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Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh

Asylee, Refugee Migrant Assistance Network (A.R.M.A.N.)

Founder

@drhalleh, @stoptorturenow

Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh is an international counter-trafficking advisor and trauma specialist in the psychological treatment of torture, specifically in survivors of human trafficking, war refugees, genocide, victims of terrorism, radicalized youth, gender based violence, and most recently survivors of cults and ecclesiastic abuse. She has worked extensively with survivors of trafficking and torture in the Middle East in acute/post-conflict zones and refugee camps doing disaster relief, resiliency, and capacity-building, psychological first aid, and investigative research. She is the Founder of ARMAN (Asylee, Refugee Migrant Assistance Network) a multidisciplinary, multicultural, forensic mental health organization supported by a team of international trauma experts, subject matter experts, medical and academic researchers and practitioners who have extensive experience treating and working with individuals who have suffered the most extreme forms of torture and trauma around the world. She frequently provides consultation and training to law enforcement agencies, service providers, faith-based organization, prosecutors, investigators, medical practitioners and the business sector internationally and domestically on trauma-informed counter-trafficking best practice.

SB'16 SanDiego

SB’16 San Diego included four days of extraordinary conversation and intelligent insight that inspired business success through innovation and action towards a sustainable future. Sustainable Brands delivered a world class line-up of thought leaders and practitioners who are leading the way with incredible surges of new values, creativity and the resulting new products and services facilitating the transition to a truly sustainable future.

ELEVATING OUR COLLECTIVE PURPOSE

Sex Trafficking Originating in the US: How Brands can Help by Interrupting Demand and Ending Commercial Exploitation

 

Did you know that most online solicitation of sex happens during work hours—has a peak time of 2 pm—and that 63% of trafficked persons state that they have met buyers on company property (within 30% of all businesses)? Astoundingly, the average age of involuntary entry into the commercial sex industry is 12 years. Additionally, a recent regional study found that an alarming number of buyers of commercial sex are Caucasian men who have completed post-graduate education and who earn well over $100k—men who have substantial involvement and influence within our cities’ business community.

We often don’t think of human trafficking as a domestic issue but as an overseas or a supply-chain-based issue. However, many states are becoming informed of the data regarding its infiltration into our communities and are currently passing victim-centered legislation and mandating training for the business sector in awareness of this as a domestic issue and in responsible measures to prevent it. Emerging trends in legislation is the awareness that businesses are recognized as vulnerable to being used for facilitating the buying, and are, therefore, utilizing unique multi-disciplinary ways to intercept and interrupt these patterns by engaging our community stakeholders to be accountable to collectively address and fight trafficking. There is a huge opportunity and a serious responsibility being recognized for companies to not only curb demand for victims of sex trafficking in their workforce and to engage with the issue of its facilitation on business property but to take a public stance against human trafficking through core socially conscious business practices. Join this discussion to learn from a diverse panel of experts from the NGO, corporate, and practitioner professions.

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Speaker at SB'16 SanDiego

Sustainable Brands consistently delivers a world-class faculty of thought leaders and practitioners who are demonstrating the many ways that brands can benefit by leading the path to a flourishing future. Below is the list of confirmed SB’16 San Diego speakers.

Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh

Asylee, Refugee Migrant Assistance Network (ARMAN)

Founder

@stoptorturenow

Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh is an international counter-trafficking advisor and trauma specialist in the psychological treatment of torture, specifically in survivors of human trafficking, war refugees, genocide, victims of terrorism, radicalized youth, gender based violence, and most recently survivors of cults and ecclesiastic abuse. She has worked extensively with survivors of trafficking and torture in the Middle East in acute/post-conflict zones and refugee camps doing disaster relief, resiliency, and capacity-building, psychological first aid, and investigative research. She is the Founder of ARMAN (Asylee, Refugee Migrant Assistance Network) a multidisciplinary, multicultural, forensic mental health organization supported by a team of international trauma experts, subject matter experts, medical and academic researchers and practitioners who have extensive experience treating and working with individuals who have suffered the most extreme forms of torture and trauma around the world. She frequently provides consultation and training to law enforcement agencies, service providers, faith-based organization, prosecutors, investigators, medical practitioners and the business sector internationally and domestically on trauma-informed counter-trafficking best practice.

#SB17Detroit Livestream

#SB17Detroit Livestream

Sustainable Brands is bringing more global business and brand leaders together than ever before. This year, join a remote audience of sustainability analysts, brand strategists, and design innovators for an exclusive live streamed event from Detroit, MI, May 22-25. 

2,000+ conference attendees will share how better brands will shape the future by keeping tabs on the changing playing field. Thanks to CVS HealthMeijerand BillerudKorsnäs, those that cannot attend in person can still watch plenary sessions live, or on demand, for FREE.

A Call to Action: Brands as Key Allies in the Fight against Sex Trafficking

BEHAVIOR CHANGE

As the complexity of social and regulatory climates is increasing, so will the pressure on today’s brands to partake in the solutions and prevention of further gross human rights violations around the world. Given consumers’ expectations of companies to adhere to sustainability and transparency, as well as public sector activism in a growing number of countries, brands that want to be respected have no choice but to address critical social issues ‘hiding’ in plain sight. Focusing specifically on commercial sex trafficking, this discussion session will address solutions and steps top management can take – from an interpersonal level to the brand level – toward the goal of disrupting, preventing, and countering the trafficking of persons. Join for an inspiring, emotional, and timely conversation.

