At least 2,000 people in Nebraska are forced into sex work, according to research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A panel of experts will discuss issues surrounding human trafficking Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the College of Public Health, Room 3013. The panel discussion, part of the college's fall open house activities, is open to the campus community.
The panel will address:
- Current efforts around prevention and rehabilitation in Nebraska, including the statewide task force formed by the Nebraska Legislature.
- Best practices for addressing human trafficking.
- The role of public health in all of these efforts.
The panel includes public officials and people in charge of front line response for victims of trafficking:
- Linda Burkle, divisional director of Social Services with the Salvation Army;
- Jesse Davy, MPH student at UNMC and family teacher at Boys Town;
- John Freudenberg, assistant attorney general for the State of Nebraska; and
- Amy Williams, legislative aide for Senator Amanda McGill, District 26.
Brenda Nickol, director of Career Services, will moderate the panel. Melissa Tibbits, assistant professor of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health, will provide closing remarks.