EMANCIPATION: Disrupting the Modern Slave Trade

Expert Panel to Address Sex Trafficking in East Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, ID – EMANCIPATION: Disrupting the Modern Slave Trade will address the challenge of disrupting human sex trafficking in east Idaho. The event, facilitated by KID NewsRadio’s Neal Larson and Julie Mason, will feature several regional experts and advocates:

  • Stephanie Silva, Local human trafficking survivor
  • Jim Hopla, BYU-Idaho Professor who studies and teaches about why people do what they do (as it pertains to addiction, etc.)
  • Deirdre Caputo-Levine, Idaho State University Professor specializing in criminology and prisoner re-entry
  • Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson, Idaho Falls police chief
  • Matt Smith, Executive Director of Operation Shield


  • Tim Ballard Founder/CEO Operation Underground Railroad, former CIA agent, appearing via Skype

According to Operation Underground Railroad, approximately 30 million individuals around the world are being trafficked in sex slavery and forced labor.  Approximately two million of those are child sex slaves. While sex trafficking in places like Haiti and the Dominican Republic capture much of the attention, it happens in the United States and in east Idaho as well. This event aims to educate the public about how the problem is manifested locally and what efforts can be taken to disrupt human sex trafficking in our communities.

KID NewsRadio will also host a special discount-ticket screening of The Abolitionists Movie – A Mission to End Child Trafficking, on Monday, March 12th, at 7pm at the Paramount Theater (2085 Niagara St., Idaho Falls). Additionally, A KID NewsRadio podcast series “Disruptors” hosted by event organizer and KID news producer Sydney Jensen is available here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/kid-newsradio-4/disruptor-podcast


EMANCIPATION: Disrupting the Modern Slave Trade

Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, event at 7:00pm

Location: Hillcrest Performing Arts Center – Ammon, Idaho