2020 Annual Meeting- Human Trafficking: Beyond Awareness with Primary Prevention

09/23/2020 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for our 2020 Annual Meeting – Human Trafficking: Beyond Awareness with
Primary Prevention – Online Event

North Carolina consistently ranks in the top ten for calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month to bring attention to this issue.

Despite the prevalence of human trafficking and increased awareness of the problem in our community, confusion and misperceptions around root causes and prevention strategies remain. The Poe Center’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Conferences will address this knowledge gap. The purpose of the 2020 conference is to elevate the conversation past basic awareness, provide a deeper understanding of human trafficking, educate conference attendees about primary prevention strategies, and empower them to make an impact.

In September, there will be an online VIP Social & Poe Center Annual Meeting to kick things off followed by two days of Keynote Addresses and Panel Discussions, held online. Once you get your tickets, you will get information on how to access each day’s online, live-streamed event.

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Monday, September 21, 2020
VIP Event, Poe Center Annual Meeting, and Beehive Exhibit Unveiling
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Keynote Address and Panel Discussion
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Keynote Address and Panel Discussion
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Deborah A. Gibbs, MSPH, Senior Analyst, RTI International.
Deborah Gibbs has been leading research in human trafficking within the United States since 2009, with an emphasis on trafficking of children and youth. As a leading researcher and expert, her informative and engaging keynote will address definitions of human trafficking, common misperceptions surrounding trafficking, specific strategies for prevention of trafficking victimization, and the larger societal agenda for prevention.

In her Keynote speeches, she will cover:

  • Basic definitions of human trafficking, especially as they relate to children and youth
  • Common misperceptions surrounding trafficking
  • Specific strategies for prevention of trafficking victimization
  • Larger societal agenda for prevention

Panel: The conferences will host a panel of experts to discuss human trafficking. Expert panelists will offer a variety of perspectives covering NC’s legislative actions, the education community, and preventionists.

Annual Meeting: The Raleigh conference will include the Poe Center’s Annual Meeting. Poe will recognize incoming and outgoing Board Members and honor community members who contribute to children’s health and education in North Carolina.

Read more about human trafficking here. 

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

WakeMed Health & Hospitals


Host Sponsors:


North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Greensboro College Department of Kinesiology


Platinum Sponsors:


UNC Health

Duke Raleigh Hospital

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina


Gold Sponsor:

Greene Resources

Young Moore and Henderson, P.A.


Silver Sponsor:

Delta Dental

Poyner Spruill LLP

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare


Bronze Sponsors:


Thomas J. Rollins, CPA


Wyrick Robbins

Pierce Group Benefits

Holly Hill Hospital


Friend Sponsor:

North Carolina Medical Society Alliance


Raleigh Pathology Laboratory Associates, PA



Print Sponsor:

Joseph C. Woodard Printing Company


Keynote Speaker Sponsor:

Dr. Marilu Thordsen-Velez


VIP Event Sponsor:

Dr. Richard and Barbara Savage