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​​​​2018 Conference Agenda
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Rese Dugan

Rebuilding Hope! The Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County
STRAPWA Task Force Coordinator
Tacoma, WA
To respond to the demand for professional training and development of a multi-disciplinary team approach to commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking around the county, Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County will be hosting a national sex trafficking conference event for professionals who work with
children, youths and adults who experience sex trafficking. The conference will provide top-level training across multiple tracks in order to meet the educational needs of a multi-disciplinary team response to sex trafficking, including focus areas for mental health providers, clinicians, social work/service providers, advocates, first responders, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, medical providers, forensic interviewers and community coalition mobilizers.

Tacoma/Pierce County, Washington professionals and community members have found it necessary that multiple opportunities to gain quality, up-to-date and diverse training every year be made available not only to professionals and community members from the Pacific Northwest, but also from across the United States. This conference aims to provide such an opportunity by welcoming nationwide responders to the country's sex trafficking problem in order to share valuable information across disciplines and to engage in ongoing networking in the hopes of forming a unified alliance to reducing and, ultimately, eliminating sex trafficking in our neighborhoods. We aim to ensure our workshops provide the most requested topics of interest and are instructed by the highest quality of trainers who are experienced and relevant to the current fight against sex trafficking.

Currently, we have a room block at Hotel Murano, 0.2 miles away from the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, for a King Delux or Delux Two Double at $150/night. Upon purchase of ticket, room block registration will be emailed. We hope to have you join us in May 2018!

Snapshot of Some of Our Speakers:

Erik Bauer—Victims of Sex Trafficking Attorney working to end Amend Section 230 of the CDA.

Leslie Briner, MSW —National Trainer and Chief Social Strategist at Social Strategies, LLC.

Chad Opitz—Beaverton, OR Police Dept. Detective and Task Force Officer on the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.

Carlos Rodriguez—Washington State Patrol Officer on the Missing & Exploited Children Task Force.

Dr. Tanisha Knighton, Ph.D.—National Trainer and Owner of Knighton Consulting Group, LLC.

Val Richey— King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Working on “Buyer Beware” Initiative.


Continuing Education credits are avaliable through this conference! For specific questions regarding continuing education credits, please contact for further information.