Human trafficking conference emphasizes crime is both local, global

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Human trafficking crimes are nearby as well as international, and organizers of a Dec. 6-7 conference at the University of Louisville hope to educate people about the wide-ranging problem and ways to help victims.

    Human Trafficking Conference: Local to Global is organized through the Kentucky Division of the United Nations Association of the United States of America in conjunction with the United Nations Human Rights Day commemoration. The conference will run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at the University Club. The $55 conference fee includes lunches and continental breakfasts; online registration is required by Nov. 30.

    Sessions, intended for the general public, will run the gamut with topics including law enforcement, health, legislation, child marriages and human rights. Program highlights include:

    –UofL faculty members Theresa Hayden, criminal justice, and Jennifer Middleton, social work, discussing trafficking issues for minors in Louisville and a human trafficking research initiative.

    –Marian Hatcher, human trafficking coordinator for Greater Chicago Area Law Enforcement, discussing violence and human rights violations in the sex trade as well as the National Johns Suppression Initiative.

    –Tony Talbott, University of Dayton professor and director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives, talking about a trafficking crackdown of a classified ad website.

    –Gregoire Thery, Paris-based executive director of the international Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution, giving an overview of related laws implemented this year.

    –Rachel Moran, Irish author of the memoir “Paid For.”

    –Angela Renfro, executive director of the Kristy Love Foundation for victims’ recovery.

    For more information, contact Hayden at UofL, 502-852-6088 or theresa.hayden@louisville.edu, or Teena Halbig at UNA-USA Kentucky division, 502-777-5192 or TeenaHal@aol.com.

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    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.