Loyola University's downtown Chicago campus is set to hold a two-day human trafficking conference starting Thursday.
Local and national experts will discuss topics relevant to human trafficking, including how the investigation and prosecution of such cases can be improved.
Presenters will discuss issues relating to labor trafficking, child trafficking and sex trafficking. Several survivors of human trafficking will also share their stories.
More than 250 people are expected to attend, including members of the Chicago Police Department, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Children and Family Services.
The conference will be hosted by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and aligns with her efforts to combat human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children.