Criminal Justice Programs Hosts Symposium on Drugs and Human Trafficking

On Thursday, April 18, the Criminal Justice program and the School of Arts and Sciences will host a Public Safety Leadership Symposium on drugs and human trafficking in the Education and Technology Center Auditorium from 9 am – 3:30 pm.

The Symposium brings together experts in the field to share proactive and collaborative practices that are victim-centered and trauma-informed. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Jeremiah Daley, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic HIDTA and Shea Rhodes, Esq., Director of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Institute at Villanova University School of Law.

Homeland Security Investigations Philadelphia/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Cyber Crimes Investigations Task Force will also speak about the proliferation of narcotics trafficking on the darknet and human trafficking coercion and exploitation.

“This is a critical time for law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, and service providers to understand the social, legal, and cyber environment of drug and human trafficking,” said Dr. Pat Griffin, Director of the Graduate Criminal Justice program. “The Symposium will provide hands-on training workshops to take a hypothetical case from investigation to successful prosecution. It also represents a valuable opportunity for one-on-one networking.”  

The Symposium and training are offered free of cost to law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, social service providers, and invited guests. Space is limited and registration is required by visiting

For additional information, please contact: Dr. Patricia Griffin, Director of Graduate Criminal Justice Programs at