Dan Nash is the co-founder of the Human Trafficking Training Center and a retired Missouri State Trooper. Dan retired after 27 years, 24 of which was spent as an investigator in the Narcotics/Vice Unit, Criminal Investigation Unit and Human Trafficking Unit. Dan was responsible for creating the Human Trafficking Unit and was the enforcement supervisor of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Statewide Anti-Human Trafficking Statewide Task Force. Dan has instructed thousands of officers in anti-human trafficking training in numerous states and internationally. Dan created the Special Victims Methodology for investigating human trafficking cases which is being used by many law enforcement agencies around the country. Dan has spoken at many conferences on human trafficking and has approximately 15 years’ experience investigating human trafficking. In his spare time, Dan lives on a farm in the Ozark Mountains with his three dogs and 24 chickens and spends as much time as possible in the outdoors.
Alison Phillips is also the co-founder of The HTTC. Previously, she served as the Director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. As task force director, Alison built a strong, engaged multi-disciplinary team that conducted proactive operations, trained thousands of law enforcement and health care professionals, and implemented strategic initiatives such as “The Hope Initiative” which resulted in the closure of 40% of the state’s illicit massage businesses and became a national model.
Alison has written her own curriculum on human trafficking for undergraduate, criminal justice majors while working as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City (UMKC) and at Mid-America Nazarene University (MNU).
In sum, Alison has over a decade of experience in counter human trafficking work, through advocacy, consulting, program development and multi-disciplinary team building.
In her first career, Alison was an airline pilot for a regional carrier in the state of Alaska. She is a rated airline transport pilot, with 3,000 hours of flight time logged, and has flown two former U.S. Presidents, members of congress and other public figures. Alison lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, three teenage children, and three dogs.
The problem with most anti-human trafficking training provided to law enforcement is that it merely teaches what trafficking is and how to identify it. Such trainings are really, in effect, nothing more than awareness events. In order to be effective, law enforcement needs to learn actual skills so they are equipped to conduct investigations that ensure arrests and prosecutions, know how to properly interview a possible victim or offender, know how to set up various proactive operations, or even how to write up the proper reports.
To use an analogy, we cannot expect law enforcement officers to arrest drunk drivers if all we do is tell them what a drunk driver looks like. We also need to teach them how to administer a standard field sobriety test, and other basic related police skills. The same is true for human trafficking. Across the country, a small fraction of law enforcement officers receive any training whatsoever on human trafficking and most of that training doesn't provide practical skills that officers can use in the field.
The Human Trafficking Training Center was established to solve all those problems and to address the resulting shortcomings in law enforcement's response to human trafficking across the country (and certainly the world).
HTTC's programs benefit from Dan's 27 years in law enforcement (over 12 specifically in human trafficking cases), Alison's 10 plus years in victim advocacy, client-centered research and multi-disciplinary team building, and the invaluable contributions of our team of survivor leaders. Together, we provide the most comprehensive anti-human trafficking programs available so that your organization gets measurable results and improved performance.
Meghan Connors is a survivor-leader and advocate who has an amazing gift of educating law enforcement and other professionals about human trafficking from her lived experience. Her ability to communicate her insights and perspective make her a remarkably effective instructor. She has helped educate hundreds of law enforcement, medical, probation and parole and members of the community about how to identify, understand and respond to human trafficking from her unique vantage.
She has traveled to numerous states to participate in many panel discussions, and has been interviewed for podcasts and books around the United States.
Meghan was presented with the “Overcomers Award” from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas to highlight her work and achievements and a university scholarship was established in her name. She is also the first recipient of the Human Trafficking Training Center "Meghan Connors, Be the One" Award, which will be an annual award highlighting exceptional achievements in the anti-human trafficking arena. This award is named after Meghan for her dedication and the unwavering sacrifice she has made in her life to help others. This award will be presented annually at the North American Human Trafficking Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Naomi Knipp has over twelve years experience in mentoring teen and adult survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. As a survivor herself, she has valuable insights and knowledge of the adverse impact of human trafficking. Her work includes educating law enforcement and other professionals in health care, social services, mental health and educational systems.
After surviving an abusive and dysfunctional upbringing, aging out of foster care un-adopted and experiencing sexual exploitation in her early adulthood; Naomi began her journey of self healing. She ended up putting down roots in Missouri where she now lives with her husband and three children.
She says, “I didn’t get to see my circumstances change while trauma was actively happening in my life, but now in my healing, I use my experiences and insights to empower others and change the trajectory of the lives of other survivors.”