Chadron State College’s senior Social Work majors enrolled in Methods III: Org and Communities (SW 435) are hosting a conference, “Not for Sale: Sex Trafficking in Nebraska,” today, Nov. 1, in the Student Center Ballroom from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is free and open to the public.
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and the conference begins at 8 a.m.
After a short table discussion, members of the CSC Theatre Department will perform “She Has a Name” by Andrew Kooman.
Hollie Strand will be the first of four speakers to present at 8:30 a.m. Strand works as a Computer Forensic Examiner at the Pennington County Sherriff’s Office and her presentation is titled “Online Dangers.”
Federico Vicente will then present “SAFE-T Training” and “What’s Being Done in Nebraska?” at 9:30 a.m. Vicente is the Salvation Army’s Fight to End Trafficking Program (SAFE-T) Community Outreach Coordinator in Nebraska.
After a short break, a survivor of sex trafficking will present “Experiences of Being Trafficked; Hope for Others” at 10:50 a.m.
Attendees will then be provided lunch at 11:30 a.m., accompanied by a speech from President Randy Rhine.
At 12:30 p.m., members of CSC’s Theatre Department will return to perform the second part of “She Has a Name.”
The fourth speaker, Joseph Smith, will address attendees at 12:45 p.m. Smith, Madison County Attorney, will present “Prosecution and Sex Trafficking.”
Strand will return to the stage at 1:40 p.m. to present a second topic, “Child Sexual Abuse: Bootcamp for Sex Trafficking.”
Following Strand, a panel of experts will take part in a question and answer session with audience members. Panel members include Cassie Wegelin, a Scottsbluff State Patrol Investigator, Russel Harford, Dawes County Judge, Nicole Keller, DOVES Program Coordinator for Dawes and Sheridan County and Vicente.
For more information, visit the conference’s Facebook page.