Laurie Hofmann is a certified Sexual Assault Counselor/Victim Advocate and a public speaker presenter/educator on Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery. She works with victims of sexual assault and is a Certified Facilitator who speaks to adults about preventing child sex abuse.
Her Master’s thesis: Bridging the Gaps: Why Utah Needs More Services for Sexual Slaves and Trafficked Victims, focuses directly on what services are currently available for victims of trafficking and what services are needed in Utah.
Laurie is the Board Chair of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). She sits on the Board of Directors of Law Related Education (LRE) and the Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA). She hold a BS from the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education, and an MA from Westminster College in Community Leadership. She is a mentor at Westminster College for undergraduate students whose studies focus on sexual assault and human trafficking.
In addition to her focus on Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery she is also a consultant for nonprofit organizations helping them with strategic planning, Board development and governance, creating effective events, fundraising and development.
Public Speaking Presentations
- May 2017, Southern Utah University, Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery.
- May 2017, National Exchange Club Conference, Difficult Conversations, Preventing Child Sexual Abuse.
- April 2017, University of Utah, Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery
- April 2017, University of Utah College of Social Work: What worked at the Utah Legislature in 2017? What do we need to do to help victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery in 2018?
- March 2017, Weber State University, Gender Studies Class: What is Human Trafficking?
- March 2017, 4th Annual Prevention and Intervention of Sexual Violence Conference, Presenter: Services Needed for Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery.
- March 2017, University of Utah, Panel Discussion, Human Trafficking
- March 2017, Victim Advocacy Training, “Human Trafficking 101”
- March 2017, Junior League of Ogden, “Human Trafficking 101”
- March 2017, Utah Women’s Democratic Club, Panel Discussion, Rape Culture
- February 2017, Dallas Texas, Collegiate Leadership Conference, Day Two, “Bystander Intervention”
- February 2017, Dallas Texas, Collegiate Leadership Conference, Day One “Do Words Matter, Rape Culture on American College Campuses and Universities”
- February 2017, Westminster College, Junior League of Salt Lake City, Panel discussion, “How to Leverage Your Junior League Leadership”
- February 2017, Kaysville, Utah, Victim Advocacy Training, “Human Trafficking 101”
- January 2017, Living Stage at Red Lion, Salt Lake City, Advocacy Training, “Human Trafficking 101”
- January 2017, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Salt Lake City, Advocacy Training, “Human Trafficking 101”
- November 2016, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Advocacy Training, “Human Trafficking 101”
- October 2016, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Public Health Course, “Human Trafficking 101.”
- October 2016, UCASA, Salt Lake City, “Human Trafficking 101.”
- October 2016, Junior League of Salt Lake City, “How To Become a Social Activist.”
- October 2016, Provo Utah, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition Fall Conference, Panel Discussion,”The Intersection Between Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.”
- September 2016, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) Victim Advocacy Training, “Human Trafficking 101.”
- September 2016, Westminster College, “Westminster Thinks Big”, “Do Words Mater, Sexual Assault and Rape on College Campuses and Universities.”
- August 2016, Junior League of Salt Lake City, “Service Availability for Survivors of Human Trafficking.”
- June 2016, Hill Air Force Base, Davis County Utah, “Preventing Child Sexual Abuse.”
- May 2016, Hill Air Force Base, Davis County Utah, “Human Trafficking 101.”
- May 2016, Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter, Davis County Utah, “Human Trafficking 101.”
- March 2016, University of Utah: School of Social Work, “Human Trafficking 101.”
- March 2016, University of Utah: Political Science class presentation, Panel discussion, “Why Should We Care About Human Trafficking?”
- March 2016, Westminster College, “Human Trafficking 101.”
- February 2016, Westminster College, Panel discussion, “Why Should We Care About Human Trafficking?”
- September 2015, Westminster College: Social Change Summit (2 presentations) “Human Trafficking 101.”
- June 2015, Murray Chamber of Commerce, “Human Trafficking 101.”
- May 2015, Parklane Independent Living Facility, “Human Trafficking 101.”
- May 2015, Junior League of Salt Lake City (2 presentations) “Human Trafficking 101.”
- April 2015, Westminster College, “Why Should We Care About Human Trafficking?”
Ending human trafficking, sexual slavery and preventing child sex abuse is my passion. I believe the only way these crimes are going to stop is if we educate people about their existence. It is imperative we can stop these global crimes. Human trafficking and sexual slavery will become the number one criminal enterprise within the next one to three years. These crimes will surpass illegal gun and drug sales worldwide. As humane human beings we must put an end to these horrific atrocities.
My writing “Bridging the gaps: why Utah needs more services for sexual slaves and trafficked victims” explains more.
“I’ve worked with Laurie on a variety of nonprofit management issues, from fundraising to building a better board. Her professional skills are excellent. I’m happy to describe my experience to anyone seeking nonprofit consulting services from her. Further, I recently attended Laurie Hofmann’s presentation about human trafficking in Utah. I was particularly interested in this presentation, both because of the subject matter and the conservative audience she presented to. Her knowledge of the subject and ability to communicate difficult truths was noteworthy. Seeing her in action as an advocate against modern day slavery helped me see that Laurie is more than a talented nonprofit executive. She is leading the way to real reform in this largely ignored, yet, internationally epidemic crime and its millions of victims.”
Shawna Wagner, Development Director, Vesterheim Norwegian Museum
“Laurie has an exceptional talent in public speaking on multiple topics, including human trafficking and sexual slavery. Laurie delivers engaging, passionate, and knowledgeable presentations that encompass social responsibility and civic engagement. I have asked Laurie to speak on three separate occasions on human trafficking and sexual slavery, and I have yet to walk away without a better understanding and increased knowledge on the crises. Additionally, Laurie creates an intimate space where her audience members can feel comfortable asking tough questions and critically engaging in the issues at hand. I have received overwhelmingly positive feedback on her presentations and many of the audience members have asked her to return to conferences with even larger audiences. I highly recommend Laurie as a public speaker due to her experience, positive feedback, and engaging presence.”
Whitney Walton, Creator and Co-Chair, The Tipping Point, Westminster College
"I have had the pleasure of being in the audience of several of Laurie Hofmann’s presentations. She is an accomplished speaker that clearly communicates her knowledge of the subject matter. She is always passionate about her topics and has a knack for involving her audiences’ participation during her presentations. She is an effective trainer and she has done several leadership workshops for the Junior League of Salt Lake City. I love the way that Laurie will challenge her attendees’ to do more...be more...get involved more. I remember one presentation where she stated, “I dare you to go big or go home!” The Junior League of Salt Lake City decided to follow her advice and we are glad that we did. If Laurie is on the agenda, I will always be at her presentation/seminar/workshop!!!"
Vicki Harder, President, Junior League of Salt Lake City
“After the sexual assault, I tried to navigate everything all by myself without the help of people. I was completely lost after the incident because everything seemed scary and overwhelming. However, my life has changed a lot since I met Laurie. She took the time to answer my questions and concerns when I stumbled across the road blocks along the way. She is the most caring, loving, and compassionate person I have ever met; mostly, I love seeing her enthusiasm and love for advocating against sexual assault…”
Louis, male rape survivor