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Panhandle Human Trafficking Symposium

September 26 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT

| Free – $25.00
“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.”


National Anthem, Color Guard, & Welcome


Crysta Price – Research/Statistics/Online Dangers

09:00-09:10 Break


Anna Brewer – What Is Human Trafficking?


Break/Table Talk


Survivor Story – Special Guest: Jessa Dillow Crisp




Glen Parks – Prosecution/Legal/Definition of Human Trafficking


Break/Table Talk


Panel of Experts  


Retiring of Colors, Moment of Silence, Final Words

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.

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.

Nurse CEUs – Please contact Reba Dodge or 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:

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


If the $25.00 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.

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September 26
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free – $25.00
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Jessica Lecher


Gering Civic Center
1050 M Street
Gering, NE 69341 United States
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(308) 436-6888