Human trafficking topic of latest Arter-Rowland National Security Forum

In this fourth presentation of the Arter-Rowland National Security Forum, Lt. Col. John J. Nelson, U.S. Army Retired, chief executive officer of Morris, Nelson & Associates, LLC, and a senior research fellow of the Arthur D. Simons Center, delivered a presentation on Counter Human Trafficking efforts in the United States.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) John J. Nelson delivers his presentation on Counter Human Trafficking in the U.S. during the Arter-Rowland National Security Forum Oct. 14, 2021, at the Carriage Club in Kansas City.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) John J. Nelson delivers his presentation on Counter Human Trafficking in the U.S. during the Arter-Rowland National Security Forum Oct. 14, 2021, at the Carriage Club in Kansas City.

The CGSC Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (KCAUSA) hosted the luncheon forum at the Carriage Club in Kansas City on Oct. 14, 2021. More than 90 were in attendance. Simons Center Founder and Director, Col. (Ret.) Bob Ulin provided the welcome and introductions.

During the presentation, Nelson provided an overview of the human trafficking problem in terms of its scope and impact. He spoke about the root causes that lead to the victimization of vulnerable persons in our society and the factors that promote individuals becoming traffickers. He also described how this modern form of slavery operates as a highly profitable business with complex mechanisms of recruiting, grooming, exploitation, and geography, and its linkages to both gang activity and transnational organized crime.

Nelson wrapped up the discussion with a brief overview of the legal, jurisdictional, mission, funding, and capability challenges facing the various federal, state, local, and non-governmental agencies conducting the interagency fight.

After Nelson’s presentation, Ulin spoke about the Arter-Rowland National Security Forum (ARNSF) and invited the attendees to become founding members of the forum. – To join the ARNSF, visit the CGSC Foundation website at www.cgscfoundation.org/donate and select the Arter-Rowland National Security Forum option to join.

For more photos visit the album on the CGSC Foundation Flickr site


A special thanks to the sponsors of this presentation of the
Arter-Rowland National Security Forum

composite image containing the logos of the four sponsors of this presentation of the Arter-Rowland National Security Forum -- JE Dunn Construction, Shawnee Mission KIA, Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation and Ferguson Hotel Development

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The Arter-Rowland National Security Forum is a membership-only exclusive professional networking club for alumni of the Foundation’s National Security Roundtable Program and others interested in keeping abreast of relevant information about national security issues.

Members of the Forum and their guests meet periodically at guest speaker events in downtown Kansas City. National and regional guest speakers representing all elements of national power (Diplomatic, Informational, Military and Economic) highlight the meetings. The Forum is nonpartisan, but elected government officials may present from time to time.

The Forum is named after Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Arter, Founding Chairman of the CGSC Foundation, and Mr. Landon Rowland, the Foundation’s first major donor who was well-known in Kansas City for his keen interest in national security issues and his leadership in business and philanthropy.

Memberships in the Forum are available on an annual basis for $1,000.


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