Conference to focus on human trafficking


    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— A free conference to raise awareness about human trafficking will be held at the University of Louisville Jan. 16.

    “Modern Day Slavery: Breaking the Chains” will be 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Red Barn, Belknap Campus. The Women 4 Women student chapter and UofL Women’s Center are organizing the event.

    Conference speakers will include Toshia Kimbler, a human-trafficking survivor; Theresa Flores, a child-sex-trafficking survivor; and Colleen Clines, director of the Anchal Project, a nonprofit group that works to empower marginalized and exploited women in India. Anchal Project and Global Initiatives products will be available for purchase at the event.

    The Women’s Center at UofL is accepting donations for a silent auction at the event. Money raised through the auction will support a summer service learning trip to Peru where UofL students and employees will meet with women who are survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking.

    While the event is free, online reservations are recommended. Register at Parking for the conference is available at the Speed Art Museum parking garage, 2035 S. Third St.

    For more information or to donate to the silent auction, contact the Women’s Center at 502-852-8976 or

    Brandy Warren
    Brandy Warren is coordinator for marketing and communications in UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she manages special events and promotes UofL’s Division of Student Affairs. She previously worked at daily newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama.