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Workshops will teach how to fight human trafficking

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at 6:21 a.m.

Karen Countryman-Roswurm will conduct two workshops in the next few weeks to teach people how to combat human trafficking.

Countryman-Roswurm, the founder and director of Wichita State University’s new Center for Combating Human Trafficking, will lead an Anti-Trafficking 101 Workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 21 and again April 11 at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. North, WSU said in a statement Thursday. Advance registration is required.

She was instrumental in the last two years in persuading legislators and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to rewrite Kansas law and many law enforcement practices regarding how to deal with children caught up in sex crimes. She had encountered many of these children on Wichita streets while doing social work and knew that many were sex-crime victims forced to offer sex for pay by pimps and other criminals. The Legislature recently passed a law, written mostly by Schmidt, that redefined these children as victims needing assistance and shelter.

The workshop will focus on training and is open to members of the law enforcement community, health care professionals, social workers, clergy and interested members of the community, WSU said in the statement.

Contact the WSU Conference Office at 316-978-6493 to check availability.

Reach Roy Wenzl at 316-268-6219 or rwenzl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @roywenzl.

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