Who We Are…About GRIT

The Greater Rockies Immersive Training on Exploitation and Trafficking (GRIT) is brought to you by Uprising, a Wyoming-based anti-trafficking nonprofit. By fusing together the latest research, trends, and field expertise coupled with innovative immersion training, GRIT aims to cultivate sustainable change in how criminal justice systems throughout the Rocky Mountain region react to, investigate, and prosecute exploitation-based crimes. GRIT accomplishes this by using a multidisciplinary approach that targets offenders while providing holistic support for the victims of these crimes.

The 2023 theme for the GRIT Conference is ‘marginalized populations.’ We will be highlighting often overlooked or underserved populations that are disproportionately effected by the issue of human trafficking. 

Uprising isn’t just an organization, it’s a movement.

We believe that exploitation of even one person is too much and we are working tirelessly to shine a light on how this is happening, even in Wyoming.

By strategically collaborating with other individuals, groups, and organizations, we can create more awareness surrounding human trafficking and exploitation, expand prevention and intervention efforts, and effectively reduce vulnerabilities that lead to exploitation. Together, we can take steps to ensure our communities are the safest possible. Learn more about Uprising’s mission and programs by visiting Uprisingwyo.org.

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2023 Schedule

The Greater Rockies Immersive Training

Tentative Schedule-Subject to Change

7:00-9:00am
Registration and Check-In

8:00-9:00am
Human Trafficking 101 (optional)

9:15-9:45am
Welcome & Keynote

10:00am-12:15pm
Session 1 Rotation

12:15pm-1:30pm
Lunch (Provided)

1:30-3:30pm
Session 2 Rotation

3:30-4:00pm
Refreshment Break

4:00-5:00pm
Application 1

7:00-8:00pm
Happy Hour

8:00-10:00am
Session 3 Rotation

10:00-10:30am
Coffee Break

10:30am-12:30pm
Session 4 Rotation

12:30-1:30pm
Lunch (Provided)

1:30-3:00pm
Big Group Session 

3:00-3:30pm
Refreshment Break

3:30-5:00pm
Application 2

6:00-10:00pm
Networking Event/Concert

8:00-9:30am
Big Group Session

9:45-11:00am
Breakout Session 1

11:15-12:30pm
Breakout Session 2

12:30-1:30pm
Lunch (Provided)

1:30-2:30pm
Big Group Session

2:30-3:00pm
Refreshment Break

3:00-5:00pm
Application 3

8:00am- 9:30am
Big Group Session

9:45-11:00am
Breakout Session 3

11:15- 11:45am
Closing Remarks/Door Prize Drawings

2023 Venue

Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center
800 N Poplar St
Casper, WY 82601

A limited amount of King or Double Queen rooms are available at a special rate of $93/per night until April 17, 2023 or until they run out. We recommend you book your rooms early!

Book Your Room Here

Or call  307-266-6000 to book your room and mention the “GRIT Conference” for your room rate.

  • Casper-Natrona County International Airport – Casper, Wyoming https://iflycasper.com/
  • Casper has an international airport that is serviced by direct flights on United Express to and from Denver International Airport. The largest nearby airport with more flight availability is Billings-Logan International Airport which is approximately a 4-hour drive or Denver International Airport which is approximately a 4-hour drive. Other nearby regional airports with limited flight availability are located in Gillette, and Sheridan, Wyoming respectively.

2023 SESSIONs

The Greater Rockies Immersive Training

Session Descriptions Coming Soon

Successful Collaborative Prosecutions

Speaker:
JR Ujifusa

Description:
Combatting human trafficking and prosecuting human trafficking offenders takes everyone. Taking into account 15 years of human trafficking prosecutorial experience, this session among other things, will discuss collaborative approaches using partners to help support victims and cases, legislative efforts, creative prosecutions to hold offenders accountable and moving forward with prosecutions without victim cooperation.