 

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Sex Trafficking Originating in the US: How Brands can Help by Interrupting Demand and Ending Commercial Exploitation

ELEVATING OUR COLLECTIVE PURPOSE

Did you know that most online solicitation of sex happens during work hours—has a peak time of 2 pm—and that 63% of trafficked persons state that they have met buyers on company property (within 30% of all businesses)? Astoundingly, the average age of involuntary entry into the commercial sex industry is 12 years. Additionally, a recent regional study found that an alarming number of buyers of commercial sex are Caucasian men who have completed post-graduate education and who earn well over $100k—men who have substantial involvement and influence within our cities’ business community.

We often don’t think of human trafficking as a domestic issue but as an overseas or a supply-chain-based issue. However, many states are becoming informed of the data regarding its infiltration into our communities and are currently passing victim-centered legislation and mandating training for the business sector in awareness of this as a domestic issue and in responsible measures to prevent it. Emerging trends in legislation is the awareness that businesses are recognized as vulnerable to being used for facilitating the buying, and are, therefore, utilizing unique multi-disciplinary ways to intercept and interrupt these patterns by engaging our community stakeholders to be accountable to collectively address and fight trafficking. There is a huge opportunity and a serious responsibility being recognized for companies to not only curb demand for victims of sex trafficking in their workforce and to engage with the issue of its facilitation on business property but to take a public stance against human trafficking through core socially conscious business practices. Join this discussion to learn from a diverse panel of experts from the NGO, corporate, and practitioner professions.

 

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Sex Trafficking: How Brands Can Help End Commercial Exploitation by Interrupting Demand

by Lauren Hare

As a first-time attendee at a Sustainable Brands conference, I expected SB’16 San Diegoto be largely about environmental issues. It certainly was – from the conference’s commitment to producing zero waste, to Pratt & Whitney’s “green” jet engine on display in the parking lot. But as a purpose-driven professional with a commitment to the social impact side of corporate social responsibility, I was thrilled to hear panelists redefine sustainability through a human-focused lens.

In particular, Wednesday’s panel on sex trafficking and how brands can help interrupt demand was a standout session. Moderated by Gwen Migita, VP of Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship at Caesars Corporation, the panel featured a corporate brand leading the charge to end commercial exploitation along with subject matter experts. Brenda Schultz, Director of Responsible Business at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, shared how her company has taken strides to fight sex trafficking; while Mar Brettmann, Executive Director of Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), and Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh, an international counter-trafficking advisor and trauma specialist in torture and sex trafficking, provided context on the far-ranging scope of the issue...

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Shifting our Collective Narrative: The Private Sector as a Key Ally in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking

As the complexity of social and regulatory climates is increasing, so will the pressure on today’s brands to partake in the solutions and prevention of further gross human rights violations in our current global landscape. From consumers’ expectations of companies to adhere to sustainability and transparency to the public sector activism that is continuing to have serious impact in effecting soft policies or “self-regulation” which is leading to “hard laws” and legislative mandates, how do today’s companies continue to balance their attendance to critical social concerns with the demands for their own profitability while also moving toward developing and incorporating the requisite social consciousness into brand management that can combat such complex issues as sex trafficking?

In addressing a range of proposed business policies and protocols that encompass the responsibility of companies to not only curb demand from clients and employees for criminally acquired services but also to create internal change and a major shift in culturally propagated impressions and attitudes company-wide, to amplify awareness in all its sectors of operations, as well as to take a public stance regarding a broad resistance toward the general tendency to support these horrors by the silence that in effect condones their continuance, this talk will specifically address solutions and steps top management needs to promote and effect–from an interpersonal level to the brand level–toward the goal of disrupting, preventing, and countering commercial sex trafficking. In a context of sharing a multi-systems approach such as examining effective and powerful case studies, corporate education, policy and procedures, federal and global legislation mandates and trends, the social impact of a companywide cultural shift, as well as practical actionable items and initial steps to activate internal and external change that support best practices, we urge you to join us for an inspiring, powerful, and timely conversation.

 

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Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh

Asylee, Refugee Migrant Assistance Network (ARMAN)

Founder

@stoptorturenow

Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh is an international counter-trafficking advisor and trauma specialist in the psychological treatment of torture, specifically in survivors of human trafficking, war refugees, genocide, victims of terrorism, radicalized youth, gender based violence, and most recently survivors of cults and ecclesiastic abuse. She has worked extensively with survivors of trafficking and torture in the Middle East in acute/post-conflict zones and refugee camps doing disaster relief, resiliency, and capacity-building, psychological first aid, and investigative research. She is the Founder of ARMAN (Asylee, Refugee Migrant Assistance Network) a multidisciplinary, multicultural, forensic mental health organization supported by a team of international trauma experts, subject matter experts, medical and academic researchers and practitioners who have extensive experience treating and working with individuals who have suffered the most extreme forms of torture and trauma around the world. She frequently provides consultation and training to law enforcement agencies, service providers, faith-based organization, prosecutors, investigators, medical practitioners and the business sector internationally and domestically on trauma-informed counter-trafficking best practice.

 

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