DEPUTY ELIZABETH FILDES, BS, MS- PICKED BY STATE DEPARTMENT TO LECTURE IN AFRICA ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING ISSUES
October 10, 2012- Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is pleased to announce that Deputy Elizabeth Fildes, BS, MS and Program Director of Human Trafficking for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as an envoy by the U.S. State Department to travel to five countries in Africa including Gambia; Banjul, Botswana, and Central and South Africa to discuss human trafficking issues.
Deputy Fildes’ audiences will be made up of law enforcement officials, government officials, educators, trainers, medical examiners, and media. Her mission in Africa will begin on October 12, 2012 and wrap up on October 25, 2012.
Deputy Fildes will give lectures and hands on training on how to recognize and prevent sex crimes against children especially in tourist areas like Gambia. Because Gambia is a vacation destination for thousands of European tourists every year, Gambians have specifically requested help in better training their police force to prevent and deal with sex crimes against children- including how to mount an effective informational campaign about human trafficking.
Deputy Fildes is a world renowned sought after speaker on human trafficking issues. She has also lectured in Guatemala and Ecuador. Deputy Fildes has tackled the topic of Human Trafficking for the past six years as head of the Western New York Human Trafficking Alliance task force, a group comprised of state and federal law enforcement officials.
In 2011, she was one of a handful of people named by the Buffalo News as Citizen of the Year. Earlier this year, Deputy Fildes was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the New York State Bar Association. She is also the recipient of numerous other awards.
Deputy Fildes lives in Hamburg with her husband, Jerry. She has four daughters. She is a 30 year veteran of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.