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Texas Institute of Investigation Open for Registration

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The Inaugural Class of the Texas Institute of Investigation is now taking registrations.

Registration is open now until October 15, 2016- space is limited.

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When: October 19, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Bexar County Commissioners Courtroom
Price: $175.00 donation to the Heidi Search Center (Terms: registration is non-refundable)

Class topics:

  • So you want to be a Private  Investigator?
  • Finding Your Niche
  • An Introduction to Missing Persons Cases
  • Attendees will receive a certificate at the end of the class.

The school will begin with a press conference held by County Commissioner Tommy Calvert, Jr. and other dignitaries throughout the day.

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Becoming a Texas Private Investigator – “So You Want to Be A PI?”

The private investigation profession continues to see increasing growth and popularity and attracts individuals from all walks of life and occupations. This class will present the history of the profession, detail the multiple investigation disciplines and how to become a licensed or registered PI in Texas

Finding Your Niche
This presentation will introduce ideas allowing the student to develop a private investigation career centered around their passion, unique skills, education, experience and dreams and make you stand out among your peers.

Missing Persons
This presentation is an introductory course on the  reasons that adults and children become missing, statistics, and the crimes associated with missing persons cases. Some recent case examples.

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The Cantinera Screening in San Antonio Benefits Heidi Search Center

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 Heidi Search Center is presenting a screening of The Cantinera at the Alamo Draft House Cinema Marketplace located at  618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX.  The event will begin at 6pm with the film screening followed by a panel discussion led by Dottie Laster, Executive Director of Heidi Search Center who is featured in the film.

The screening and panel discussion is open to the public and proceeds will benefit Heidi Search Center who is looking for 300 people to commit to a $20 per month recurring donation. For $20 per month the donation will assist in meeting budget needs and enable the center to continue to serve the families of missing persons. A special thank you to Ohlrich Law Firm for their sponsorship of this event.

Seating is limited and tickets need to be purchased in advance at HeidiSearchCenter.Com

i ticket : $20.00 USD – monthly
2 tickets : $35.00 USD – monthly
3 tickets : $50.00 USD – monthly
Recurring Monthly donation
$20.00
$30.00
$50.00

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The Cantinera captures the essence of trafficking for sex in the gritty bars and hidden back rooms in Houston’s cantinas. It takes viewers into the secret life, along with a group of advocates who fearlessly tread into dangerous situations looking for victims and offering help.

Additionally, the film records the true story of one cantinera who was brought into the life by her mother at 13, how she lived for 23 years drinking 30 beers a night, and how she longs for sobriety and a second chance.

Heidi Search Center prevents human trafficking

heidi search center logoWith the help of Dottie Laster’s expertise in combatting human trafficking, the center has been able to step in and prevent several missing youth from becoming victims of human trafficking by finding them early and returning them to their families along with referrals to specialized resources when needed.

Heidi Search Center has been on the cutting edge providing up to date resources, including the new Digital DNA kit which is devised to immediately conduct searches for individuals who are connecting with others online. The Digital DNA kit is a free download from their website and available to everyone.

Heidi Search Center was established in August, 1990, following the abduction of 11-year-old Heidi Lynn Seeman. She disappeared from her Northeast San Antonio neighborhood on August 4, while walking home from a friend’s house. The non-profit organization provides community resources and aids law enforcement with search efforts, provides advocacy, and referrals.

By providing educational programs, referrals, advocacy, and assisting law enforcement in search efforts for missing children and adults in San Antonio, Texas and beyond, Heidi Search Center continues to work towards their mission.

Heidi Search Center in need of donations

In order to keep the doors open at Heidi Search Center they are in dire need of funding.

Executive Director, Dottie Laster says, “We’ve received generous contributions from individuals for which we are grateful, but we must have a large influx of funds to be able to continue our mission. Our operating expenses have been cut as far as we can go, but the need for services from Heidi Search Center continues to increase.”

If unable to attend the screening, to make a donation please contact Heidi Search Center, 4115 Naco Perrin Blvd., San Antonio, TX, 78217 or call 210-650-0428. Donations can also be made through their website HeidiSearchCenter.Com

Who is Dottie Laster?

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Dottie Laster

Dottie Laster spent the last 13 years in the effort of the anti-human trafficking movement nationally and in her home state of Texas. She is the co-founder of the San Antonio, Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the past Administrator of the Orange County, California Human Trafficking Task Force and has successfully written millions in grants to assist children and victims of human trafficking.

Along with her position as Executive Director at Heidi Search Center, Laster is the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator with the Bernardo Kohler Center as an accredited representative recognized by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals to practice immigration law under BKC.

Laster is featured in the documentary on sex trafficking in Latin bars and cantinas, The Cantinera, and her direct rescue work is the subject of the MSNBC Documentary, Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue. She is the recipient of several human rights awards and has been featured in numerous publications including recent issues of Texas Monthly, Town Hall, and MORE Magazine.

To bring Dottie Laster to your community or event, please contact ImaginePublicity, Tel: 843-808-0859 or Email: contact@imaginepublicity.com

1 ticket : $20.00 USD – monthly
2 tickets : $35.00 USD – monthly
3 tickets : $50.00 USD – monthly
Recurring Monthly donation
$20.00
$30.00
$50.00

MSNBC’s Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue with Dottie Laster Part of November Marathon

 

Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue, Dottie Laster

Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue Featuring Dottie Laster 

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As part of MSNBC’s November marathon, Sex Slaves in AmericaSex Slaves: Texas Rescue will air again on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 6pm kicking off the evening’s 4 hours of the most compelling episodes about human trafficking filmed from coast to coast.

