Time & Location
Apr 13, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Christ Community Church, 14200 Kenneth Rd Leawood, KS 66224
About the event
We hope you will join us on Thursday, April 13th for this Human Trafficking Awareness seminar. The primary focus will be on human trafficking in the Kansas Cityarea.
The program will be from 6:30-8:30PM which includes a 30 minute Q & A.
Food, beverages and survivor-made goods will be available from 6:00-6:30, so please come early.
We will hear from Dr. Rodney Hammer from ReHope along with two specialists in the field of human trafficking, Special Agent Scott Titus with Homeland Security and Heidi Olson with Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Special Agent Scott Titus was instrumental in establishing Homeland Security Investigations’ Heartland Anti-trafficking Rescue Taskforce (HART) and the Kansas City Child Exploitation Taskforce (KCCET). In June 2021, HART conducted an operation that resulted in the arrest of 82 individuals and the rescue of 31 victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Kansas City area. In June 2022, KCCET conducted a child exploitation operation that resulted in the arrest of 32 individuals for the online sexual enticement and exploitation of children in the Kansas City area.
Heidi Olson is a Certified Pediatric Nurse and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). As the founder and president of Paradigm Shift Training and Consulting, Heidi equips healthcare workers with skills-based training to be able to identify human trafficking and exploitation. Heidi managed Children’s Mercy Kansas City’s SANE program where she performed/reviewed over 1,500 pediatric sexual assault cases. In 2019, Heidi implemented a screening process in the Emergency Department, which has resulted in hundreds of vulnerable children being identified as victims of exploitation. Heidi has presented internationally and has been featured in documentaries regarding human trafficking topics, including Vulnerable Innocence, which has won 21 awards.
It is sure to be a significant evening. We hope you can join us. Feel free to bring a neighbor or friend–the more awareness raised, the stronger our community will be.