The nation’s leading conference on juvenile sex trafficking

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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 2018 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.

If you are a survivor and you would like to receive survivor specific communications about the 2018 JuST Conference, please email


For over 20 years, Leslie Briner has served families experiencing homelessness, youth with developmental disabilities, youth in the foster care system and, since 2005, has worked with commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth.

She has designed, implemented and directed services for sexually exploited and trafficked youth and developed comprehensive training on the topics of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
To date, she has trained over 7,000 people as well as providing substantial technical assistance and consultation on these issues in Washington State and across the country. Leslie works as a consultant with YouthCare and operates Social Strategies, a training and consulting practice based in Seattle, Washington as well as being Associate Faculty at the University of Washington, School of Social Work where she earned her Master’s in Social Work (MSW).


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"This conference was one of the best conferences. It was well organized, well planned, and quality."

"This was my first time at JuST and the intimacy of the mix of attendees, the passion and the comradery was phenomenal."

"I had so many educational, beautiful, networking, self-care, and huge ideas as take-a-ways!"

 Truthfully, I didn’t know what to expect, but every part made a great impact in my perception, understanding and most importantly, my hope."

JuST Registration & Ticket Info

Registration is closed. The Waiting List is also closed. Please Sign up for updates for information on the 2019 JuST Conference!

All General Admission 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. All attendees should plan to arrive on October 15 and depart at noon October 18. If you don’t plan to attend workshops, but would like to be an Exhibitor or Vendor, scroll down for additional details.

Refund Policy

Full refunds available until October 1.
Partial refunds (50%) available until October 8.
No refunds after October 8.
**To request a refund, you must email 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.


We’re thrilled to announce our amazing 2018 lineup! Click here to view our 2018 JuST Conference Program. Updated drafts will be regularly posted here.

October 16 : 7:30am – 5:00pm

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

October 17 : 7:30am – 5:00pm

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

October 18 : 7:30am – 12:30pm

  • Breakfast
  • Workshops
  • Closing Plenary


This year, we’re thrilled to partner with the hip Town & Country Resort which was built as San Diego’s original convention center. After 60 years, they’ve recently renovated the campus and reestablished themselves as a beautiful oasis that celebrates the 60s in California, with style and a little pizzazz. We know you’ll love their contemporary twist on one of America’s most cherished decades, as well as the great rates! In order to accommodate all budgets and room preferences, we are pleased to offer our attendees three options. Additional details, as well as photos, to assist your decision can be found on the hotel website.

Town & Country Resort

500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108


TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT: Shared Hope’s room block at the Town & Country is officially sold out.  Please call (619) 291-7131. Cancellations must occur 48 hours before arrival to avoid any fees. Attendees will receive a reduced parking rate of $10/day.

HANDLERY HOTEL SAN DIEGO: Shared Hope's Room Block at the  Handlery Hotel San Diego is officially sold out!  In the event you need to cancel, please call 800-676-6567.

Cancellations must occur 72 hours before arrival to avoid any fees. Attendees are encouraged to book early before the block fills up. Attendees will receive a reduced parking rate of $10/day.

Ground Transportation and Parking

There are a variety of transportation options between San Diego International Airport (SAN) and the Town & Country Resort and Handlery Hotel San Diego including Uber, taxis and various local shuttle services. The hotels are located six miles (about 10 minutes) from the airport and both have ample self-parking spaces. Attendees will receive a reduced parking rate of $10/day at both locations.


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 an 8’ space with one 6’x2’ covered table, two chairs, and your organization displayed in conference materials. Tables will be located in the ballroom foyer. See below for a floorplan (updated weekly). . 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 2018 are sold out, but opportunities for sponsoring the networking events are still available. Contact for more information.


Shared Hope International is supported entirely by private donations from individuals just like you, which means that the expenses of the conference are covered by tickets sales and sponsors. We’d love to have you or your agency become a top-level sponsor.

For more info about opportunities for event sponsorship at any levels, brand recognition (such as promotion at the annual Networking Happy Hour or other social events), and an easy way to connect with attendees, view our JuST Conference Sponsorship Prospectus or contact our conference coordinator.


We would love to talk with you further about these options and how we may be able to customize them for you. We also have another unique way to give back.

Each year, we receive many requests for scholarships from our Survivor network, which are funded by generous donors around the U.S. All donations contributed towards registration scholarships are utilized for conference registration tickets. Our survivors are an amazing group of leaders with unparalleled perspective and valuable contributions to the anti-trafficking movement. We’d be thrilled if you partnered with us in supporting their attendance!

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.


This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886539647-8349) for 13.5 continuing education contact hours. The 2018 JuST Conference has also been approved by NBCC for up to 12 NBCC credits. Sessions approved for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Shared Hope International is solely responsible for all aspects of the program (NBCC Approval Number SP-2928). Attendees may receive NBCC credits for a fee of $50 paid to Shared Hope International. An application for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) hours from The State Bar of California is currently pending approval. Attendees that submit a survey for MCLE hours will receive notice of approval after the JuST Conference.


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What should I wear?

We want you to be comfortable. Although the resort isn’t very big, you’ll definitely need your walking shoes. Casual or business casual attire is perfect, consider dressing in layers. Fall weather is mostly predictable in San Diego – it will be mild, warm, weather during the day and possibly a little chilly at night. 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 venue 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 close the doors and 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+.

Should I rent a car?

It’s not necessary. (If you do, remember that there’s a $10/night fee for parking at the hotel). There are several transportation options, as well as restaurants nearby where you can enjoy dinner or drinks if you never leave campus. The Fashion Valley mall next door provides anything from casual to fine dining. But, if you prefer to cool off and stay super casual, you can park yourself at the pool bar with a fruity cocktail.

How far is the hotel from downtown San Diego?

The hotel is a short 10 minute ride into downtown, to the airport, or any of the area attractions. It’s only a five minute ride to charming Old Town which has great history, authentic restaurants and a fun atmosphere. You can grab an Uber or a taxi for a few bucks, or hitch a ride on the light rail located next to the hotel. By light rail, Old Town is five minutes, Little Italy is 15, and downtown is 20. The best part is it only costs you $2.50!

What’s happening at the Networking Happy Hour?

You, your new friends, and Shared Hope staff will have the chance to connect over beverages and light local faire. We decided to make the most of that beautiful fall weather by hosting our gathering outside. So, throw on your flip flops and plan to join us our poolside Tiki Party. Access is complimentary for General Admission ticket holder, but attendance is optional. Any Exhibitor, Vendor, family member or friend of our attendees is welcome to join the fun, but they must purchase a Happy Hour ticket (available March 1).

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 8th.

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.