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Cameron University invites community members to learn efforts against human trafficking

The Cameron University Department of Social Sciences, in conjunction with The Red Cord and the Human Trafficking Training Center, will host a community workshop focusing on the problem of human trafficking on Monday, April 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Shepler Ballroom. Area residents will learn about human trafficking in the community and how to support law enforcement in their efforts.

The training session will be conducted by Dan Nash and Alison Phillips, co-founders of the Human Trafficking Training Center.

There is no cost to attend this community training session. Attendees are asked to RSVP by contacting Phillips at alison@humantraffickingtrainingcenter.com.

Nash is a retired Missouri State Trooper, where he spent 27 years investigating human trafficking, narcotics and vice, homicide and other violent crimes. He served as sergeant of the Human Trafficking Unit at the State Patrol and was the enforcement supervisor of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. Nash created the Special Victims Methodology for investigating human trafficking cases, which is now being used by numerous law enforcement agencies. He has been passionate about improving the anti-trafficking program within law enforcement and the community since 2012.

Phillips previously served as the director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. In that role, Phillips built a strong, engaged multi-disciplinary team that conducted proactive operations, trained thousands of law enforcement and health care professionals, and implemented strategic initiatives such as “The Hope Initiative,” which resulted in the closure of 40% of the state’s illicit massage businesses and became a national model. She has nearly a decade of experience in counter human trafficking work, through advocating and mentoring survivors, in consultancy, event planning, coalition building, providing trainings, public speaking (including her own Ted Talk) and community engagement.

This event is made possible by the GEO Group Endowed Lectureship in Criminal Justice and Sociology.



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