Sex Trafficking: Vulnerabilities and Solutions

One in five of the 11,800 runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2015 were likely sex trafficking victims, up from one in six runaways the previous year.

As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network is partnering with Penn State’s Colleges of Communications, Information Sciences and Technology, and Nursing to raise awareness about sex trafficking in the United States and define a community response. 

“Sex Trafficking: Vulnerabilities and Solutions” will feature law enforcement, judicial, health care and advocacy experts in sex trafficking who will discuss the growing problem in Pennsylvania, launch a dialogue to implement a coordinated taskforce, and provide lessons learned from taskforces already underway. Sex trafficking survivor, Jennifer Kempton, will share her story and her work to help survivors overcome the painful reminders of their past.


04/09/16 9:00am to 2:00pm


Founder’s Room, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University

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9:00-9:30 a.m.           Registration

9:30 a.m                     Event Kickoff: Fictional piece on trafficking and prostitution (film)

9:35 – 9:40 a.m.         Welcome – Opening Remarks
                                   Peter Forster, PhD, College of Information Sciences and Technology

9:40 – 10:30 a.m.       The Problem Space (IST Students)

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.     Mike Bartley, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.     Jennie Noll, PhD, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.     Congressman Charles Dent

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.       The Honorable Kevin G. Sasinoski, Pride Court
                                   Jennifer Kempton, Survivor
                                   Barbara Freeman, Survivor

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.         Coordinated Community Response Panel
                                   Enid Melendez, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
                                   Sheridan Miyamoto, PhD, College of Nursing
                                   Steven Turner, Crisis Advocate/Prevention Education Specialist

Box lunches will be provided at Noon for those who registered by March 31.

Coffee and beverage service offered throughout the day.

If you suspect a case of sex trafficking

Contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year) OR

Contact federal law enforcement directly at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 1-866-347-2423 (toll free) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

If you suspect a case of child sex trafficking

Contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, at 1-800-THE-LOST or, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.