Human trafficking is panel discussion topic Friday

by Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations | November 13, 2013

If you think human trafficking doesn't happen in Nebraska, think again.

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:

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.

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