SHERIDAN — Over the past five years, public understanding about human trafficking in Wyoming has increased drastically, according to a study by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center. Sheridan-based nonprofit Uprising shares the credit for spreading awareness and education.

Uprising’s co-founders have pushed their goals further in the past five months, having trained more than 500 people in Sheridan County with human trafficking identification and prevention tactics.

Terri Markham and Alexandra Stevenson continue to make strides toward their goals to develop safety webs within Wyoming communities, starting with Sheridan.

Stevenson and Markham met with Gov. Mark Gordon over an informal dinner Dec. 6 and presented their knowledge and strategic plan to address human trafficking in the state. One of their goals included a request for a public proclamation in January to honor Human Trafficking Awareness Month, which Gordon granted.

The proclamation was signed at the capitol Thursday.

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