8th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference

8th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference

The University of Louisville Women’s Center and Women4Women Student Board are hosting a conference that aims to raise awareness about human trafficking in Kentucky and prevent it.

The eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference will be 6:00-7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Miller Information Technology Center’s Bigelow Hall, 2315 S. First St. Walk.   

The conference agenda includes the following:

  • An overview of what human trafficking is by Amy Leenerts of Free2Hope.
  • A look at labor trafficking in Louisville by Marissa Castellanos, social worker and program director of Bakhita Empowerment Initiative, a program to combat human trafficking with Catholic Charities of Louisville.
  • A presentation of research on underage homeless children in Louisville who are trafficked will be presented by Jennifer Middleton, director of the UofL Human Trafficking Research Initiative, co-chair of the Louisville Metro Human Trafficking Task Force and assistant professor in the Kent School of Social Work.
  • A talk about surviving human trafficking by Summer Dickerson, Founder of Women of the Well Ministry.
  • A resource fair that will feature representatives from various community and campus organizations that provide resources for victims of human trafficking.  

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The resource fair and refreshments are 5:30-6:00 p.m. Parking is available in the Floyd Street Parking Garage and the parking lot behind the Speed School of Engineering. Purchase a $5 parking pass for the Speed School lot here

For additional information, contact the UofL Women’s Center at 502-852-8976 or womenctr@louisville.edu.