Survivor-Centered Strategies for Interviewing and Engaging Human Trafficking Victims

Speaker:

Maurice Washington

Description:

This critical presentation is designed to support investigators in developing a trauma-informed approach to interviewing and engaging victims of trafficking, and in implementing measures to mitigate secondary trauma. Detective Washington will review the interpersonal impact of trauma and how it influences a survivor’s perspective on trust, safety, and cooperation; discuss barriers to establishing and maintaining engagement; and enhance an investigator’s interview skills by providing techniques and tools to elicit evidence and gain cooperation, detect trauma responses, navigate resistance, and reduce the potential for re-traumatization. 

Engaging WITH Survivors

Speaker:
Becca Cary

Description:
Coming Soon

Cultural competency

Speaker:
Cristian Eduardo

Description:
Coming Soon

Trust-Based Relational Intervention with trafficking survivors

Speaker:
Kimberly Glaudy

Description:
Coming Soon

Serving Male Survivors

Speaker:
Nathan Earl

Description:
Coming Soon

Working human trafficking cases on Tribal Lands

Speaker:

Chris Cuestas

Description:

Coming Soon

Breakout Sessions

Presenters: Dr. Katie Edwards and Paulette Red Willow

A growing body of research and practice-based wisdom suggests that Indigenous peoples experience high rates of sexual and domestic violence, and more recently researchers have begun to explore sex trafficking among Indigenous Peoples. Experiences of sex trafficking and other forms of violence among Indigenous relatives are rooted in colonization and multiple historical traumas, and there are also population-specific factors (e.g., cultural identity) that are critical to consider when seeking to understand trafficking experiences among Indigenous Peoples. The purpose of this interactive session is to briefly review the extant empirical and theoretical research literature as well as practice-based wisdom and lessons learned from the field on what we know about: (1) incidence and prevalence of sex trafficking among Indigenous peoples (How common is it?); (2) universal- and population- specific risk and protective factors at all levels of the social ecology for sex trafficking among Indigenous Peoples (Why does it occur?); and (3) factors that facilitate and/or hinder recovery/healing among Indigenous survivors of sex trafficking (How do we best support survivors?).

Presenter: Charlie Falkis

You may be aware of the invisible wounds that victims often face, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), but what about the invisible wounds to one’s morality or soul?  A moral injury can occur in response to acting or witnessing behaviors that go against an individual’s values and moral beliefs. This session will take you on an intentional journey through the lens of moral injury. We will look at moral injury through the viewpoint of a survivor with lived experience and learn how they have used this approach to move further in their own healing.

FAQs

Full refunds are available until April 1, 2022. Refund requests after this date will be considered on a case by case basis. 

**To request a refund, you must email GRIT@uprisingwyo.org and provide the attendee’s name, the purchaser’s name, the ticket order number and an address to send the check. If your billing address has changed since the time of purchase, please provide your updated address. Refunds will be issued by check within 30 days of request.

The GRIT Conference provides top-notch instruction from nationally-renowned experts who have spent months collaborating to develop an innovative training that integrates best practices for each discipline with a coordinated, trauma-informed team approach to victim-centered justice. Rather than choose from a traditional list of breakout sessions according to their topic, attendees will be assigned to multi-disciplinary teams throughout the event to learn, apply, and problem solve together as they move through each instructor’s class. Instructors will provide expertise and engagement opportunities in critical areas of a victim-centered response. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to put the skills they have learned into practice with a hands-on exercise involving a mock investigative operation. 

The GRIT Conference also examines the issue of human trafficking through a rural lens.

The GRIT Conference is intentionally designed as a multi-disciplinary training where attendees from varying professions will learn how to effectively communicate, coordinate, and collaborate together to accomplish more favorable outcomes in cases of exploitation and trafficking.

This training was developed for professionals who work with victims/survivors and potential victims of sex and labor trafficking, such as prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, probation officers, detention staff, social services, child protective services, healthcare providers, victim advocates, advocacy groups, CAC staff, task force members, educators, and mental health practitioners. If your profession is not listed here and you would like to inquire regarding your eligibility to attend, please contact GRIT@uprisingwyo.org prior to registration.

