COTC’s Lifelong Learning Institute Presents Human Trafficking Program

NEWARK, Ohio, January 13, 2016 - The Lifel​ong Learning Institute (LLI) of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will present a four-hour program titled "Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery" on Wednesday, January 20 in the Reese Center on the Newark Campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark.  

The course is presented by April Cohagen-Gibson, an instructor of Criminal Justice with a focus on victimology, probation & parole, private security, juvenile crime, and criminal law. She is also a unit instructor with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission, teaching in police academies throughout the state of Ohio. She educates future cadets on professionalism, ethics, and juvenile justice, as well as human relations including: domestic violence, crisis intervention, child abuse, neglect, the missing, and human trafficking. Published three times with "The National Federation of Republican Women," Cohagen-Gibson is most noted for her articles on women's health and safety issues.

During this informational session, participants will be educated on the scope of human trafficking both internationally and within the United States, plus they will carefully survey the two most common forms of human trafficking: sex trade and labor trade, as well as the difference between human trafficking and alien smuggling. Participants will learn to identify suspicious behaviors of the offenders and of the actual victims. Participants will further learn to identify the crime of human trafficking and of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), while also engaging in discussion about how victims are exploited; how victims' mindsets are altered after enduring such violence; and what the State of Ohio's current practice is on processing perpetrators and the sentences being handed down. Participants will further recognize resources and agencies within our communities that include a safe-haven for victims and study the sensitivity-issues relative to how law enforcement officers and others should engage with possible victims.

The program starts at 10:00 a.m. and breaks at 12:00 p.m.; then resumes at 1:00 p.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. It is open to Central Ohio seniors over the age of 60. First time guests of the Lifelong Learning Institute are invited to participate for free during their first session. Refreshments are offered at no cost. To register for the January 20th course, or to learn more about the Lifelong Learning Institute at COTC, contact Vicki Maple, Director, at phone 740-364-9565, or email  Information is also available online at

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.