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Midland University to host Human Trafficking Awareness Month event

Midland University to host Human Trafficking Awareness Month event

Jan 21st , 2020

Midland University will be hosting a guest speaker as part of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month on Wednesday, January 29.

Anna Brewer, a former FBI agent and special agent with the violent crime department, will be the featured speaker at the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Private Dining Room 1. The event is sponsored by the Midland University Criminal Justice Club.

Brewer spent 24 years with the FBI. She was transferred to Omaha in 2009 and helped establish and operate the Omaha Child Exploitation Task Force. She currently serves as a Human Trafficking Training Consultant with the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Brewer received the Nebraska IMPACT Award in 2016 for her efforts to combat human trafficking and was recognized by The American Mothers Inc. in 2017 as both the Nebraka Mother of the Year for Achievement and National Mother of the Year for Achievement.

According to dosomething.org, about 50,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year, most often from Mexico and the Philippines. Humantraffickinghotline.org indicated there were 82 human trafficking cases reported in Nebraska in 2018.

"I believe it is important to have events to spread awareness of different topics that we may not always pay close attention to, in this case human trafficking,” Sidney Hirsch, Director of Student Development, Warrior Skills, said. “Education is key to prevention, and Anna is extremely knowledgeable in this area. We are excited to bring her to campus to speak on this topic.”

The public is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Sidney Hirsch at warriorskills@midlandu.edu. Lunch will not be provided, but attendees are invited to bring lunch with them.