A group rate will be available in 2023 for agencies registering three (3) or more individuals at the same time before March 1, 2023. Agencies may register up to five (5) attendees at this discounted rate through the link provided above. If your agency would like to register more than five attendees at the discounted rate, please contact GRIT@uprisingwyo.org for an invoice and further instructions.

The GRIT Conference is designed as a fully immersive, hands-on experience. All attendees are expected to join us for the duration of the event in order to receive the most value out of their registration. While we understand evolving priorities and unforeseen schedule conflicts, partial registration will not be offered at GRIT 2023.

Given the nature of the immersive and hands-on experience, The GRIT Conference will not be offered virtually.

We are striving to have CEU credits already approved and available for attendance.  Last year the following CEU’s were available:

WY, ID, MT, SD, ND, CO, NE POST were approved, WY, ID, MT CLE general credits were approved, and NASW social work credits were approved. 

If you are in a profession or a state where CEU credits have some very specific requirements for approval then please reach out to GRIT@uprisingwyo.org and we will work with you as best we can to make that a possibility.

GRIT 2023 will take place in Casper, Wyoming right off Interstate 25 in the central part of the State. Weather in early May can be unpredictable and all travelers should allow plenty of time if coming from out of the area.

Casper has an international airport that is serviced by direct flights on United Express to and from Denver International Airport. The largest nearby airport with more flight availability is Billings-Logan International Airport which is approximately a 4-hour drive or Denver International Airport which is approximately a 4-hour drive. Other nearby regional airports with limited flight availability are located in Gillette, and Sheridan, Wyoming respectively.

Nope! Welcome to Wyoming where casual/business casual attire is acceptable and the weather is unpredictable. The majority of the experience will take place indoors, however a portion of the experience may have attendees outside periodically (with potential for rain, snow, wind, or shine) so please check the weather in advance and come prepared. Layers are recommended, even indoors. 

Lunch will be provided on site daily, along with light refreshments and coffee in the morning and afternoon.

If you have a food allergy, please be sure to indicate that during your registration or any time prior to the event and we will work with the venue to address these restrictions.  You may also indicate whether you are vegetarian or require a gluten-free diet and we will do our best to accommodate those requests.

 

 Please be sure to indicate any accessibility needs during your registration or any time prior to the event and we will work with the venue to accommodate to the best of our ability.

Yes! Event staff will have multiple networking opportunities available. More information will be released closer to the event.

You, your new friends, and  The GRIT Conference staff and presenters will have the chance to connect during multiple, attendance-optional events during the conference in 2023. More details to come.

Yes, WiFi will be available throughout the venue and a password will be provided in your conference program.

The GRIT Conference is working alongside the staff at our training venue, The Ramkota to ensure that our conference attendees remain healthy and safe. With the hotel’s help, we will ensure sanitation procedures and precautionary measures are in place throughout the venue. Safety measures including mask requirements and social distancing will be dictated by the City of Casper and the State of Wyoming. GRIT 2023 will not be administering COVID-19 temperature checks, testing or mask mandates, unless otherwise specified by the local and state governments for the duration of the 2023. By completing the registration, all attendees assume the risks related to attending a public event and agree to not hold Uprising, event staff, and/or affiliates liable for illness or injury incurred as a result of attendance or travel to the event.

CDC Guidelines on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

As we get closer to the GRIT 2023 dates, we will provide regular updates to registered attendees on any changes in our precautionary measures.

In the unlikely event we must cancel GRIT 2023 due to COVID-19, attendees will be given the option to request a full refund or transfer their registration to GRIT 2024. If an attendee becomes ill due to COVID-19, they may refer to the refund policy provided above.

