The 14th Annual Freedom Network Human Trafficking Conference

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Freedom Network’s 14th Annual Conference will be held in April 4-5, 2016 at Chicago’s Palmer House. Human trafficking is a complex issue that impacts millions of individuals, families, and communities globally. Yet too often is discussed as a solitary phenomenon, without taking into consideration the multiple factors that create vulnerability or response necessary to successfully address the needs of victims and survivors.This year, Freedom Network seeks to embrace this complexity and forge partnerships across disciplines—taking trafficking out of its silo to explore root causes and best practice interventions.

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Registration – UPDATE – The event has SOLD OUT! We will be unable to accommodate registration on-site the day of.

Tickets for the event can be purchased via Eventbrite. The two-day event cost is $399.00 and includes breakfast and lunch both days and free admission to all special events. To get your ticket click to Register here.


FN Conference 2016 Final Agenda – Opening remarks on Monday morning begin at 8:45 am SHARP. Get your seat by 8:30 am to hear Ambassador Susan Coppedge’s welcoming remarks!

Hotel Accommodations/Information

Our room block closed on March 3rd and we are unable to offer the negotiated rate at this time.

Several parking options are available through the hotel. Visit for more information.

Ground Transport and Directions

We recommend taking the commuter train from both Midway and Chicago O’Hare Airports. Visit for directions to the hotel from all forms of transportation.

Wellstone Award Ceremony and Reception

You don’t want to miss our 13th Annual Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award Ceremony and Reception. Every year, the Freedom Network USA recognizes an organization or individual who has made a significant contribution or impact to the anti-trafficking field. Space is limited and you must have a ticket for the event.  Follow this link to get your free ticket today!

Red Sand Project

Red Sand Project is Molly Gochman‘s participatory artwork that raises awareness about vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation. The Project invites people to fill sidewalk cracks with red sand and document their work on social media using #RedSandProject to remind us that we can’t merely walk over the most marginalized people in our communities. Join Dara Lehon and Lizzie Horne as they walk attendees through an installation outside the Palmer House Hilton on the streets of Chicago!

Continuing Education 

Continuing education credits for social workers are pending. The opportunity to register for those credits will be available during registration. Stay tuned for more information.