population including Minneapolis Public Schools and the Center for Victims of Torture.
Dariann McCormick, MSW, LICSW is one of the Human Trafficking Child Protection Coordinators with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Prior to working for the Department of Human Services, Dariann was a child protection social worker for 15 years providing direct service to children and families involved with the child welfare system. Five of those years were as a Child Welfare Social Worker, providing assessment and case management services to juvenile victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Dariann completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Minnesota. She has a BS in Psychology and a BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Amanda Colegrove is the Safe Harbor Expansion Coordinator for the MN Department of Health. She is managing the process of integrating labor trafficked youth up to age 24 into Minnesota’s response to human trafficking. Previously, she was the organizer for the Coalition Against Trafficking & Exploitation (CATE) in St. Louis, MO. Along with coordinating the coalition’s work of raising public awareness, she trained law enforcement, social service providers, and healthcare professionals to recognize human trafficking in their professional setting. For her master’s degree, she developed a model for assessing the risk of human trafficking in Missouri using qualitative characteristics known to increase the likelihood of trafficking in persons, which is being used in the St. Louis/Southern IL region to target new geographies for prevention and awareness.
Madeline Lohman is a Senior Researcher with The Advocates for Human Rights. She conducts research, community education and outreach, and legislative advocacy on immigrant rights in Minnesota. She also specializes in trainings and technical assistance on human rights advocacy for social justice organizations, as well as international monitoring and reporting, primarily on the death penalty.
She recently published a report on labor trafficking and exploitation in Minnesota and is part of The Advocates’ team on combating human trafficking in Minnesota. As part of The Advocates’ work against labor trafficking, she also convened a working group of government experts to design a self-assessment card for labor trafficking victims as well as trainings and materials to accompany the card.
Her previous work with The Advocates included researching and writing a report on immigrant rights in Minnesota, building on several years of organizing and managing partnerships with community organizations through Minnesota to combat anti-immigrant bias. As part of her work on immigrant rights, Madeline also collaborated with local governments and community organizations to conduct local-level immigrant integration initiatives. She also participates in advocacy at the Minnesota legislature, previously managing communication materials and websites for an immigrant rights coalition.
In addition to her work on immigrant rights, Madeline conducts trainings and creates educational materials on human rights for the general public, social justice professionals, educators, and K-12 students. She regularly presents at local and national conferences, organizes a yearly training series, and helped train Ugandan parliamentarians establishing a human rights commission. As part of her educational work, she co-wrote both a curriculum on immigration and human rights for use in high schools and a training manual on using human rights in social justice work.
Prior to working at The Advocates, she held positions at a variety of nonprofits, including Freedom House in Washington D.C., International Relief Teams, Human Rights Education Associates, and PACT Bolivia. Madeline graduated from The Fletcher School at Tufts University with a MALD and received her BA from Harvard University.
Juli Fast is a graduate of Heston College and a lifelong advocate for human rights issues. She is especially passionate about giving youth a voice that are often overlooked. Juli also brings with her, her own survivor experiences which she uses to help others understand the need for collaborative efforts to best serve youth and young adults. Juli has been with the Southwest Crisis Center (SWCC) in different capacities for over 12 years and currently oversees all the aspects of the youth programming including services to youth who have experienced human trafficking, sexual assault, family violence, and intimate partner violence.
Marc Chadderdon is an Investigator with the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office in St. Peter Minnesota. He is also the founder and president of MSCIC which is the Minnesota South Central Investigators Coalition which is an organization made up of over 90 local state and federal investigators from over 40 different agencies across southern Minnesota. Mr. Chadderdon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State University, Mankato. Mr. Chadderdon has worked approximately 12 years as deputy Sheriff and 10 years as an Investigator. As an Investigator at Nicollet County his duties include investigating burglary, theft, assault, narcotics, human trafficking sexual assault and homicide.