2023 Presenters

JR Ujifusa

JR Ujifusa has been working on human trafficking crimes and issues for the last 14 years and is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the district of Oregon focusing on federal human trafficking crimes. He is the Senior deputy and supervisor of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Drug and Property unit and Human Trafficking Team which oversees the Prostitution Coordination Team, the Sex Buyers Accountability and Diversion Program,  First Offender Program, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Law Enforcement group, National Sex Trafficking Law Enforcement List Serve, and is the primary prosecutor for all felony prostitution and human trafficking cases within Multnomah County. JR has trained, presented and has been a guest speaker at numerous national and regional human trafficking conferences and trainings. He is a member of the Multnomah County and State of Oregon Human Trafficking Task Forces as well as the U. S. Attorney’s Oregon Foreign Born Task Force. JR serves as the chair of the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States. He co-chairs the Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s Human Trafficking Advisory Committee and the Oregon DOJ Trafficking Intervention Advisory Committee.   He has been a Deputy District Attorney since 2005 and has also prosecuted drug crimes, felony property crimes, violent crimes, sexual assaults, domestic violence related crimes, gang related crimes and homicides.

Rebecca Cary

Rebecca Cary is the Founder of Hands of Justice, Consultant, Speaker, Educator, and Overcomer Leader. A recent graduate of Sam Houston State University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Services, Rebecca is currently enrolled in a Master’s program for Victim Studies and set to graduate December 2022. She holds the Survivor position on the board of the Montgomery County Coalition Against Human Trafficking and serves on the Survivor Leader Council for the state of Texas. She was featured in a PSA, as well as a short film, for the new Goya Care initiative, appeared on NBC, and has also been an endorser for the “Can you See Me” campaign, led by A21 in various cities throughout Texas. In May of 2022, she published her first book, When Silence Ends, which features Overcomer stories from across the United States. As of July 2022, Rebecca opened up an Economic Empowerment and Resource center for Survivors of Human Trafficking in Conroe, Texas. This is a first of it’s kind within several counties of Texas.

Jessa Crisp

Cristian Eduardo

Cristian Eduardo is an advocate, speaker and educator for anti-trafficking initiatives, immigrant and LGBTQ+ rights. He is a survivor of international and domestic sex and labor trafficking, a Mexican immigrant, HIV+, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and someone who speaks openly about the mental health challenges he has faced that frequently result from trauma. Although these are parts of him, he is whole, who cannot be defined. Cristian Eduardo is also a student, who is science and engineering oriented. Cristian Eduardo’s inspiration for his social justice work is to give insight that victims always remain human beings. Cristian Eduardo is a Lead Human Trafficking Consultant and Survivor with Shobana Powell Consulting, shaping national human trafficking trainings and policies. He also serves as a Survivor Consultant for ECPAT-USA, Center for Court Innovation, and USCRI. He is the Co-Founder of United Immigrants of New York (UIONY), a coalition of immigration advocates providing accessible education and resources to Spanish-speaking immigrants in New York. Cristian Eduardo is on the Steering Committees for New Yorkers for the Equality Model and Louisiana for Survivors’ Justice Coalition and has been instrumental in the development of Equality Model training and legislation across the US.

David Weiss

Maurice Washington

Maurice Washington is a detective with the Seattle Police
Department, assigned to the High Risk Victims Human
Trafficking Unit. He is also a Task Force Officer with the FBI
attached to the Seattle FBI Child Exploitation and Human
Trafficking Task Force. Maurice has held his current
assignment with the HRV Human Trafficking Unit and the
FBI Task Force for over fourteen years. He has 32 years of
law enforcement experience, 22 years of undercover
experience, and he is a master instructor for the Seattle
Police Department focusing on defensive tactics and
tactical movements. Maurice teaches human trafficking
investigation classes (sex trafficking specifically) around
the country and beyond and is a human trafficking expert
witness in both state and federal courts. He is responsible
for investigating crimes of Promoting Prostitution and other
related crimes and conducts this in traditional and
undercover capacities. His unit’s mission is preventing
children and young women and men from being targeted for
prostitution/sex trade, stopping or disrupting
traffickers/pimps running these criminal activities and
organizations, and rescuing and removing those who are
already being victimized.

Alexandra Ford

Chris Cuestas

Chris Cuestas holds a bachelors degree in Administration of Justice from The University of Arizona. Chris has been educating communities, law enforcement, schools and tribal entities for 42 years. Chris is a recognized “sole source” trainer because of his level of expertise and years of “field experience”.

