Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Honored

March 29, 2011 Updated Mar 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM EDT

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Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Honored

March 29, 2011 Updated Mar 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)

Erie County Sheriffs’ Deputy and Hamburg resident Elizabeth Fildes recently received the Woman of Courage Award from the Utopian Euphoria organization of Buffalo in recognition of Women’s History Month in March. Ms. Fildes was also recognized at this “Women Making History Dinner” by City of Buffalo District Council Member Bonnie Russell for her role in bringing awareness to the global epidemic for human trafficking.

Deputy Fildes has traveled extensively both in and out of the country training law enforcement and government officials on the many facets of human trafficking. Because of her expertise in this area, Fildes is a much sought after speaker and has been invited to speak in April at the Human Trafficking Focus Group in Dallas, Texas. This conference which is hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Judicial College, will provide a forum to help increase the knowledge of state judges and prosecutors in regards to understanding what human trafficking is all about; the unique needs of human trafficking victims; and the need for victim-centered prosecution.

Deputy Fildes, with the help of countless others, has also begun the foundation of helping to build a safe house in the City of Buffalo for female domestic survivors of human trafficking. The house will be called “United Hands of Hope House”. For more information or to make a donation visit: www.unitedhandsofhopehouse.org To report a tip on human trafficking please call the Erie County Sheriff’s Office @ 1-888-3737-888