A presentation on the topic of Human Trafficking & Internet Crimes Against Children will be held on September 19, 6:30—8:30 PM at the Vinton Shellsburg High School Auditorium, located at 210 W 21st St, Vinton.

The Human Trafficking portion of the program will present an overview on the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking and labor trafficking in Iowa and efforts to combat it.

The Internet Crimes Against Children portion of the program will discuss prevalent threats facing children using the internet today, methods on-line predators use to entice children, and law enforcement efforts to counter criminal activities and educate the public and at-risk populations. Mr. Ferjak will also discuss parental measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of online activity by children.

Local law enforcement and organizations providing services to victims of human trafficking will be on hand to answer questions and talk about local activities.

This program is appropriate for teens, parents, community members and helping service professionals.

Registration is not required unless you’d like a certificate of attendance. If you do, please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/lpveO4no7jIs3AWh1

Facilitator: Mike Ferjak

Mike Ferjak is a veteran law enforcement officer with over 40 years of law enforcement and investigative experience.

In 1998, he was assigned to the Iowa Department of Justice where he worked exclusively on child sexual exploitation cases until his retirement in 2016. In 2004, he was assigned to the Federal Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force in Iowa and was a member of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) CyberCrime Unit.

In 2012, Investigator Ferjak was selected to be the Director of the Iowa Department of Justice Human Trafficking and Prosecution Initiative.

In that role he worked directly with all levels of state law enforcement agencies and federal Human Trafficking authorities, primarily the FBI and Homeland Security and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. Prior to these assignments he
served for seven years as the lead investigator for the Sexually Violent Predator Unit in the Attorney General’s Office.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Ferjak served as a patrol officer, police chief, public safety director and state investigator from 1976-1988. He is a retired career military officer with 27 years of service in the United States Army active and reserve forces.

For more information contact Erin Monaghan with Benton-Iowa Decat and Community Partnership for Protecting Children at