Nebraska is hosting a regional conference aimed at child pornography, sexual abuse and enticement.
Federal prosecutors say the ninth annual Protect Our Children Conference is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday in Omaha. The conference will bring together more than 600 victim advocates, law enforcement officials and others.
Speakers include Dave Pelzer, who wrote a 1995 memoir about severe abuse he experienced as a child, and Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her home as teenager in 2002 and recovered nine months later.
The conference is sponsored by the Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center and U.S. attorneys from Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.
In a statement, U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says the conference is designed to increase awareness of child protection issues.