Meet Our Speaker

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About our 2018 Keynote- Talk About It with Ms. Catherine Hoolahan!

Cabin Fever attendees are delighted to hear remarks from our notable speakers. In 2018, we are thrilled to welcome Ms. Catherine Hoolahan as our keynote presenter.  “I have been amazed at the amount of sex and labor trafficking that goes on in this country,” said Catherine Hoolahan. “Modern slavery is right under our noses and often hiding in plain sight.  I look forward to speaking to the Cabin Fever attendees to help spread awareness of this issue.”

Ms. Hoolahan’s experience has proved invaluable when dealing with victims of human trafficking who have suffered similar trauma as minors or young adults. Ms. Hoolahan was active in helping to draft legislation in 2006 which extended Ohio's statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse from 2 years to 12 years, and legislation in 2009 which expanded Ohio's mandated reporting statute.     

Through her work, Ms. Hoolahan realized that the average age for girls entering prostitution is 13. In 2014, she joined Advocating Opportunity as a staff attorney. Advocating Opportunity is a 501c3 dedicated to providing legal and whole person advocacy services to trafficking victims - both sex and labor, and is unique among legal service providers for trafficked and exploited persons. Today, Advocating Opportunities is only one of three programs in the country which provides comprehensive legal services to men and women, minors and adults, and U.S. Citizens and foreign-born persons. 

Ms. Hoolahan is a member of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Human Trafficking Coalition and was involved in editing the End Demand Act of 2014. She has trained judges, magistrates & law enforcement officers all over Ohio to recognize trafficking victims and treat them appropriately.

If you suspect an incident of sex trafficking in the
United States, call the National Human
Trafficking Resource Center’s 24-hour toll-free hotline
number at 888-3737-888. Callers can receive a
number of services including crisis intervention,
urgent and non-urgent referrals, tip reporting and
comprehensive anti-trafficking resources.