Two different events designed to inform Northern Colorado about sex trafficking are on the calendar this week.
Colorado State University and Freedom’s Hope Counseling are each hosting events on the topic, with specific discussions designed for both community members and professionals who work in fields that deal with human trafficking.
Northern Colorado Human Trafficking Symposium
CSU is hosting its annual human trafficking symposium from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. This year’s theme is “Joining Forces on the Frontlines.” The event aims to “engage and educate on the issue of human trafficking through research, training and collaboration,” according to a news release.
Anyone can attend the “101” Awareness Track, which focuses on general awareness and education on human trafficking, for free.
For $45, you can sign up for one of the more advanced tracks:
- “201” Professional Track: For professionals, survivors, graduate students and faculty specializing in the field. Emphasizes advanced training and higher-level education.
- “301” Research Track: For researchers and academics. Will highlight research that will inform policy and practice and contribute to the ongoing development of theory and research in human trafficking.
For more information or to register, visit nocohumantraffickingsymposium.org.
Undue Influence: Manipulation & Exploitation in Sex Trafficking, Cults & Gangs Conference
On Saturday at the First National Bank building at the Ranch Events Complex, Freedom’s Hope Counseling is hosting a professional training regarding sex trafficking and related topics.
The event will have three tracks: law enforcement, professional counselor training and community interest. The tracks will feature the following key points:
- A Greeley police detective with the Gang Unit will present his work.
- Megan Lundstrom, director of Free Our Girls, will explain how manipulation and exploitation play a role in trafficking.
- A Colorado State Patrol Trooper will talk about the department’s efforts in rescue and prevention.
- A Colorado Information Analysis Center analyst will talk about domestic terrorism.
Professional Counselor Training
- A discussion on cultic dynamics, pseudo-identities and the similarities between cult survivors and sex trafficking survivors
- A presentation on an identity development model
- An expert will share her experience working with survivors of complex trauma.
- A discussion on aspects of cult recovery
- An expert witness will talk about critical thinking and healthy boundaries.
- A survivor will talk about his experience in a high demand group.
The conference costs $40, with the opportunity for professional development hours. To learn more or to register, visit the event website: freedomshopecounseling.com/events/undue-influence-manipulation-exploitation-sex-trafficking-human-trafficking-gang/.
Connie Mitchell, board certified clinical counselor and the event organizer, said she hopes it strengthens the Northern Colorado community and makes it less vulnerable.
Brooklyn Dance is a breaking news reporter. Contact her at email@example.com or on Twitter @hibrookIyn.
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