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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 2019 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.


We are very excited to announce that we have invited Russell Strand and Myra Strand to join us again on the JuST Conference plenary stage, this year as our Opening Keynote!

Myra Strand, MA, is a managing partner, along with her husband, of Strand² Squared LLC where she provides consultation, forensic experiential trauma interviewing, training and assistance to agencies and service providers.

Senior Special Agent (Retired)Russell W. Strand, CFP-A,is the second half of Strand² Squared LLC, and is the creator of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview and is a member of the founding faculty as in independent consultant of Certified FETI.

More about Myra

Myra began working with people who have complex trauma in 1995. She has experience with youth with complex trauma, people with developmental disabilities, youth in competing war zones, county inmates, in the area of death notification and with victims of all crime types. Myra has over a decade as a professor of ethnic and gender studies, intersectionality and issues of violence at NAU, Coconino Community College and at the County Detention Center. Myra is nationally recognized for her contribution to field complicated and often traumatic human services.

More about Russell

Russ began his career in 1975 as a military police officer, and then worked as a military police investigator until retiring 22 years later as a senior special agent in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command. Next, Russ was appointed as the Chief of the U.S. Army Military Police Behavioral Sciences Education & Training Division where he worked for 20 years. Russ has distinguished himself as a professional, educator and a consultant and is internationally recognized for his leadership, his impact and vision.

To learn more about their plenary presentation, check out their blog post.


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October 14 : 3:30pm – 7:00pm

Early Bird Check-In

October 15 : 7:00am – 5:00pm

AM Workshops
Networking Lunch
PM Workshops
Networking Happy Hour

October 16 : 7:30am – 5:00pm

AM Workshops
Networking Lunch
PM Workshops

October 17 : 7:30 – 11:45Am

Closing Plenary


“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.”

New this year – JuST Conference 2019 Long-Sleeve T-Shirts!


Last year we had quite a few requests for JuST Conference T-Shirts so we decided to make them available to you for purchase – pre-event only for $25.00 each! Long-sleeve, unisex t-shirts will be available for pickup at registration at the event. The JuST 2019 t-shirts are guaranteed Fair Trade and are made with GOTS certified 100% organic cotton and are dyed using a 100% organic process. The back of the shirt will include the event information and sponsor logos. For unisex sizing, please click here. Applicable tax added at checkout.

JuST Registration and Ticket Info

Registration is SOLD OUT!

The conference is currently at capacity and we are not taking any additional names for registration. Shared Hope staff will not accept any walk-up registrations at this year’s event.

All attendees should plan to arrive on October 14 and depart at noon October 17.

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

See our Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.

General Admission
Entire Conference Program (Plenary presentations and Workshops)
Breakfasts and Lunches
Networking Happy Hour

Discounted rates will be available for survivors, students and Ambassadors of Hope.

Exhibitor TableTop only
This ticket reserves an Exhibit table space, but DOES NOT include Conference Attendance.
(1) Table with (2) Chairs, electrical sold separately
(2) Exhibitor Admission Tickets
Breakfasts and Lunches

Networking Reception Tickets Sold Separately

Additional exhibitor admission tickets sold separately.

This ticket is for any individual who also wants to host an Exhibit table.
(1) General Admission Ticket
Breakfasts and Lunches
(1) Table with (2) Chairs, Electrical sold separately
(1) Additional Exhibitor Admission Ticket, meals included


Coined as “The Center at the Center of it All” The Duke Energy Convention Center (DECC) is central to all that is happening in Cincinnati, Ohio. Adjacent to the Hyatt Regency and Millennium Hotel and a city block from the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza it is the perfect location to explore Cincinnati all within a comfortable distance from where you are staying. Listed as a top 10 place to visit in 2018 by The New York Times, Cincinnati is pedestrian friendly with vibrant culture, shopping, theatre, art, parks and a thriving restaurant scene all within walking distance of the convention center.

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Enjoy a walk to Washington Park with its performance stage and dog park, and then continue on to Over-the-Rhine where you can explore Cincinnati’s most happening and transformed neighborhood. Enjoy historic architecture as you visit a craft brewery or delight in a signature meal. Did we mention that the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds play just blocks away? Also nearby is the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and The Banks Entertainment District along the recently revitalized riverfront. And just across the Ohio River you’ll find yourself in Northern Kentucky. We know you will enjoy exploring Cincinnati with us and calling the DECC home for a few days – we look forward to seeing you in the Midwest!


Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Below are the hotel room blocks coordinated for this year’s JuST Conference.
These blocks are currently sold out.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

151 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown

617 Vine Street, Suite A
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown

617 Vine Street, Suite B
Cincinnati, OH 45202


150 W 5th St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati Interest Map PDF


By Car – Cincinnati is easily accessible via interstates I-75, I-71 and I-74. Cincinnati is within a 5 hour drive from majors cities including, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and St. Louis. Parking rates vary at each hotel, but there are over 5,000 parking spaces immediately surrounding the center. Click here for more information on parking.

By Air  – The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is the closest airport to the Duke Energy Convention Center. Only 13 miles away, you can expect about a 15 minute drive. Cincinnati offers a wide variety of transportation options for getting to and from CVG including a $2 option on the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky bus. Click here for more information on transportation options.

By Bus – The Cincinnati Greyhound Bus and Megabus both offer bus service in Cincinnati.

By Train Amtrak’s Cardinal Line stops in Cincinnati as it travels between New York and Chicago three days a week.

Exciting Ways to Get around Town

With a variety of public transportation options, Cincinnati makes it easy to travel throughout the city and enjoy the local scenery. Check-out some options below:

  • The TANK bus is the main transit option between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
    • The Southbank Shuttle services the city center, riverfront cities of Covington and just over the Ohio river in Newport (KY) for just $1.
    • Consider taking the Airporter route that drops you off at 5th and Elm, right outside the Duke Energy Convention Center for just $2.00!
  • The Cincinnati BellConnector is a modern streetcar system that operates every 12-15 mins on a 3.6-mile loop. Visit some of Cincinnati’s popular destinations on the BellConnector like the Banks and Over-the-Rhine. The BellConnector can be tracked using the Cincy EZRide App.

GEST carts, short for Green Easy Safe Transportation, offer FREE rides (plus a tip to your friendly driver) throughout the city, allowing riders to adventure to the different districts. Call for a ride at 513-421-4378 or hail GEST vehicles as they travel through the city. GEST rides are available at night and during the late morning/early afternoon.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The JuST Conference has unique opportunities for you to share your resources with our national audience. For more information about event sponsorship at any level, 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 US. All donations contributed towards registration scholarships are utilized for conference tickets.

Our survivors are an amazing group of leaders with an 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 survivor scholarships for JuST Conference attendance, you may do so with a donation of any amount at this link by directing the gift to Where Needed Most and listing “JuST Conference Scholarship” in the feedback section.


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 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. Internet will not be available in the convention center, please plan accordingly. 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 before October 16.

For more information about how to become an Exhibitor, please email

Tabletop Floor Plan

Tabletop Trivia

Interested in engaging with attendees and building your contacts? Participate in Tabletop Trivia! Each Exhibitor/Vendor that participates will provide us with an organization related “trivia question.” A list of the participating tabletop questions will be given to attendees with their badge at registration. They are not required to participate, but if they do, they will be visiting your booth to answer your question. Completed trivia cards will be turned in to Event Management and two winners will be chosen to receive prizes during the Closing Plenary session. Participating Exhibitors/Vendors will be listed in the conference program in the Tabletop Trivia instructions. Limited Spaces available. The additional fee of $50 for Tabletop Trivia can be added in the registration form.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Wear?

We want you to be comfortable. Casual or business casual attire is perfect, consider dressing in layers as convention centers can have varying temperatures in different rooms. Be sure to bring your walking shoes. The Duke Energy Convention Center will host the JuST Conference on two levels and the hotels are across the street this year. Fall weather in Cincinnati OH is mild, warm, during the day and a little chilly at night. Be sure to check the forecast before you arrive!

What if I have special dietary restrictions?

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+.

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. 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 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 a few weeks before the event.

What is the 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.

Will there be internet access?

There will not be Wi-Fi offered in the convention center, please plan accordingly.

Continuing Education & Credit Hours

The 2019 JuST Conference is approved by:

  • National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886539647-6159) for up to 11 continuing education contact hours.
  • Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for up to 9.75 total CLE hour(s) instruction. Those that wish to receive CLE hours will need to include their attorney number on the sign-in sheets.
  • NBCC for NBCC credit. Sessions approved for NBCC credit are clearly identified in materials distributed onsite Shared Hope International is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3389.

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