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SLU Computer Science Professor Named a Business Journal 40 Under 40 for 2022

St. Louis, MO (Nov. 7, 2022) — Abby Stylianou, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science and a Fellow of both the Research Institute at Saint Louis University and the Taylor Geospatial Institute, was named a St. Louis Business Journal 40 Under 40 for 2022. Stylianou began as a Fellow at the Research Institute in the fall of 2019 and was just named a Fellow of…

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St. Louis University: Saint Louis University Computer Scientist Uses Image Recognition to Combat Human Trafficking

Travelers Encouraged to Share Hotel Images to Help Stop Traffickers and Rescue Victims ST. LOUIS – Human traffickers regularly post photographs of their victims posed in hotel rooms for online ads. As COVID-19 restrictions and quarantines continue to lift around the world, one Saint Louis University researcher reminds travelers that by simply downloading an app, they could play a role…

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Nix Associates named Top 500 People in Events

Our Director of Development, Kimberly Ritter, was named one of the Top 500 People in Events by BizBash. Ritter was one of nine professionals in the Sustainability and Social Responsibility category for her work fighting sex trafficking. Learn more about how we fight sex trafficking through our organization Exchange Initiative, which developed the TraffickCam app: https://nixassoc.com/corporate-social-responsibility/ Read the full Top…

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No Vacancy: How the meeting and events industry can help stop child sex trafficking

No Vacancy: How the meeting and events industry can help stop child sex trafficking

Child sex trafficking is a crime that happens across the United States, often in hotel rooms. Something that you might consider is that other businesses, parallel to the hospitality industry, can help protect children—the meeting and events industry is one of them because the meetings industry works with hotels and with companies that book hotels for their employees. In September, ECPAT-USA…

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Q & A with Kimberly Ritter, fighting human trafficking with a smartphone app

Q & A with Kimberly Ritter, fighting human trafficking with a smartphone app Kimberly Ritter is the senior account manager specializing in large event planning at Nix Conference & Meeting Management in St. Louis. She also spearheads the company’s corporate social responsibility trafficking initiative. Ritter is the director for development for Exchange Initiative, a social action organization that Nix formed…

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Travelers fight sex trafficking with TraffickCam during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (January)

ST. LOUIS, MO – The social action organization Exchange Initiative is encouraging travelers to help fight sex trafficking during January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, by uploading hotel room photos to the free TraffickCam mobile app. Today, January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Photos uploaded with the TraffickCam app are anonymously added to a national database…

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