Conference aims to educate and prevent human trafficking in Kentucky


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville Women’s Center and Women4Women Student Board are hosting a conference to raise awareness and prevent human trafficking in Kentucky.

    The ninth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Swain Student Activities Center ballroom. This year’s conference will focus on the sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth.

    The conference agenda includes:

    • Overview of human trafficking by Amy Leenerts of Free2Hope
    • Resource fair with representatives from community and campus organizations that provide resources for human trafficking victims
    • Breakout sessions and expert panels
    • New research presented by keynote speaker Jennifer Cole, assistant professor in the department of behavioral science and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky

    The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Paid parking is available in the Floyd Street Parking Garage and the Miller Hall parking lot. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for registration and the resource fair.

    For additional information, contact the UofL Women’s Center at 502-852-8976 or


    Editors Note: Pictures from previous conferences are available for download here and here.


    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.