Hidden in Plain Sight

The Multi-faceted Epidemic Called Human Trafficking

Hidden in Plain Sight

Inviting all change-makers, convention disruptors and social activism spirits

Join us May 2, 2019 in Denver for an inspiring, action-packed program exploring the multi-faceted issue of human trafficking.

Hear personal stories from those leading on the issue—founding organizations to support survivors, conceiving of a code of conduct to ensure travel and tour companies participate in the fight to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking of children, passing seminal pieces of legislation and educating truckers, among other fearless feats. Learn what human trafficking looks like and definitive steps you can take in your community (because it’s happening everywhere) to combat this evil epidemic.

Our stellar line-up includes journalist Noor Tagouri; survivor and S.O.A.P. founder Theresa Flores; ECPAT–USA Executive Director, Carol Smolenski; Executive Director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Kate Lee; and Helen Van Dam, Truckers Against Trafficking’s Freedom Drivers Project Director.

We look forward to seeing you at the Sheraton Denver Downtown on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.!

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Learn more about The Junior League’s serious street cred in combatting human trafficking, including the ABOLISH campaign, an Association-wide initiative focused on child sex slavery.

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) is a program running in concert with The Association of Junior League's 97th Annual Conference, a three-day event attended by 600-plus Junior League members from across the Association.

In addition to the HIPS program, we invite you to join us (for an additional fee) for the Annual Conference Opening Reception, which will be held immediately following Hidden in Plain Sight at the History Colorado Center, 7:00-9:30 p.m.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Welcome & Freedom Drivers Project Learning Journey

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Child Sex Slavery Lives and Lurks Everywhere and We Can Do Something About It

4:50 PM - 6:00 PM
Keynote: Noor Tagouri

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Optional - 97th Annual Conference Opening Reception at History Colorado Center

Program Details

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Welcome & Freedom Drivers Project Learning Journey

Many communities are located on or near major highways or transportation corridors where human trafficking proliferates. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a nonprofit that educates, equips, empowers and mobilizes members of the trucking and busing industries to combat human trafficking, will be on site to train advocates on truck and rest stop activism through The Freedom Drivers Project.

Program participants will explore this first-of-its-kind mobile installation that educates members of the trucking industry and the general public about the realities of domestic sex trafficking and how the trucking industry is combating it. From its outside wrap to the climate controlled interior (which includes a theatre station and actual artifacts from trafficking cases that connect people to the back stories of so many who end up enslaved in our country), to portraits of the real Truckers Against Trafficking and how each is working to end human trafficking, this 18-wheeler trailer provides many with their first glimpse into human trafficking, along with simple action steps anyone can take immediately walking out of it.

Light snacks will be provided.

3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion:
Where child sex slavery lives and lurks in the U.S… and how determination endures

What do a bar of soap, an eighteen-wheeler and a code of conduct have in common? All three have been deployed by our panelists to combat the hidden crime of domestic child sex trafficking, an epidemic affecting every community in the United States.

Delve deep into the issue of human trafficking with four female civic leaders who have focused their grit, drive and determination into battling an issue that many aren’t aware is happening in their own backyards—in their local schools, hotels and rest stops.

Kate Lee (Past President of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, Past Chair of NJSPAC and Executive Director of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking) will moderate this thought-provoking, action-inducing conversation about human trafficking and how organizations and individuals can join the movement to combat it. Her guests, Theresa Flores (survivor, author and founder of S.O.A.P. who was trafficked out of her home), Helen Van Dam (Freedom Drivers Project Director with Truckers Against Trafficking) and Carol Smolenski (Executive Director of ECPAT-USA), will share stories about their personal and professional journeys that have led each of them to tackle this heinous crime from a different angle, and shine a spotlight on the many strategies and tactics any interested individual or organization could deploy in order to help combat it in their local community.

4:50 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Noor Tagouri—Keynote: Breaking Barriers Through Storytelling

As a badass activist with a passion for demanding change and asking the right questions, accompanied by beauty-ad-campaign looks, Tagouri forces us to ask ourselves why we have such a hard time wrapping our minds around a young woman who consciously covers her head and won’t take no for an answer.”– Anna del Gaizo, Playboy Magazine

Noor Tagouri is a journalist, entrepreneur and touring speaker interested in exploring subcultures like food and immigration, underground scenes and marginalized communities in the United States. Her multi-faceted work and honest, candid, impactful reporting/storytelling perfectly align with The Junior League’s 118-year legacy of empowering women and transforming communities.

Her accomplishments are many: In 2017, she released her first series with Scripps on Hulu called “A Woman’s Job,” highlighting trailblazing women in male-dominated careers. In 2018 Noor released her documentary series “Sold in America,” investigating the sex trade in the U.S., with a podcast spinoff climbing to #8 on Apple’s Podcast Charts, amassing over 1.5 million downloads. She has partnered with Tumi and Girlboss to create “In Progress: An Imperfect Journey, Navigated,” a podcast based on her annual speaking tour.

7:00-9:30 p.m.
AJLI Annual Conference Opening Reception at History Colorado

Join in with members of The Junior League at the Annual Conference Opening Reception at one of the 25 must-see buildings in Colorado, the History Colorado Center, a short 10-minute walk from the hotel. Shuttle buses will run on a loop starting at 6:45 p.m. from the hotel. Grab hold of your beverage, stock up on hors d’oeuvres and explore the stories of the many cultures that have made Colorado’s landscapes their home.

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