DEWITT — Two special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation will give a presentation on the threat of human/sex trafficking in Clinton County and the surrounding area Thursday, April 19, at the Central DeWitt Performing Arts Center.
Carrie Landau, who is a 1992 Central DeWitt Community High School graduate, and Michael Barker will speak to students from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and parents and community members at 6:30 p.m.
Landau, who is a 15-year veteran of the FBI, and Barker, who has been an agent since 2008, will provide a review of the current threat of human/sex trafficking to children and teens in the area.
They will confront the common misconception of risks posed to teens in both rural and urban areas, and address the misunderstanding of the contributors to the risk.
With appropriate case examples and other common-sense information, the agents hope to raise awareness of the scenarios and situations.
They also will discuss the apps and online behaviors that put youths at risk – regardless of where they live or their life circumstances.
Landau, who is the daughter of Gary and Mary Landau of DeWitt, works with Violent Crimes Against Children and is assigned to the Chicago Division, South Resident Agency, where she specializes in investigations involving domestic minor sex trafficking and child abductions.
Landau is an assistant team leader for the Crisis Negotiation Team, Chicago FBI, and is a member of the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, North Central Team. She recently qualified as an expert witness with respect to domestic minor sex trafficking in United States Federal Court.
Landau has a master’s degree in criminal justice from St. Ambrose University in Davenport. She was the case agent for the first domestic minor sex trafficking prosecution in the Northern District of Ohio. She recently received a reward from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, for her work in combating domestic minor sex trafficking.
Barker primarily works in Violent Crimes Against Children. Prior to joining the FBI, he worked as a clinician for the Department of Family and Children’s Services in Idaho, where he provided behavioral analysis, counseling, and analytical services for child protection and endangerment cases, with a primary focus on endangered youths.
Barker recently received an award from the Northern District of Illinois for his work on domestic minor sex trafficking cases.