In 2009/2010 Chris’s gang reduction strategy received “national best practice”
recognition for gang reduction in tribal lands. The G.R.I.P.S. (Gang Reduction through Intervention Prevention and Suppression) strategy has shown significant
success in tribal communities seeking to impact this developing sub-culture.

Chris also served as the Lead Detective for the cross pollinated drug, gang and guns federal “Hardcore Interdiction Team” representing the Tucson Police
Department from 1990 to 1996. Chris also currently consults on MMIW/MIP cases on behalf of tribal communities and families.
“FEATURED SPEAKER 2012 IHS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH  CONFERENCE”

“FEATURED EXPERT WITNESS 2014 U.S. ATTORNEY
GENERAL’S TASK FORCE ON GANG ACTIVITY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING”

Alexandra Ford

Dr. Katie Edwards

Dr. Katie Edwards, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln where she directs the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory. Using community-based participatory action research, Dr. Edwards seeks to answer two questions in her work: (1) How do we prevent sexual and related forms of violence? and (2) How do we most effectively support survivors in the aftermath of violent victimization? Much of Dr. Edwards work focuses on minoritized populations, specifically Native American/Indigenous youth and families as well as LGBTQ2S+ youth and emerging adults. Dr. Edwards highly values community leadership in developing and evaluating strengths-focused, affirming, culturally grounded initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual and related forms of violence. To date, she has published more than 200 peer reviewed journal articles, and over the past 10 years has accrued over 22 million dollars in funding for her research, predominately from federal (U.S.) agencies.

Nathan Earl

Nathan Earl is an anti-trafficking pioneer, fierce advocate and visionary leader with a passion for building resilient communities immune to exploitation. Through his work as a Public Health Consultant at Giant Slayer Consulting, Nathan leverages more than 20 years of lived and professional experience to help organizations and communities prevent violence against boys and male-identifying individuals.
Mr. Earl operationalized and led one of the first direct service programs for males impacted by human trafficking. Based in South Florida, the program provided outreach, care coordination, case management, and housing coordination for young adult male survivors challenged with substance dependency.

Nathan currently assists Federal, State and NGO partners increase their capacity to respond to human trafficking in the areas of research, collective impact, syndemic intervention and policy. Mr. Earl’s research focus areas include the scope and prevalence of various forms of violence against males, gaps in acute mental health care experienced by survivors of human trafficking, and male victimization syndemic to substance dependency, PTSD and HIV.

Mr. Earl is a Fellow of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Human Trafficking Leadership Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida and is currently Master’s in Public Health candidate at Yale University. Nathan holds additional Certificates in Leadership and in Human Subjects Research.

Christine Cesa

Christine Cesa is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Intercultural Studies with Children at Risk and a Bachelor of Science in Education
from Ashland University. Christine currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator with the Avery Center. Most recently, Christine served as a Survivor Advocate with CAST LA and Dignity Health responding to victims of violence and survivors of human trafficking and providing emergency services to survivors in the healthcare system. Christine is a lived experience expert with specific expertise in familial trafficking. Furthermore, she currently serves as a consultant with Polaris, the Office for Victims of Crime, the State Department, the New Jersey Coalition on Human Trafficking, and the Board of Ride My Road. Highlights included being published as the author on the fact sheet for the TIP report in 2021 highlighting Familial
Trafficking and one of the co-authors in an anthology, “Medical Perspectives in Human Trafficking In Adolescents”. Christine has trained healthcare systems and spoken at conferences such as National Conference on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Crimes Against Women, JUST, Build Beyond, and other similar presentations.

Charlie Falkis

Charlie is a fierce advocate of anti-trafficking work and a passionate board member of Uprising. He holds lived experience with familial, gang, and domestic minor sex trafficking. Charlie has devoted much of his post-trafficked life to advocacy and outreach in mental health, supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and human rights. Charlie has worked with social justice and mental health organizations as well as devoting his time through volunteer mentorship, support groups, and building community resilience.

