At the second annual Howard County Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Conference on Friday, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from four different session tracks that address human trafficking.

Open to regional working professionals, law enforcement employees and the general public, the tracks are awareness, life after trafficking, labor trafficking, and prevention and law enforcement; the law enforcement track, however, is only available for sworn officers.


The conference, hosted by the Howard County Office of Human Trafficking Prevention, is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard Community College in Columbia.

Andrea Nunez, manager of the county’s Office of Human Trafficking Prevention, said this year’s conference will be “an advanced discussion moving from Human Trafficking 101 to ‘What action can we be taking’ … to combat human trafficking.”

Friday’s conference has an admittance fee of $35. The entry price includes breakfast and lunch.

Rachel Lloyd, founder and president of the nonprofit Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, was set to deliver the keynote address, but has dropped out.

Barbara Amaya is the new keynote speaker, Nunez said Tuesday evening.

Amaya, author of the memoir “Nobody’s Girl” and the graphic novel series “The Destiny of Zoe Carpenter,” was a victim of human trafficking in Washington, D.C., and New York City for over a decade, according to her website.

The various breakout sessions will feature human trafficking survivors, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur, Dels. Vanessa Atterbeary and Eric Ebersole, students from Howard County schools, and representatives from the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and Hopeworks of Howard County, a sexual assault and domestic violence center.

Networking opportunities will take place after the sessions.

For tickets, visits htaphoward2019.eventbrite.com. As of Tuesday, over 100 people have signed up, Nunez said. Same day registration is available.