UM to Host Human Trafficking Awareness Events

December 17, 2018

MISSOULA – The Missoula Human Trafficking Task Force and Soroptimist International of Whitefish will organize two human trafficking awareness trainings Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the University of Montana.

The trainings will focus on commercial sexual exploitation, or CSE, a practice of gender-based violence. CSE requires a thoughtful, strategic and coordinated community response that considers and addresses all aspects of the problem.

In two separate training sessions, Seattle-based expert Peter Qualliotine will share insight and lessons from more than three decades in the field about how to work together to create and sustain efforts to end CSE. The workshops are designed to equip those who attend with the foundational knowledge and practical skills necessary to engage others in ending CSE through coordinated community responses.

The first training will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. in the University Center Theater, and all law enforcement, medical and social service professionals are invited to attend the free workshop. Continuing education credits are available. Register online at Limited spots are available.

A second training, open discussion and Q&A will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the UC Theater. This event is open to the public.

Both workshops will train participants to understand CSE as a practice of gender-based exploitation and violence; recognize the importance of robust, survivor-centered, survivor-led exit services; advocate for locating accountability for the harms of CSE with sex buyers; use a spectrum of prevention framework in considering activities and programming; and develop strategies for engaging multiple sectors in shifting the social and cultural norms that drive CSE.

For more information call Katharina Werner in UM’s School of Social Work at 406-243-5589 or email


Contact: Katharina Werner, assistant director of field education, UM School of Social Work, 406-243-5589,