Panel Speakers: Attorney General Gary King; Special Agent in Charge, Anthony Maez, from the NM Human Trafficking Task Force and Marty Braniff, author & child advocate
Location: Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort, 1297 Bishop’s Lodge Rd.
Cost: $26 CIR Members; $32 Nonmembers and Guests (includes lunch)
Please note on your order if you would like a vegetarian meal.
Copies of the DVD and Marty Braniff’s book: Step Over Rio will be available for purchase at the event.
Reservations Required. Please reserve by: Friday, July 5
Online Reservations have been closed. If you are interested in attending this event, please call the CIR Office: 982-4931.
CIR will host a screening of Not My Life, a documentary on human trafficking written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer. The screening will be followed by lunch and a panel discussion with Attorney General Gary King; Special Agent in Charge, Anthony Maez, from the NM Human Trafficking Task Force. and Marty Braniff, author & child advocate.
Not My Life is the first film comprehensively to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of global human trafficking and modern slavery. The screening is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and made possible by a grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation.
Speaking for many of the courageous and compassionate individuals around the world fighting this modern plague, Bilheimer recently stated that “it is difficult to imagine anything more evil, or cruel, than this multibillion-dollar industry flourishing in our midst. How we respond, as a human family, to this pervasive and ubiquitous crime is the greatest moral challenge of our time.”
Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life features more than fifty interviews with trafficking victims and their advocates in government, law enforcement, civil society, and the private sector. From 10 year-old girls raped in USA truck stops or brothels in India; to street beggars in Africa; to domestic servants in Washington, D. C., Not My Life takes viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine, let alone accept.
Free copies of the longer 80-minute version of the DVD will be available at the event.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is the only current AG in the nation who is also a scientist with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Dr. King maintained a private practice as an attorney and served as a state legislator for 12 years before being elected Attorney General in 2006. Since 1987, he has been married to Yolanda Jones King, an internationally noted scientist and local community leader. Gary grew up with his ranching family in Stanley, New Mexico.
As Attorney General, Dr. King spearheaded the effort to get legislation passed that, for the first time, made it a felony crime in New Mexico to engage in the practice of human trafficking. In 2008, he presented a report to a United Nations committee about the new law and an agreement with the Mexican State of Chihuahua to combat human trafficking along their shared border areas.
Throughout his tenure as New Mexico’s Attorney General he has initiated and supported measures designed to improve the Rule of Law along the border states between the United States and Mexico. AG King also spearheaded several such campaigns while serving as chair and vice chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General.
AG King personally argued the State’s side in Bullcoming v. New Mexico in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The case, involving the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, continues to have a wide ranging impact on drunk driving prosecutions across the nation.
Attorney General King received the national Humane Law Enforcement Award for his work to combat animal abuse and his formation of the Attorney General’s Animal Cruelty Task Force in New Mexico.
Anthony M. Maez is a Special Agent in Charge (SAC) with the New Mexico Attorney General Office, and the Commander of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and coordinator of the New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force. He has received Citations from the United States Attorney for his work in ICAC.
SAC Maez has been certified and commissioned law enforcement in NM for over 25 years, which includes a 20-year career with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). He spent most of his career at APD investigating violent crimes.
SAC Maez is a National trainer on Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, Technology used to Stalk, and Human Trafficking investigations; he has written several investigative guides for law enforcement and prosecutors. SAC Maez also chairs the Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children National Committee for Education and Outreach.
SAC Maez is Lead Faculty Area Chair for the College of Criminal Justice and Security at the University of Phoenix, Albuquerque campus. SAC Maez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Wayland Baptist University, and a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.
Marty Braniff, author and long-time advocate for children, has worked with victimized children, advocating for their rights through the courts, dealing with children of gang members, and endeavoring to help illegal kids caught in the treacherous web of child trafficking. Her most recent book, Step Over Rio, is Braniff’s fictional exploration of very real and timely issues affecting hundreds of thousands of youths every year. She has won numerous awards for both her work on behalf of children and her work as a poet and author.
In 1984, Braniff founded Child Advocates, a non-profit organization serving abused children through the court system. Prior to that, Braniff worked as a nurse at Ripley House and started the first art program at the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center.
STEP OVER RIO won the Writers’ League of Texas Novel Award. In this mystery/suspense saga, a special agent, a mysterious shaman, an investigative reporter, and a Guatemalan boy team up to bring down the kingpins of a child sex trafficking ring. This is a fictional exploration based on actual children’s cases, a very real and timely issue affecting hundreds of thousands of youths every year.