NIAGARA FALLS - A daylong conference of law enforcers and social and medical professionals Thursday will discuss how to fight commercial sexual exploitation of children.
The conference on child trafficking is being hosted by the Niagara County Safe Harbour Project and the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, which has handled 58 suspected trafficking cases in the past year.
Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy will open the conference, which is expected to draw 150 participants. The keynote speaker will be Jen Spry, a nurse who was a child trafficking victim herself and now specializes in helping police and others win the trust of vulnerable victims.
Other speakers will include Nora Cronin, assistant director of the state Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance; Tara Hughes, a social worker; and Special Agent Karen Wisniewski of the Department of Homeland Security's Western New York Trafficking Task Force.