JuST Conference 2017

The Nation's Leading Conference on Juvenile Sex Trafficking

This Event is Sold Out

JuST Conference 2017

This unforgettable and inspiring conference features today’s most pressing issues in the anti-trafficking field. Presentations and workshops focus on skill-building, survivor experiences, cross-discipline collaboration, task force development, case studies and lessons learned. The JuST Conference continues to stand by the motto that each person has a role to play in preventing and ending commercial sexual exploitation, and that a collaborative community response is critical.

Whether you are just getting started or have been working on the issue for years, we have something for everyone. Our training conference strives to provide intermediate or advanced presentations including core subjects as well as hot topics, criminal trends, and material rarely-seen at other events. With new speakers each year and an array of powerful new workshops, JuST 2017 will not only educate you, but also inspire action and expand your network. Join experts and professionals from across the nation to learn practical ways you and your agency can create sustainable changes and leverage your resources to tackle sex trafficking from all angles.

Rebecca Bender

Rebecca is a leading expert in domestic human trafficking. After escaping nearly six years of sex trafficking, she wrote her first book and started sharing her story all over the world.

Today, Rebecca is the founder and CEO of her own non-profit, the Rebecca Bender Initiative (RBI), equipping first responders, empowering survivors, and assisting in the escape of women and children across the U.S. Rebecca is the recipient of multiple awards and serves as Oregon DOJ Co-Chair of the Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Rebecca is completing her master’s at Bethel Seminary, is an ordained minister, and lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and their four daughters.

What are Attendees Saying?

Loved the variety of topics and speakers, also the networking lunch. Thank you for everything! What a pleasure to attend.

Really well done, top to bottom. This was my second time attending and I really look forward to coming back.

I feel so affirmed and empowered by this conference. I feel like I am leaving with things that I can do to make a difference.



JuST Registration & Ticket Info

All JuST Conference tickets include the following: breakfast, lunch, wifi, access to all workshops and the annual networking social event. Attendees this year will have the option of upgrading their attendance to include an Exhibitor or Vendor table at a reduced rate. For returning attendees, please note that there is no Pre-Conference in 2017. All attendees should plan to arrive on October 23 and depart October 26.

Register Here

Shared Hope is no longer producing invoices for this event due to attendance capacity. If you require an invoice or receipt for administrative purposes, contact event staff at this link.

Full refunds available until October 10.
Partial refunds (50%) available until October 17.
No refunds after October 17.
**To request a refund, you must email refunds@sharedhope.org and provide the attendee’s name, the purchaser’s name, and the ticket order number. All refunds will be subject to a $20 administrative fee. Refunds will be issues by check to the billing address on file within 30 days of request

2017 Agenda

We’re thrilled to announce our amazing 2017 lineup! Click here to view our 2017 JuST Conference Program.

October 24 : 8:30am – 5:00pm

  • Breakfast
  • Plenary
  • AM Workshops
  • Networking Lunch
  • PM Workshops
  • Networking Happy Hour

October 25 : 8:30am – 5:00pm

  • Breakfast
  • AM Workshops
  • Networking Lunch
  • Plenary
  • PM Workshops

October 26 : 8:30am – 12:30pm

  • Breakfast
  • Workshops
  • Closing Plenary

Accommodations, Transportation & Parking

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
Shared Hope Room Block: $169 (+ taxes)

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This year, we’re thrilled to partner with the Hyatt Regency hotel which was absolutely devastated in Hurricane Katrina. Despite the trauma, and embodied with the “come back stronger” spirit known to New Orleans, Hyatt didn’t just rebuild – they “reinvented” themselves into a beautiful new venue. As partners in the worldwide effort to combat child sex trafficking, we’re proud to call them home for few days this year! Additional details about the Hyatt Regency New Orleans can be found here. Room rates are available for the duration of the event, and up to two days before and after the event (based on advance request by contacting Shared Hope). The block expires September 25, 2017. Attendees are encouraged to book early before the block fills up.

Ground Transportation & Parking

There are a variety of transportation options between Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) and the Hyatt Regency including Uber, taxis and various local shuttle services. The Hyatt is located about 20 minutes from the airport and offers ample information for attendees regarding airport transfers and parking. Self-park and valet are available.



Exhibitors & Vendors

Whether you’re attending or not, an exhibit table at the JuST Conference is an excellent way to promote your organization and resources to hundreds of professionals. Exhibitor and Vendor tickets include a 10’ space with one 6’x3’covered table, two chairs, and your organization displayed in conference materials. Tables will be located in our main ballroom or directly outside. Breakfasts and lunches are included in the ticket price for up to two individuals. Any exhibitor or vendor who wishes to attend the Networking Happy Hour must purchase a ticket here.

