Northern Colorado's First Annual

Human Trafficking Symposium

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ Colorado State University

8 - 5 p.m.

Registration Now Closed!

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3 Exciting Plenary Sessions:

  • Opening Plenary
  • Lunch Plenary - "Finding Your Lane" with Rescue: Freedom's Jeremy Vallerand, Dr. Becca Johnson and Rebecca Bender
  • Closing Keynote by Rebecca Bender

Rebecca Bender is the founder and CEO of Rebecca Bender Initiatives (RBI). She is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert on human trafficking. After escaping nearly 6 years of modern day slavery, she wrote her first book, Roadmap to Redemption, followed by her recent curriculum, Elevate. RBI's advanced trainings have equipped FBI, Homeland Security, former President Jimmy Carter, local law enforcement, medical professionals, service providers, and faith communities across America. Rebecca serves as an advisor to both the Oregon DOJ Human Trafficking Council and the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. She is also the recipient of the Female Overcomers Award, Unlikely Hero Award, Hero to Our Generation Award, and multiple FBI and Congressional recognitions. 

Jeremy Vallerand serves as the President and CEO of Rescue:Freedom International, a non-profit organization working around the world to empower the rescue and restoration of those trapped in sexual slavery and prevent exploitation. Jeremy has been featured in Forbes as a leading social entrepreneur and has a diverse background working with corporations, government leaders, and global NGOs. He is a seasoned communicator and frequently speaks to students, civic groups, churches, and businesses about human trafficking, social innovation, and leadership. Jeremy has been a featured TEDx speaker delivering a TEDx talk entitled, "Using your Passions to Fight Injustice." Jeremy has a graduate degree in Diplomacy from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in Business from Trinity Wesleyan University in British Colombia, Canada. 

Dr. Becca Johnson is a recognized and respected leader in the anti-trafficking movement. With over 25 years experience as a licensed psychologist, she brings a unique perspective and set of skills that enable a holistic approach to recovery and restoration for survivors of sexual exploitation. Currently, Dr. Johnson serves as the International Program Director for Rescue: Freedom International. As a sought after expert, she provides training for those working with victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, and exploitation. She trains on topics such as trauma care and recovery to programs globally and has provided training to International Justice Mission, Shared Hope International, Not For Sale, and many other organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from University of Southern California.

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Community Member/Student/Faculty Track

Newer to the topic of human trafficking? Receive training in the new Colorado Human Trafficking Core Curriculum. You will be equipped to engage with coworkers and peers with up-to-date information and practical steps to join the effort.

101 Break-Out Sessions

  • Demand Reduction

  • Business: Intersections with labor and sex

  • Larimer Response Protocol and Resources

  • Academic: How to incorporate HT into coursework

201 Training Track

Already gone through Human Trafficking 101 sessions and ready to take it to the next level? Learn directly from trauma specialists, expert interviewers and survivor leaders to deepen your understanding and advance your work.

201 Break-Out Sessions

  • Prevention: What do mentors, youth workers, educators DO to prevent this among youth

  • Legislation: What do we need to know about working with law enforcement and the justice system?

  • Labor Trafficking: What are we missing in Colorado?

  • Therapeutic Modalities: Secondary trauma and self-care and best practices

  • Medical: Signs and Beyond

  • Unique Challenges of Seving LGBTQIA 

  • Unique Challenges in Identifying and Serving Males

  • The Art of Asking Good Questions of Youth 

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