The Texas Rescue episode follows Dottie Laster and her team performing rescue attempts of known victims of trafficking by “purchasing” her services, often with the pimp waiting outside.

One of Dottie Laster’s featured team members, Cat French of Elijah Rising, was specifically trained by Laster to recognize the complexities of the landscape of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. French says, “By her tenacity and resolute stand against wickedness, Dottie prepared the way for a whole new coalition of justice warriors to arise in Houston, some through Elijah Rising, and many others in similar organizations throughout our city. We have been equipped for the battlefield by Dottie’s patient and enduring mentorship. Many thanks to you, Dottie!

Rescue of Sex Trafficking Victims in Houston

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Dottie Laster of Laster Global Consulting and Bernardo Kohler Center

While filming, Dottie Laster and her team were able to make contact with several victims. Dangerously waiting are the pimp, or trafficker, anticipating delivery of money. Assuring they are paid exactly what’s expected before leaving the hotel room, often funded out of Laster’s own pocket, she lets the victims know that she is there to help, trying to gain their confidence, and to come up with a plan of escape, if the victim chooses to do so.

Viewers of MSNBC’s Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue will get a glimpse of the large demand in Houston, one of the nation’s largest hubs for trafficking according to the Department of Justice. Some victims are being imported from other countries, some come on their own lured by the promises to e big money. Before long they are living a nightmare, and can’t get out.

Over the years the MSNBC documentary series has covered sex trafficking at several locations in the US, including Florida’s Magic Kingdom, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, and the suburbs of any town in America. Topics surrounding human trafficking and prostitution have also been exposed; the men who buy, massage parlors, and victims who are branded by tattoos.

 

 

Dottie Laster

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Dottie Laster is affiliated with the non-profit Bernardo Kohler Center where she is accredited to practice immigration law. She created their Casita program and Save One Soul outreach.

As a weekly Co-Host on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Roth Show, Laster presents discussion and guests who speak out about a variety of controversial subjects surrounding the abolishment of human trafficking and corresponding crimes.

Dottie Laster is featured in the documentary on sex trafficking in Latin bars and cantinas, The Cantinera, and her direct rescue work is the subject of the MSNBC Documentary, Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue. She is the recipient of several human rights awards and has been featured in numerous publications including recent issues of Texas Monthly, Town Hall, and MORE Magazine.

Dottie Laster is the CEO of Laster Global Consulting which has consulted in several high-profile trafficking cases, and has been directly and indirectly responsible for the rescue and restoration of hundreds of trafficking victims. Her strong multi-disciplinary team has an established track record and provide project development, consultancy, and training resources in domestic and international trafficking.

MSNBC’s Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue with Dottie Laster Part of November Marathon

 

Dottie Laster Featured at Crimes Against Families Conference

Crisis Center of Comal County Conference, Dottie LasterCrisis Center of Comal County, Texas will be hosting the Crimes Against Families Conference on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, beginning at 8am Central. The event will be held at the McKenna Event Center, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. The goal of the conference is to learn how to reach out to rural communities with education and awareness of their risks for crime. Registration is required to attend.

Dottie Laster will be giving a presentation on how youth are being targeted by trafficking. Laster will explain the most common grooming practices being seen in schools and colleges across the country in order that young people, and adults, will be more tuned in to the epidemic of human trafficking.

Her presentation will cover the basics of trafficking, especially sex and labor trafficking, what danger signals are present, and the proper responses if one is approached.

Laster says, “There is a growing problem within our schools where traffickers are infiltrating. Many unsuspecting students are unknowingly being groomed by traffickers who will introduce them to a living nightmare.”

Crisis Center of Comal County

Crisis Center of Comal County was founded as a crisis and prevention agency for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Center is equipped to provide services and resources for women, children, and men of all ages including 24-crisis line, shelter, counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, assistance with filing for child support, case-management, victim’s advocacy, transportation, information/referral and community education/prevention. For detailed information about the agency visit Crisis Center of Comal County website.

Dottie Laster

Weekly Co-Host on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Roth Show, Laster presents discussion and guests to speak out about a variety of controversial subjects.

Dottie Laster has spent over 10 years in the effort of the anti-human trafficking movement nationally, and in her home state of Texas. She is the co-founder of the San Antonio, Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the past Administrator of the Orange County, California Human Trafficking Task Force and has successfully written millions in grants to assist children and victims of human trafficking. Currently, Laster is the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator with the Bernardo Kohler Center as an accredited representative recognized by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals to practice immigration law under BKC.

Laster is featured in the documentary on sex trafficking in Latin bars and cantinas, The Cantinera, and her direct rescue work is the subject of the MSNBC Documentary, Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue. She is the recipient of several human rights awards and has been featured in numerous publications including recent issues of Texas Monthly, Town Hall, and MORE Magazine.

Dottie Laster, human trafficking

Dottie Laster is the CEO of Laster Global Consulting which has consulted in several high-profile trafficking cases, and has been directly and indirectly responsible for the rescue and restoration of hundreds of trafficking victims. The strong multi-disciplinary team has an established track record and provide project development, consultancy, and training resources in domestic and international trafficking.

For more information visit her website DottieLaster.Com

To bring Dottie Laster to your community or event, please contact ImaginePublicity, Tel: 843-808-0859 or Email: contact@imaginepublicity.com

Dottie Laster Featured at Crimes Against Families Conference