Pauletta Red Willow

Pauletta Red Willow is a dedicated advocate for abused, neglected, trafficked, runaway, and homeless youth. With more than 24 years’ experience as a child advocate, Ms. Red Willow is the founder of the transitional living program at Maggie’s House and its Director since 2008. Maggie’s House provides a broad range of services to homeless youth, youth exiting foster care, and youth experiencing abuse. Services provided by Maggie’s House include residential placements, a variety of assessments in education, substance abuse treatment, etc. In addition, Maggie’s House works in collaboration with tribal, state, federal, and nonprofit agencies to develop strategies to address human trafficking and providing housing resources for homeless youth.  Ms. Red Willow is also a certified Human Trafficking Specialist and Tribal Youth Navigator.

Ms. Red Willow has served in various capacities in the Bismarck/Mandan and Standing Rock area as well.  She has served as the Coordinator for Youthworks, North Dakota’s Youth Cultural Achievement Program, providing monthly classes in cultural education, organizing national, state, tribal, and federal trainings in juvenile diversion and justice, and coordinating human trafficking multi-disciplinary team building.  Ms. Red Willow has also assisted in housing placements and application processes.  Current projects Ms. Red Willow is participating in are the Bismarck Adult and Youth Human Trafficking MDT team; ND Tribal Subcommittee for Human Trafficking, SD East River Human Trafficking Task Force, ESG-CG Homeless Prevention Provider; and MDT Development in tribal communities to address human trafficking.

Ms. Red Willow served youth in several capacities ranging from program development for emergency shelters to health care services. She has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and the 4-H organization for more than twenty years combined.  

She is a certified subject matter expert for the Family and Youth Services Bureau Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center sat on their Region 8 representatives for the National Runaway and Homeless Youth Board for 3 terms. She is a current Policy and Advisory Committee member of the SD Homeless and Housing Coalition.  She also is a member of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment Advisory Board and a board member of the McLaughlin Teen Center, Iyuha Aku.

Ms. Red Willow is also certified by the FBI in their Interview and Interrogations and Crimes Against Children school and an Oglala Lakota Court Appointed Services Advocate. Additionally, Ms. Red Willow has been certified by the National Association of Worksite Health Centers in Native American Holistic Health.  Ms. Red Willow is the first Native certified in the Residential Care and Youth Professional Training curriculum.

Ms. Red Willow received her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary science from Oglala Lakota College.  As a member of the Lakota tribe, Ms. Red Willow was born and raised on Lakota land in South Dakota, is a veteran, and a passionate child activist. 

Ashleigh Chapman

Ashleigh S. Chapman, JD is a human rights lawyer, social
entrepreneur, and one of USA Today’s Women of the Year.
Ashleigh has spent 20+ years building solutions in education,
business, legal, nonprofit, government, healthcare and community sectors – on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Ashleigh presently serves as the President of AFRJ®, a global humanitarian aid organization that exists to end human trafficking, and as the  Founder/CEO of AltusTM, a business for good that powers social justice solutions, including Engage Together® (which strengthens community engagement) and Justice UTM
(which equips justice advocates). Prior to Altus and the AFRJ, Ashleigh served as: the co-founder and Director of the Center for Global Justice at Regent University School of Law; the Director of a non-profit serving thousands of at-risk youth; a Children’s Pastor; and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law, receiving the faculty’s Most Outstanding Graduate award, and Summa Cum Laude with her B.S.
from Tennessee Technological University.

Kimberly Glaudy

Kimberly Glaudy currently serves as a Regional Training Consultant for the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. In this role, she trains change agents in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and supports model implementation in various programs. Kimberly holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership and another in Marriage and Family Therapy. For several years, she served as an administrator of a residential treatment facility for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, and for a foster program serving the same population. It is during this time she developed a passion for working with youth who have experienced complex developmental trauma. Kimberly has worked in youth and community development organizations for over 20 years.
Today, she also serves as founder of Family Foundation Initiatives, a therapeutic private practice dedicated to mental wellness and family strengthening initiatives.

