ANDERSON — An Indiana agency will inform the public on the signs of human trafficking in youth and how to help during a free luncheon this week.

The Youth Worker Cafe, coordinated by the Indiana Youth Institute, on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community Hospital Anderson Education Center, will feature speaker Jessica Herzog.

Herzog, Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program Region 6 Coordinator, will speak on recognizing signs, identifying victims and coordinating support, according to an IYI press release.

More than 178 cases of trafficked youth, with victims as young as 7 years old, were investigated by Indiana State Police in 2016, according to the 2016 Indiana State Human Trafficking Report.

While the event is aimed at youth workers, it is free to attend for the public. Attendees will learn the federal and state trafficking laws, risk factors for youth, how to identify victims, and how to report a suspected case. They will also learn about victim services locally and statewide, according to the release.

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If you go

What: Human Trafficking Youth Worker Cafe

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Community Hospital Anderson Education Center, 1923 N. Madison Ave., 765-298-1660

Lunch is provided. If Anderson Community School Corp. is closed due to weather, the event will be canceled and rescheduled.

To register: Email Alison Palmer at