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Human Trafficking Summit

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost hosts his annual Human Trafficking Summit to provide education and resources for combating and ending human trafficking. The summit brings together survivors, social workers and victim advocates, police officers, lawyers, prosecutors, judges and other community stakeholders to learn how different areas of the state are succeeding in the fight against trafficking. The summit serves to inspire and motivate participants to actively help fill regional gaps in services.

The next summit

Summit 2021 is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center — unless the COVID-19 pandemic poses a risk, then the summit would go virtual. Organizers are accepting proposals for advanced and basic 101 workshops through Aug. 31, 2020. To find out details and get a submission form, email

This past summit

Seven hundred people registered for the Ohio Attorney General’s inaugural Human Trafficking Summit on Jan. 9, 2020, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Speakers included Dr. Elaine Richardson, a survivor and Ohio State professor; state Sen. Teresa Fedor; and Attorney General Dave Yost. Workshops focused on labor trafficking, specialty court dockets, the story of how a nonprofit established safehouses and the importance of multidisciplinary teams in helping victims.