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Panhandle Human Trafficking Symposium

September 26 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT

| Free – $20.00
“The purpose of the Panhandle Human Trafficking Symposium is to create a high quality educational experience for community members, service providers, attorneys and law enforcement regarding the very serious issue of human trafficking. The symposium will feature a keynote address and include panel discussions, professional presentations, and personal survivor stories. Speakers will address human trafficking at the regional and national levels.”

Jessa Dillow Crisp – Guest Survivor Speaker

A respected speaker, writer, and mentor, Jessa Dillow Crisp uses her childhood experience of severe abuse and trafficking to illustrate both the stark realities of sex trafficking, and the truth that healing transformation is possible.

After her escape and recovery process, Jessa got her degree in Counseling and is presently working on her Master’s as a step towards obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

In addition to making some of the best lattes in Colorado, Jessa is the co-founder and Executive Director of BridgeHope and is part of the Rebecca Bender Initiative speaker’s team. Jessa inspires others through speaking engagements around the world, gives hope through mentoring other survivors of human trafficking, and provides high quality training and consultation services to anti-trafficking organizations around the USA.

Some highlights of Jessa’s speaking career include speaking with legislators at the Colorado State Capitol, keynoting at the ANSR Sociological Research Conference, training the Department of Homeland Security, and filming with both Real Women Real Stories and 27Million.

When she is not working, Jessa enjoys hiking Colorado’s mountains with her husband John, finds delight in artistically expressing herself through photography, and is passionate about deeply connecting with people over freshly brewed coffee.

Anna Brewer

Anna Brewer was employed by the FBI for 24 years and held assignments in Washington DC, Reno, Nevada, and Omaha, Nebraska. As a Special Agent assigned in Reno, Nevada, Anna established and managed an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and established and managed a Child Exploitation Task Force to combat child sex trafficking. In 2009, she transferred to the FBI Office in Omaha, Nebraska, where Anna initiated and led the effort to establish and operate what became known as the Omaha Child Exploitation Task Force, a standing multi-agency task force dealing with sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of children. In the last two years, Anna has trained over 15,500 law enforcement officials, prosecutors, advocates, health care providers, first responders, among many other groups as a Human Trafficking Training Consultant with the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Currently, Anna is employed as an Investigator with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office assigned to investigate all human trafficking matters in Nebraska.

Anna volunteers with various non-profit organizations and faith groups, including the Coalition On Human Trafficking, and Carole’s House of Hope, to educate the community regarding human trafficking. In February 2016, Anna was recognized by the Nebraska Attorney General, Doug Peterson, with the Nebraska IMPACT Award, for her efforts to combat human trafficking in Nebraska. In March 2017, Anna was recognized by The American Mothers Inc. as both the Nebraska Mother of Achievement and the “National Mother of Achievement” 2017. Anna was selected as a Member of Leadership Nebraska, Class XI in May 2018.

Crysta Price

Crysta N. Price is the Director of the Data Science Laboratory at Creighton University and the Director of the Human Trafficking Initiative (HTI). She earned her MA in Data Science in 2014. The goal of the Human Trafficking Initiative (HTI) is to provide reliable research on the prevalence and causes of human trafficking, and to identify and evaluate holistic strategies to countering the problem. The Initiative is funded by a generous grant from the Sherwood Foundation and works to support the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force, law enforcement, non-profits, and policymakers locally, regionally, and nationally.

Glen Parks

Glen Parks graduated from the UNL-Law in 2001, clerked at the Nebraska Supreme Court, and initially worked as a litigator at a full service business law firm in Lincoln.  In 2006 he and his family moved to India where he co-founded a anti-human trafficking organization and served as its legal director.  Additionally, he helped develop a border monitoring strategy for a group which stops human trafficking across the Nepal-India border.  He and his family spent a total of nine years in India, returning to Nebraska in 2015.  At that point he clerked again for a Nebraska Supreme Court justice and then joined the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office in August 2016 to assist in the formation and operation of the state-wide human trafficking task force.  He now serves as the Coordinator of that task force.

Dr. Terry Clark

Dr. Terry D. Clark, is Professor of political science at Creighton University and co-Director of the Human Trafficking Initiative (HTI). HTI has its roots in the Social Network Analysis Working Group, a data science research program established with the support of a major grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Dr. Clark is the author of several books and numerous articles on the application of mathematics to collective decision-making. His students have won national awards for research, and several have been accepted into Ph.D. programs in political science in major universities, to include Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Rochester.

A completion certificate and objectives will be provided following the symposium for CEU purposes. Please make sure to sign in when arriving to receive these items.

1.0 Continuing Medical Education will be offered for the 3:00PM – 4:00PM Session.

5.67 Continuing Legal Education will be offered for this symposium.

6.0 Continuing Nurse Education will be offered for the symposium.

6.0 Continuing Education hours will be offered for social workers

6.0 Continuing Education hours will be offered for Juvenile Justice Services

Nurse CEUs – Please contact Reba Dodge for more information | Regional West Health Services is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This Human Trafficking Symposium is brought to you by the hard work and sponsorship of these organizations:

Planning Committee Members:

Dr. Tom Perkins, SPD Chief Kevin Spencer, Liz MacDonald, Investigator Brandi Brunz, Jessica Lecher, Holly Brandt, Hilary Wasserburger, Ciera Keith, Sue Teal & Regional West Health Services.

The planning committee would like to thank these co-sponsors:

  • Scottsbluff Police Department
  • Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority
  • Panhandle Partnership
  • CapStone Child Advocacy Center
  • Regional West Health Services
  • DOVES Program
  • Scotts Bluff County Attorney’s Office
  • Oregon Trail Foundation
  • Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN)
  • Scottsbluff Police Officer’s Association (SPOA)
  • Scottsbluff Star-Herald

We Invite the Entire Community of the Panhandle to Please Join Us for This Important Symposium


If the $20.00 registration fee is a financial barrier for attendance, scholarships are available. Please do not let the registration fee deter you from attending. See registration below for more information.

Lunch will be provided


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September 26
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Jessica Lecher


Gering Civic Center
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Gering, NE 69341 United States
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