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Stopping Human Trafficking

October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Brigette Robarge is a current board member for the Michigan Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board, Joint-Anti Trafficking Task Force of South Eastern Michigan, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Lead Mentor for at risk/CSEC youth at Common Ground in Oakland county. 

Brigette currently has eleven years of experience on the issue of human trafficking with six years personal and five years’ advocacy and resource consulting.

Brigette is a current student at a local University working on the completion of her Bachelor’s in Social Work. 

In Brigette’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, family and friends. 

Brigette will not stop in her quest to help fight for others that have lost the will to fight for themselves.  Her passion and faith is unwavering in her mission to help make a difference in the lives of others.


David Manville has presented at over 70 conferences/trainings on issues from Fatherhood issues, children’s rights in divorce situations, never-married parents issues, child custody and most recently, since 2010 on human trafficking issues.  He was the Co-founder of the first Fatherhood Collaboration in the state and has served as a Board member or as an Advisory for numerous organizations such as Head Start, Children’s Right Council, Men’s Health Network and Healthy Marriage/Healthy Relationships.

Since 2010 David had been the BSW Advisor and now Full-Time lecturer for the SWRK program at Eeastern Michigan University.  He taught Family/Individual practice classes, Domestic Violence, Legal Offender, Social Welfare Policy, and the Self-Development/Assessment entry level class to SWRK major.

David’s interest in Human Trafficking began while reading the CNN reports on issues of human trafficking and developed a “morbid fascination” with the concept of buying and selling another human being to keep them enslaved in the 21st century. 

In 2011, David developed and is teaching the only Human Trafficking class at a 4 year university in Michigan which is offered in the fall and winter term as an elective.  In 2012, The Human Trafficking class was accepted as a continuous class which will now be taught year round.  He is expanding his interest in Human Trafficking to issues with children in Foster Care and providing educational information to junior high and high school students. 

David has mentored students in their research and presentations at the Undergraduate Symposium on human trafficking issues since 2014.  In 2012 he and former students established a Human Trafficking student organization: UNMASKED, for which he is the Faculty Advisor.   In 2015, he joined other concerned persons and formed the Washtenaw County Anti-Trafficking Task Force. In 2015 he assisted the State of Michigan’s Governors Human Trafficking Commission on re-writing Protocols for Foster Care youth and Human Trafficking and has been working on developing a resource guide for Human Trafficking survivors in Michigan.  In February, he and a graduate student led a discussion on Human Trafficking in Jamaica while visiting Jamaica on an alternative spring break international service learning trip.  David has presented over 40 times on human trafficking issues.



October 21, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hilton Garden Inn Detroit
351 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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