All tables for 2017 are sold out, but opportunities for sponsoring the networking event are still available. Contact our staff for additional information.

Continuing Education & Credit Hours

Shared Hope is pursuing credit hours through various approval networks including NBCC, NASW and the Louisiana CLE Board, but is also willing to work with attendees to secure credit hours for their desired network upon advance request. This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886539647-0) for up to 15 continuing education contact hours, provided at no additional cost to you. Visit this link to see if your state board endorses the NASW CE Approval Program. This program was also approved for a total of 14.50 hours of CLE credit through the Louisiana Supreme Court (Course # 8637171024; including 3.5 hours related to professionalism).

This event has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer up to 12 contact hours (NBCC Approval Number SP-2928). Shared Hope International is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Specific sessions approved for credit will be clearly marked in the event program, available to eligible attendees for an additional $50 fee payable at this link prior to the conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Shared Hope International is supported entirely by private donations from individuals just like you. Each year, we ask our friends and supporters to consider sponsoring the attendance of a deserving individual who lacks the resources to attend, such as a Survivor or a member of Law Enforcement. All donations contributed towards registration scholarships are utilized for travel expenses and conference tickets. Since 2013, generous donors have sponsored over 200 attendees. We also offer event sponsorship for agencies who would like brand recognition, such as promotion at the annual Networking Happy Hour or other social events.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor the JuST Conference event, or the attendance of a Survivor or other professional, you may do so with a donation of any amount at the following link by directing the gift to Where Needed Most.


Conference FAQ

What should I wear?

We want you to be comfortable. Although the Hyatt isn’t too big, you’ll definitely need your walking shoes. Casual or business casual attire is perfect, consider dressing in layers. Fall weather is unpredictable in NOLA – it could be warm, it could be chilly. Be sure to check the forecast before you arrive!

What if I have a special dietary request?

You may indicate on your registration form if you are vegetarian or require a gluten-free diet. We’ll work with the Hyatt to address any and all food allergies, but we are limited to what they can provide. Our lunch selections have always included vegetarian, gluten and dairy free options and we’ll strive to make sure this year’s menu will, too. We appreciate your patience with this. Be sure to notify us of more severe allergies.

How do I register for workshops?

With the exception of an occasional private class, there is no pre-registration for workshops. All available seats are a first-come first-serve basis. Once a class has reached its capacity, facilitators will direct attendees elsewhere.

Can I bring someone who is under 18?

Due to the sensitive, and sometimes graphic, nature of content provided during our workshops and presentations, we require that all attendees are 18+.

How far is the hotel from downtown New Orleans?

Guess what? The hotel is in downtown and you can walk to the French Quarter if you want. You can also grab an Uber or a taxi. The streetcar passes out front if you’d like a more historical ride into the Quarter, and it’ll cost you $1.25.

If I don’t have a car, how will I get around?

You don’t need one! There are seven options on site where you can enjoy the best cuisine and drinks NOLA can offer. If you prefer to cool off or stay casual, you can park yourself at the rooftop pool and bar. Plus, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and music venues within walking distance. It’s New Orleans – no shortage of options, and you definitely won’t go hungry!

What’s happening at the Networking Happy Hour?

You, your new friends, and Shared Hope staff will have the chance to connect in a fun, upbeat location with beverages and light local faire. We’ve found a fabulous place located one block from the Hyatt called Club XLIV. Attendance is optional for paid conference attendees, and access is complimentary. Any Exhibitor, Vendor, family member or friend of our attendees is welcome to join the fun, but they must purchase a Happy Hour ticket here.

What should I do if an I’m an attendee and have grievances or concerns to address?

If there are any concerns, frustrations, or grievances you experience leading up to or during our event, we want to hear about it. You can always include that in your conference evaluation, which is read by our staff each year. If there’s something you’d like to address directly with our staff, contact the conference organizer at this link and they will respond within one week. Include your full name, agency, and whether you are a recipient of contact or continuing education credit hours. You may also reach us in other ways: visit our website for more information, contact Shared Hope International headquarters by calling 360-693-8100, or send us a note via snail mail: P.O. Box 65337, Vancouver, WA. 98665.

Will I be able to download conference materials and handouts in advance?

Yes! Presenters have been asked to make their materials available to attendees a week before the conference. Look for an announcement with a special passcode for downloading resources. You will receive this by October 17th.

What should I do if I want to alter the information on my name badge, such as title or agency?

Contact our conference planners to make that request.