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Michigan Chapter

Human Trafficking Panel Discussion

May 9, 2017
5:30-8:00 PM

Altair Engineering Headquarters
1820 E. Big Beaver, Troy MI

Women in Defense-Michigan Chapter will be hosting a panel discussion on Human Trafficking on May 9, 2017, 5:30-8:00 PM in Troy, Michigan.

We will discuss the issues surrounding human trafficking and, specifically, as those issues pertain to the defense and national security industries, as well as Michigan communities.

Leaders and experts will join Women in Defense-Michigan Chapter in a discussion focused on answering the critical questions surrounding this topic, such as:

  • What is human trafficking?
  • How does it impact the Defense and National Security Industry?
  • How is Michigan involved?
  • How does our judicial system factor into combatting this devastating crime?

Please join this discussion to better understand the impact from human trafficking and to become informed on the resources available to combat this crime. Knowledge is always a first step to change!


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Ticket Prices

WID & NDIA Members $45 Thru May 1st / $55 After May 1st
Non-Members $55 Thru May 1st / $65 After May 1st

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Beverage Sponsor – $300


Small vendor tables offered at $150 each


For any non-registration questions, please contact Anissa C. Hudy, Anissa C. Hudy, J.D., PLLC at 248.417.9154 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Linda K. Dixon, DoD Combatting Trafficking in Persons Program Office
Linda K. Dixon

Linda Dixon retired from the US Army in 2007 and began her civil service career as an Intergovernmental Affairs Officer within the Defense Human Resources Activity, Policy Programs and Support. She is the Program Manager for implementing the DoD's program to combat trafficking in persons and is developing training modules that are based on realistic, military-related trafficking in persons (TIP) scenarios. Mrs. Dixon is also working in establishing metrics for tracking TIP awareness training and understanding of TIP-related policy and programs. In 2014, she deployed to Afghanistan to verify reports of trafficking in government contracting. She is working with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to address labor trafficking issues related to Defense contracting.

Laurie Tannous, Lawyer, Customs Officer and Advisor to Cross Border Institute
Laurie Tannous

Laurie Tannous possesses a unique background in understanding the complexities involved in fighting human trafficking: Front lines Customs officer. Seasoned immigration lawyer. Government relations liaison. Executive in import and trade. CEO of the Institute for Border Logistics & Security.

Ms. Tannous serves as an advisor to the Cross Border Institute where she is currently leading a global intelligence human trafficking initiative using technology and data to analyze and predict behavior patterns, rather than being reactive and to take an economic cost/benefit approach to this global crisis.

Sara Woodward, Federal Prosecutor
Sara Woodward

Sara Woodward is an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit. She has been a federal prosecutor for 6 years. Her caseload includes human trafficking and child exploitation crimes.

Melissa Zebrowski, Chief Development Officer, Monarch Wings-Hope Against Trafficking
Melissa Zebrowski

With over 15 years of experience in both the pharmaceutical and international health sectors, Melissa's current role as Chief Development Officer at Monarch Wings-Hope Against Trafficking (MW-HAT) has strengthened her understanding of vulnerable populations and unmet needs. These work experiences have been underpinned by a strong understanding for the need of increasing awareness to provide strategic solutions, whether within the public or private sector, that allow for the identification of opportunities and growth. Along with her colleagues at Monarch Wings, she is working to increase awareness and find various ways that will contribute to end human trafficking, endeavoring to strengthen the organization to ensure that these survivors find hope and begin to rewrite the stories of their lives.

Debra A. Geroux, Butzel Long
Debra A. Geroux

Debra A. Geroux is a Shareholder practicing in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office. Her practice focuses on healthcare matters, including administrative, civil and criminal litigation, as well as professional licensing and compliance. In November of 2012, earned the Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) designation from the Compliance Certification Board and counsels healthcare providers and practitioners on all aspects of regulatory compliance affecting practitioners in Michigan, both Federal, State and local. Currently, she is in the process of updating a healthcare professionals’ licensing manual, first published by the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section in 2013, to address, among other things, recent changes regarding human trafficking education and training.

John Lazet, State of Michigan's Attorney General's Office
John Lazet

John Lazet worked in the Michigan Senate for 28 years, focusing on crime victim rights. He performed peer review work for the National Institute of Justice for 11 years and was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Child Support Leadership Council. Mr. Lazet also co-founded and is President of The Crime Victim Foundation. Further, he was appointed in 2011 by Attorney General Bill Schuette as Director of Crime Victim Advocacy. In this position, he ensures that the office serves as a resource for crime victims and law enforcement, coordinates efforts to assist crime victims in various ways, and advocates for legislative and policy changes that can help victims.


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