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Human trafficking awareness advocate to address USD audience

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Criminal Justice Club will present an address by Tomi Lee (“T.L.”) Grover, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Al Neuharth Media Center. Grover’s presentation, “Human Trafficking: Recognition and Response” will focus on the global and local issues of human trafficking.

Grover, of Burleson, Texas, is educating audiences worldwide about domestic minor sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. An abolitionist, educator and director of TraffickStop, Grover’s previous work includes eight years with Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an educator with TraffickStop, an anti-trafficking initiative, Grover is dedicated to informing individuals and organizations about what they can do to stop human trafficking, including prevention, intervention, education and restoration. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor for Dallas Baptist University and at Howard Payne University, Grover was previously certified as a law enforcement officer as well as a law enforcement instructor. Her address at USD is free and open to the public.

The Criminal Justice Club at USD was developed to encourage academic excellence, promote service; encourage unity and to promote and provide learning opportunities in the area of courts, corrections, law enforcement and legal studies. Membership is open to full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at the University of South Dakota. For more information, please email


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News