Social Work Conference to be Held at Coker College

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Sept. 11, 2013 – The Coker College Department of Social Work will host an all-day conference beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11. The conference is on “Combatting Human Trafficking in South Carolina: Implications for Social Work and Law Enforcement.”

Registration will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Stein Gallery of the Performing Arts Center. The opening session will be held in the Davidson Hall Auditorium. Breakout sessions will take place in the drawing room, science building, library board room, music auditorium and Davidson Hall.

“We are placing particular emphasis upon child trafficking at this conference, which is a growing issue in South Carolina, particularly in high population areas,” said Shirley McClerklin-Motley, assistant professor of social work and department chair for the social work program. “We are inviting law enforcement, the SC Foster Parents Association, social workers, human services workers, military personnel, school guidance counselors and other interested persons. Anyone interested in learning more about human trafficking in South Carolina is welcome to join us at the conference.”

Speakers at the conference include: Rep. Nelson Hardwick, South Carolina; Dottie Laster, CEO of Laster Global Consulting; Luke F. Davis, special agent, FBI; Pippin Whitaker, University of South Carolina; Laura Carter, Tapestri International; Carla Damron, executive director of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; Gloria Davis, family violence services coordinator for the Pee Dee Coalition; Anna Andoni, Human Trafficking Services case manager; Carmen Julius, executive director of the Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services; McClerklin-Motley and many more.

Co-sponsors of the event include: the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Pee Dee Coalition, Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services and Betty Houbion, anti-human trafficking advocate.

The night before the conference, Oct. 10, the Coker department of social work will host a showing of the film “The Cantinera” at 7:30 p.m. in the Davidson Hall Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served at 7 p.m. Following the film, a speaker from the conference, Laster, will be available to answer questions. Admission is free.

To register for the conference, go to For additional information, contact McClerklin-Motley at 843-383-8006 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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Release written by media relations coordinator Elizabeth McCarley

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