News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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New Castle, DE 19720
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Human Trafficking Symposium Becomes Online Webinar Series

Important presentations presented online to raise awareness of this urgent problem along the I-95 corridor.

New Castle, Delaware (June 26, 2020) – Beginning June 30, the acclaimed Wilmington University Human Trafficking Symposium will be presented as a series of webinars on human trafficking. The symposium, which was held during the summer at the university’s New Castle main campus for the past four years, will move online for its fifth year, featuring an extensive line up of nationally and regionally renowned expert and keynote speakers in webinar format.

Additional Human Trafficking Awareness webinars will be held live on the last Tuesday of every month through November 2020. 

Two separate sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, July 28

10:00 a.m

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI): A Regional Response to Human Trafficking” will be presented by Special Agent Marc McDonald and Special Agent Kimberly Caraway.

2:00 p.m.

“Build, Navigate, Network: Resources to Serve Human Trafficking Victims in Your Community” presented by Kristin Wechsler, Abbe Horswill, and Ted Lynch.

Attendees must register for each webinar at to attend. Access to the webinar will be provided separately. Registration is open to anyone seeking to either gain or raise awareness of human trafficking in Delaware and the Delaware Valley.

Each session will be recorded and will be available to attendees for 30 days.

The 2020-21 Human Trafficking Awareness webinars are presented in conjunction with the Wilmington University Criminal Justice Institute and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

The webinars are free and cover a broad range of important topics, each one drawing from a variety of disciplines pertaining to human trafficking, including Homeland Security; family court; law enforcement; corrections and probation; education; labor, healthcare and the law. Each webinar will be of special interest to parents; educators; nurses and healthcare professionals; law enforcement; clerical and faith-based communities; state health officials; probation, parole and corrections officers.

“The Wilmington University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is uniquely positioned to present these symposium-based webinars on human trafficking awareness,” said Dr. Johanna Bishop, director of behavioral science programs at Wilmington University and founder of both the symposium and webinars. “WilmU offers the only Human Trafficking Awareness Certificate program of its kind in the country today.”

For more information about the webinars, go to For more information about the Human Trafficking Awareness Certificate program, contact Dr. Johanna Bishop via email: 


About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, open-access institution that serves the unique needs of busy adults seeking advancement through higher education. Committed to the idea that high-quality education can be both affordable and accessible, the University offers more than 200 accredited and career-relevant degree and certificate programs in flexible formats. With affordable, in-state tuition offered to all students, a WilmU education brings dreams into reach at a price that makes sense.

Published: Monday, July 27, 2020 - New Castle, DE