Our 3rd annual free conference is 6 events over 3 days to deepen your knowledge and guide you on the journey towards preventing sexual exploitation and trafficking in our communities.
Friday, April 20 – Morning Session
8:30 am – 10:00 am
PRAYER BREAKFAST – PASTORS / MINISTRY LEADERS
Faith Covenant Church, 12921 Nicollet Ave S, Burnsville, MN
Come and join us as we pray for the work of justice in our communities and hear from local pastors and anti-trafficking leaders. Midwest pastors and ministry leaders are invited to pray and hear how they can spark the mobilization of their church members for this cause. A video from a survivor on the path to healing -- who was supported by a loving church body -- will also be shown.
Co-Sponsored by Transform Minnesota. Free Breakfast Provided.
Carl is the President of the Transform Minnesota, a regional evangelical network serving thousands of leaders each year, with a vision to connect Christian leaders, develop Biblical solutions, and equip churches to transform communities. He also was the Executive Director of their refugee resettlement program, Arrive Ministries, for seven years.
Mike is the Lead Pastor of Illumination Church in Burnsville, MN and has intentionally leveraged his influence in the local church and in the military, (as a former Army Chaplain), to support anti-trafficking movements. He desires to see the local church serve and lead the way in alleviating human trafficking wherever the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed.
Friday, April 20 – Evening Session
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sex Trafficking Electives
Hope Community Church East, 704 11th Ave S, Minneapolis Parking Map
Choose from two of five relevant topics for this issue:
Sex Trafficking in MN – Amanda Casey -- Trafficking Justice. An overview of what is happening in our Minnesota communities filled with the latest facts , figures, and case studies.
Trafficking on the Internet – Carter Staaf --Twin Cities Sex Trafficking Police Detective. A first-hand view of how perpetrators are grooming and recruiting vulnerable children and adults through social media and chat rooms.
Prevention of Teen Exploitation – Maggie F. – Comm Liaison-Advocate – Cornerstone. A short course on how we can educate teenagers about the difference between healthy friendships and exploitive relationships from those who intend to profit from and abuse their victims.
Justice as God’s Priority – Laura Mulliken – Source Anti-Trafficking. The strong theme of justice weaving through all books of the Bible: God’s heart for justice, and our calling to be lights in these days of darkness.
Pornography: Fueling the Demand – Tim Casey – Trafficking Justice. The prevalence, damage, and scope of pornography in society. The reality of porn addiction, and how men can become free from this menace.
(Each one hour elective will be repeated twice)
Saturday, April 21 – Morning Session
9:00 am – 12 noon
Sex Trafficking: Causes and Cures
Christ Presbyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Road, Edina
(Resource tables by other Twin Cities anti-trafficking groups: 8 – 9 am, noon – 1 pm)
Four powerful speakers share about the realities of the sex trade in our Minnesota communities. Find out in depth what motivates the sellers and the buyers. Learn more about the trauma experienced by victims and the current situation in our state.
There will also be resource tables at this event hosted by organizations around the Twin Cities who are fighting against sexual exploitation and trafficking starting at 8 am.
A.C.T. (Anti Child Traﬃcking) United Founder and Lead Training Facilitator, Police Oﬃcer Minneapolis PD, Retired. With 20 years of experience working with children, teens, and families in youth outreach, domestic and foreign missions, and as a Police Officer, Jessica brings first-hand information and experience to the issue of juvenile sex trafficking. She will give an overview of sex trafficking in our communities: What is happening, where is it happening, and who is involved.
Executive Vice President, Urban Ventures. John is a former gang leader, ex-pimp, and author who now runs an organization reaching out to at risk youth, families and other vulnerable young people in south Minneapolis. John will share his story as well as provide us with insights into what motivates pimps and ways to prevent others from entering this field.
Sergeant Grant Snyder
Minneapolis Police Department Detective, Special Crimes Division. Grant has spent nearly 30 years focusing on investigations, advocacy and research involving victims of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and commercial sexual exploitation. Currently, he is the lead investigator in all human trafficking/sex trafficking cases in Minneapolis. Grant will discuss the mindset and motivations of those who buy sex commercially and how we can work to prevent people from becoming buyers in the future.
M.S.W., LICSW., Water's Edge Counseling & Healing Center. Nancy received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Minnesota and has experience working with trauma, PTSD, dissociative disorders, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and with those who have experienced emotional, sexual, physical, verbal, psychological and spiritual abuse. Nancy will discuss the depth of trauma experienced by victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking and the path to healing and wholeness.
Saturday, April 21 – Afternoon Session
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Leadership Networking Session
For Current and Future Leaders of Justice and Anti-Trafficking Organizations
Christ Presbyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Road, Edina
A great opportunity to network with other leaders in this movement. And join the discussion as we hear from a panel of seasoned leaders who share their successes, challenges, and best practices in building Justice Ministries and Anti-Trafficking organizations. Come prepared with your questions about how to start or strengthen an organization or ministry devoted to this cause. Lunch provided for all registered participants.
A.C.T. (Anti Child Traﬃcking) United Founder, Police Oﬃcer Minneapolis PD, Retired. With 20 years of experience working with children, teens, and families in youth outreach, domestic and foreign missions, and as a Police Officer, Jessica brings first-hand information and experience to the issue of juvenile sex trafficking.
Executive Vice President, Urban Ventures. John is a former gang leader, ex-pimp, and author who now runs Urban Ventures, an organization reaching out to at risk youth, families and other vulnerable young people in south Minneapolis.
Sergeant Grant Snyder
Minneapolis Police Department Detective, Special Crimes Division. Grant has spent nearly 30 years focusing on investigations, advocacy and research involving victims of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and commercial sexual exploitation. Currently, he is the lead investigator in all human trafficking/sex trafficking cases in Minneapolis.
Director of Children-at-Risk Ministries Grace Church Eden Prairie
Christine leads Grace Church’s anti-trafficking team and has previous experience leading a local transitional home for sexually-exploited women. In partnership with area churches and many community partners, Christine began the “Stop the Trafficking 5K” which drew over 1,000 participants last year.
Hope Community Church, Minneapolis. Rob has been at Hope for 12 years and works with all leadership development endeavors and leads their initiatives to be a blessing to the city. He gets the unique opportunity at Hope to invest in many twenty-somethings by teaching the Bible, about spiritual formation, and care for the city.
Trafficking Justice and Source AT. Amanda has been involved in Trafficking Justice as the Awareness Track Leader, Instructor for the Trafficking Justice Sex Trafficking 101 class and is now the Leader of New Chapters. She is also the Outreach Coordinator for Source Anti-Trafficking.
Saturday, April 21 – Evening Session
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)
Action and Outreach Events
Location: See Each Event
Join in one of several activities and outreach events in the areas of:
•Prayer – Join us on a prayer walk through an area of our city that needs prayer in this area. We will meet and pray over the people and activities that we observe on our walk. Location: Safari Restaurant - 3010 4th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN. •Awareness and Restoration – We will be creating encouraging cards and gifts of love for survivors of sex trafficking and for restoration home employees/volunteers. These will be donated to various restoration homes in Minnesota. Location: Faith Covenant Church, Burnsville. Bring your kids! •Prevention of Demand – NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SUNDAY APRIL 22ND - Join us at a men’s courage event. In a culture saturated with a twisted view of masculinity, we will discuss how we as men can rise up and be victors and champions for this cause. Film showing. Barbecue meat dinner (BYOM) 6 pm. Film 7 pm. Ends at 10 pm. Illumination Church, Burnsville. Men only. •Legal Advocacy – Writing letters and petitions to our federal and state representatives on bills that are before the US Congress and MN State Legislature. Thanking Reps who are champions for this cause. Faith Covenant Church, Burnsville. •Intervention – We will join the prayer team and keep our eyes out for those in need. No direct contact will be made, but calls to the police or Human Trafficking hotline if needed. Thorough training will be provided. Location: Safari Restaurant - 3010 4th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN.
Join with others as we let our hands and feet do the talking in various practical and safe activities in our communities.
Sunday, April 22
Trafficking Justice Freedom Sunday Worship Service
Several Church Locations in the Twin Cities
Come and worship the God of justice on Freedom Sunday! Each church location will be devoting the entire worship service and message to the topic of Justice and Compassion: God’s heart for justice and how we as His people can be agents of change in our worlds.
Churches are still being added! We have a suggested sermon outline and can arrange informational tables for those interested. Contact us at Trafficking.Justice@gmail.com to inquire.
No Registration Required
Sunday, April 22 Evening Session
Prevention of Demand, MENS Only Courage Event
In a culture saturated with a twisted view of masculinity, we will discuss how we as men can rise up and be victors and champions for this cause. Film showing. Barbecue meat dinner (BYOM) 6 pm. Film 7 pm. Ends at 10 pm. Location: Illumination Church, Burnsville.