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The mission of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition (CMSHTC) is to end and prevent forced labor and sexual exploitation of innocent children, women and men. Through advocacy, active engagement in community collaboration and education, the coalition seeks to identify victims, expose traffickers and users, promote slave free practices and support survivors of human trafficking on their journey toward wholeness. The coalition envisions communities free of modern day slavery.

The coalition began in April of 2008, as a means to sustain anti-trafficking efforts following the Stop Traffic conference held at the University of Missouri in March. CMSHTC became a multi-sector coalition made up of members of the community and representatives from different organizations: local and federal law enforcement, social-service providers, faith based organizations, students, educators, health care providers and others..

The coalition envisions communities free of modern day slavery.

The coalition continues to raise awareness of human trafficking and support local survivors in and around Central Missouri. The coalition facilitates numerous trainings, seminars and various events each year to bring attention to the cause. Annual events such as, the Freedom 5K Walk and the Freedom by Fashion Show benefit are held to raise funds to provide local survivors the needed support enabling them to break the chains of their trafficker. The coalition has funded counseling sessions, provided shelter and food, secured transportation, etc. allowing survivors to continue their journey towards wholeness.

The community is encouraged to get involved by attending open meetings held the 1st Thursday of the month. The coalition also provides a toll free number to help survivors in need or provide direction to concerned community members who may come across a trafficking situation.

Founding Members

Nanette Ward
As a founding member of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, Ward served on the board from its inception in April 2008 to May 2014. While on the board, she was co-chair for 3 years and involved in all aspects of the coalition's work: training, outreach, collaboration, client services, policy, and prevention. Her professional background includes 8 years as human rights investigator/community educator for the City of Columbia Human Rights Commission and 13 years in the disability field, with experience in direct services, group facilitation, training, community outreach, and advocacy.
Stop Human Trafficking Coalition - Deb HumeDeb Hume
Deb Hume is a founding member of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition; she served on the board of directors from 2008 to 2014, and as co-chair from 2008 until 2012. Dr. Hume is faculty advisor for the University of Missouri's anti-trafficking organization, MU Stop Traffic. She was co-chair of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls, served on the Missouri Children's Services Commission working group on children affected by human trafficking, the Missouri Statewide Sexual Violence Primary Prevention committee, and as a stakeholder on the Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Child Abuse. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Missouri, and is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Master of Public Health Program and the Department of Health Sciences at MU.


Our Team

Our Advisory Board

  • Christine McDonaldActivist, Speaker and Author of "Cry Purple"
  • Anna RentschlerVice President and BSA Office of Central Bancompany
  • Leela JashaniProprietress of America's Best Value Inn
  • Dr. Anne DeatonUniversity of Missouri-Columbia

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