2023 Sponsor

GRIT 2023 has unique opportunities for you, your agency or business to share your resources with our regional audience. For more information about event sponsorship at any level, brand recognition (such as promotion at the annual Networking Happy Hour or other social events), and an easy way to connect with attendees, contact our conference coordinator. We would love to talk with you further about these options and how we may be able to customize any of the options provided below.

We also have another unique way to support our mission. Requests for scholarships from under-resourced professionals are fulfilled whenever possible through generous donations from individuals and businesses. All donations contributed towards registration scholarships are utilized for conference tickets only. We would be thrilled to have your partnership in supporting the attendance of any Wyoming professional.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor scholarships for GRIT attendance, you may do so with a donation of any amount here:

Please note that all donors will receive recognition in our program, but may also choose to remain anonymous. 

Gannett Peak

SPONSOR

$7500

  • Advertisement on our conference website and Facebook page

  • Full page name and/or logo in the conference program

  • Name and/or logo projected during the morning welcome, lunch program, and wrap-up session

  • Free vendor table

  • 10-15 Minute Time Slot to Address Attendees of the Conference

  • 12 tickets free admission to Keynote opening of the training and networking event

Grand Teton

SPONSOR

$5000

  • Advertisement on our conference website and Facebook page

  • Full page name and/or logo in the conference program

  • Name and/or logo projected during the morning welcome, lunch program, and wrap-up session

  • Free vendor table

  • 12 tickets free admission to Keynote opening of the training and networking event

Wind River

SPONSOR

$2500

  • Advertisement on our conference website and Facebook page

  • Half page name and/or logo in the conference program

  • Name and/or logo projected during the morning welcome, lunch program, and wrap-up session

  • Free vendor table

  • 9 tickets free admission to Keynote opening of the training and networking event

Cloud Peak

SPONSOR

$1000

  • Advertisement on our conference website and Facebook page

  • Name and/or logo in the conference program

  • Name and/or logo projected during the morning welcome, lunch program, and wrap-up session

  • 6 tickets free admission to Keynote opening of the training and networking event

Mt. Moran

SPONSOR

$500

  • Advertisement on our conference website and Facebook page

  • Name and/or logo in the conference program

  • Name and/or logo projected during the morning welcome, lunch program, and wrap-up session

  • 3 tickets free admission to Keynote opening of the training and networking event

2024 Presenters

GRIT is a unique, immersive, hands-on training experience. Selected presenters collaborate in the months leading up to the event to design and develop a training curriculum that is cohesive and non-duplicative. Presenters typically spend 5-10 hours throughout the year meeting with each other and preparing their individual presentations. During the event, attendees are divided into multidisciplinary groups that migrate together from class to class throughout the event. Each instructor is responsible for teaching their own approved curriculum in full for each multidisciplinary cohort (up to six times total). Presenters also take part in coaching participants through a mock-case study.

If you are interested in being a presenter at GRIT, please contact Terri Markham below.

About Us

Get to know the conference planning team

Alexandra Ford

Terri Markham

Terri is the co-founder and executive director of Uprising. She has been working in the anti-human trafficking movement for the past 8 years. Her passion is working in the awareness and prevention education field of the movement. She is a certified Love146 #NotANumber facilitator and a certified Unbound Keeping Students Safe facilitator. She has had the pleasure of presenting to and training over 1,000 individuals in Wyoming in the past year alone. She is a mom to 3 daughters, another motivating factor for her work.

Alexandra Ford

Clay Platt

Bio coming soon!

Alexandra Ford

Elizabeth Scaife

Elizabeth Scaife is the founder of FYN Global, a small business focused on supporting individuals and organizations in the anti-trafficking and victim services fields. Throughout her career, she has seen friends and colleagues in all sectors struggle through leadership and organizational challenges that can be solved with strategic solutions and support. She believes that our collective success in ending trafficking, exploitation, and gender-based violence depends entirely on our willingness to collaborate through shared expertise and resources.

FYN stands for “Find Your North” which is a navigational concept she lives her life by. FYN Global was created to add value to the existing missions of Survivors and Allies around the world.