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Aware2019 was a one-night conference held in july.
over 300 people attended to learn about human trafficking in Mississippi.

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Listen to Audio from our presenters!

Lindsey Simmons, Mississippians Against Human Trafficking
Lindsey Simmons is an attorney and lobbyist in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2018, she helped found Mississippians Against Human Trafficking to serve as an umbrella organization bringing together groups, agencies, and individuals who are in the fight against trafficking. Lindsey is passionate about the anti-trafficking movement in our state. She gave an overview of human trafficking and talked about internet safety.

Jo Beth Petty Murphree, FCA
After 15 years as the Director of Student Leadership at Belhaven University, Jo Beth recently moved to Fellowship of Christian Athletes to become the first female Area Director in the southeast United States. Jo Beth has taken trips to work with human trafficking victims in Atlanta, and she has extensive experience working with students of all ages. Jo Beth explains how educators, coaches, ministers, and anyone who works with youth can be involved in preventing human trafficking.

Nick Brown, Hinds County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Nick Brown has dedicated over 15 years to serving the citizens of Hinds County. He currently works for the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office as the Sergeant over the K-9 and Narcotics Units, as well as a member of Metro SWAT. He is the primary Investigator assigned to human trafficking. He has conducted numerous investigations resulting in the arrests of offenders who are profiting from the abuse of human beings. Nick tells about what law enforcement is doing to fight human trafficking.

Sandy Middleton, The Center for Violence Prevention
Sandy Middleton is the Executive Director for The Center for Violence Prevention. The Center has served victims of domestic violence for nearly 30 years. Under Sandy’s leadership, The Center recognized the critical lack of resources for victims of human trafficking. In 2017, they opened The Tower, the state’s only shelter for human trafficking victims. Sandy explains the types of victims they are seeing and what victim services looks like.

Ron Crew, Mississippians Against Human Trafficking
Ron Crew recently retired from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy after 34 years in law enforcement. Ron has taken multiple trips to Thailand and Cambodia with ZOE International, Destiny Rescue, and SWAT Ministries International to rescue and work with victims of human trafficking. Ron has conducted numerous training sessions across the state on human trafficking. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for Violence Prevention and as Board President for Mississippians Against Human Trafficking. Ron talked about labor trafficking.

Panel Discussion
Moderated by Sarah Ulmer

View the video below from AWARE2019 for Medical Professionals.
Beth McCord is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a certified sexual assault nurse examiner, and Operations Manager for the Bridge Forensic Services. Beth’s passion for serving sexual assault survivors led her to join The Center for Violence Prevention’s team in 2013. In 2018, Beth helped open The Bridge, where she provides medical care to victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence.


aware2019 leaders

our breakout sessions and discussion panel is led by: