As a musician, Justin Dillon started hosting benefit concerts for organizations addressing the problem of modern day slavery. His passion grew into a “rockumentary” that combined critically acclaimed artists such as Moby, Natasha Bedingfield and Matisyahu with social luminaries such as Cornell West, Ashley Judd, Julia Ormond, Nicholas Kristof, and Madeline Albright in the film CALL+RESPONSE, one of the top documentaries of 2008. Most recently, Justin and his non-profit organization Slavery Footprint have partnered with the State Department to launch an online and mobile platform that allows consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery. It also provides consumers with an opportunity to have a deeper conversation with the companies that manufacture the goods they purchase. In addition to creating and developing the online tools, Slavery Footprint is also engaged in off-line community education, mobilization programs, supply chain assessment, and on-the-ground projects working to end slavery in our lifetime.
Places you can find Justin…. www.slaveryfootprint.org | @justindillon
Let’s Get Slavery Out of Our System
Justin will focus on the importance of tackling the issue of modern-day slavery in multiple ways in order to end it once and for all. Through campaigns, advocacy, frontline projects, business solutions, and consumer engagement we are pulling together the partners that will disrupt the system in which slavery thrives.
Founder, Trade as One
Convicted of the urgency of practical action through the use of consumer spending on behalf of the global poor, Nathan and Cath George founded Trade as One, and online fair trade company based in Santa Cruz, California in 2006. The company sells products made by victims of trafficking, HIV/AIDS and the poorest of the poor. It sees job creation among the global poor as essential in breaking cycles of poverty, abuse and human slavery. Nathan frequently speaks at conferences and churches on the need to engage our consumer spending the in the fight against human slavery.
Places you can find Nathan…. www.tradeasone.com | @tradeasone
Emancipation as a lifestyle
When discussing issues of human slavery often our first instinct is to respond in anger at the perpetrators of abuse. As we become more aware of the interconnectedness of our world and the complexities of modern life, we begin to realize how complicit we may unwittingly be. This talk will look at how we can use our lifestyle as an expression of freedom for both ourselves and those who work to make the products that we consume.
Jaida Im is the founder and executive director of Freedom House. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Freedom House is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. With a vision to provide much-needed shelter for trafficking survivors, Jaida ignited a local abolitionist movement that resulted in the opening of the first safe house in Northern California for adult female survivors of human trafficking. Jaida brings to the organization more than 20 years’ experience as a healthcare professional in managed care organizations and holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Southern California.
Places you can find Jaida…. www.freedomhousesf.org | @freedomhousesf
Sean Litton joined International Justice Mission in September 2000 and moved to Manila, Philippines where he built a team of Filipino lawyers, social workers and investigators who took on cases involving the rape and prostitution of children. When the Philippines office transitioned to national leadership at the beginning of 2003, Mr. Litton assumed leadership of International Justice Mission’s ongoing work in Thailand, where he led the office’s work of bringing rescue to victims of sex trafficking and accountability under the law to traffickers. Mr. Litton next served as IJM’s Director of Operations for Southeast Asia and was responsible for developing casework strategies with local and national authorities that supported the enforcement of an array of national laws and international legal principles in the region. While working for IJM in Southeast Asia, Mr. Litton led and participated in investigations leading to the arrest and prosecution of over 50 suspected traffickers and rapists, and the rescue of over 200 women and children from sexual exploitation. As Senior Vice President of Field Operations, Mr. Litton currently directs IJM’s casework operations around the world in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, developing intervention strategies and advocating with local and national authorities.
Places you can find Sean…. www.ijm.org | @ijmhq
It Starts Small
Sean Litton shares personal stories from over a decade of working to bring rescue and restoration to victims of trafficking, accountability to traffickers, and the transformation of broken public justice systems. In this session, Sean will share how his experience has impacted him personally and the lessons that have helped him to sustain the effort over the long haul.
Bradley Myles currently serves as Polaris Project’s Executive Director and CEO. He has been working on combating the issue of human trafficking for the past ten years since 2002, and he is regarded as one of the leading advocates in the anti-trafficking field. In his current role at Polaris Project, he is responsible for over-seeing all the programmatic, financial, and operational areas of the organization, which includes a staff of 45 individuals, and an annual budget exceeding $3 million. Mr. Myles works on all areas of Polaris Project’s comprehensive approach to fighting human trafficking, including over-seeing the direct victims services efforts of local offices in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey, supervising the policy team’s advocacy initiatives at the Federal and state levels, and providing strategic oversight for Polaris Project’s operation of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline. 1-888-3737-888
Places you can find Brad…. www.polarisproject.org
New Innovations and Advances in the Fight against Human Trafficking in the U.S. and California
During this general session presentation, Brad will provide a broad overview of some of the latest trends in the phenomenon of human trafficking on a national scale. Drawing on the work of Polaris Project on the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Brad will also highlight some of the emerging forms of human trafficking based on an analysis of recent hotline calls and trends. Turning towards solutions, Brad will offer an analysis of new innovations and advances in the ways that anti-trafficking groups are taking the fight against trafficking to the next level. He will also show how these new innovations apply to efforts in California.
Betty Ann Boeving
Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC), Founder, Executive Director
Betty Ann Boeving is the founder of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Betty Ann has been leading, teaching, and speaking about community-based strategies to fight human trafficking since 2002. She worked for International Justice Mission from 2004-2007 and in 2006 climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise $45K to fight child trafficking. Betty Ann is entering her 14th season as “the voice” of the Stanford women’s basketball team. She holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon and her M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford, specializing in International Conflict Resolution. Betty Ann has led educational tours around the world to all seven continents and has visited over 80 countries.
Places you can find Betty Ann: www.baatc.org
Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC), Co-Founder, Director of Partnerships
Brian Wo lives in Santa Clara, CA with his wife Angela, and their two children, Ethan and Cassidy. He is the Director of Partnerships for the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition and has over sixteen years of vocational ministry experience, including twelve years as the Associate Pastor of Grace Community Covenant Church. A native of Phoenix, AZ, Brian studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked in the Aerospace industry before answering the call to vocational ministry. Brian holds a B.S. from UC Berkeley, and a M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Besides being an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, he plays jazz, loves running, and tinkers with his ’67 Mustang when he has spare time.
Hagar Cambodia’s Client Care Operations Manager
A brief visit to Cambodia in 2004 changed Sue Hanna’s life. Her heart was broken at a bedside vigil for a 16-year-old girl dying of AIDS. The girl had been sold to a brothel five years earlier by her own mother.
Outraged by the absolute waste of a young girl’s life, a passion was born in Sue’s heart. She moved from her home in New Zealand to serve Hagar Cambodia, where she has held key leadership positions for more than seven years. She was initially hired to develop Hagar’s program for girls (ages 4-14) from sexually-exploitative situations. She has been instrumental in developing key client care components of Hagar’s recovery model, known for doing whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to restore victims of trafficking and other devastating injustices. She currently serves as Hagar Cambodia’s Client Care Operations Manager, overseeing trauma recovery shelters, community-based living solutions, and the reintegration of survivors to mainstream society. If you’ve ever met Sue, you know that her enthusiasm and passion are palpable!
Places you can find Sue.... hagarusa.org |
@HagarIntl | FB Hagar International
Founder, Because Justice Matters
Places you can find Ruthie…. www.becausejusticematters.org
Ruthie Kim has been working in San Francisco’s inner city Tenderloin district as part of YWAM since 1999. Ruthie has broad experience working with women facing sexual exploitation, domestic violence, drug addiction and chronic homelessness, and has traveled extensively within Thailand, exploring urban outreach and aftercare models.
Ruthie founded Because Justice Matters in 2008, with a focus on reaching some of San Francisco’s most needy populations of women through outreach and spiritual support services. Ruthie and her team work with women who are victims of sexual exploitation and domestic violence, offering support to those experiencing isolation due to economic and cultural challenges. This involves street outreach, weekly manicure outreach, informal case management, spiritual care and referrals. Ruthie is particularly passionate about the need to provide genuine community for women who have never received aftercare and live with the trauma of their abuse.
Laugh Brand, CEO & Co-Founder
Laurie Wirgler is founder and CEO of Laugh Brand, a designer children’s apparel company giving 30% of its profits to fight child trafficking. Offering a variety of outfit options, Laugh is the first designer children’s brand built on a platform of giving back. As a 15-year executive veteran in the fashion industry, Laurie has overseen some of the largest and most prominent clothing lines for Gap, Old Navy, Disney Stores, Victoria’s Secret and Guess. Most recently, she served as the General Merchandise Manager overseeing all of Merchandising and Design for the Motherhood and Two Hearts brands. She is truly a lover of all things fashion with a successful track record for building some of the most well-known brands and product lines in the retail market.
One evening a friend shared a video with Laurie about child trafficking. She was so moved by the stories of these children that she had to see the problem for herself. She traveled to 3 countries in Southeast Asia with a team of experts and met with children who had been rescued from exploitation. Upon returning home, she knew she had to help these precious children. “I knew if this was my child, I would do everything in my power to rescue them. Why do these children deserve any less?” And so, Laugh was born. In January of 2012 Laurie left behind the corporate retail world and founded Laugh. Leaving a prestigious career might seem crazy, but that’s just the kind of unconventional thinking that is making Laugh such a success. Laurie speaks often on the subject of “using what you know to make a difference.” Laurie knows the fashion industry and she will leverage that expertise to give back and help children.
Laugh launched in October of 2012 and has gained tremendous support from both individuals passionate about children’s fashion as well as those dedicated to fighting human trafficking. Laurie lives in Southern California with her husband (and co-founder) Dave and their two young children.
Places you can find Laurie: www.shoplaughbrand.com
Department of Defense – Trafficking in Persons Program Office, Program Manager
Linda K. Dixon retired from the Army in November 2006 and immediately started her civil service career as an Intergovernmental Affairs Officer within the Defense Human Resources Activity, Policy Programs and Support. She is the Program Manager for implementing the Department of Defense’s program to combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) http://ctip.defense.gov/. Ms. Dixon is currently developing training modules that are based on realistic, military-related TIP scenarios. She is working with all the military services in establishing metrics for tracking TIP awareness training and understanding of TIP-related policy and programs. Ms. Dixon testified before congressional committees about the Department of Defense’s program to combat TIP. She is working with the Defense Acquisition Technology and Logistic office to address labor trafficking issues related to Defense contracting.
Ms. Dixon’s last duty assignment within the military was with to the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General (IG) as a Senior Program Analyst within the Inspections and Evaluations Directorate. During her tenure as an IG, Ms. Dixon assisted DoD with initiatives to combat trafficking in persons. She led an IG team on a worldwide evaluation of the DoD efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The team made several recommendations in the areas of coordination, training, policy, and metrics.
What is Trafficking In Persons (TIP)?
TIP is a worldwide problem posing a transnational threat involving violations of basic human rights. TIP is a leading source of profits for organized crime, together with drugs and weapons, generating billions of dollars. TIP affects virtually every country in the world. The Department of Defense has a zero tolerance policy for TIP.
Vicki S. Zito, RN, BSN, PHN
Mother, wife, victim advocate.
A Registered Nurse for 18 years. As a Nurse, a myriad of experience; Med-Surg, ER, ICU, Urgent/Emergent Care. Currently working in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine for the past 6 years. It is my mission, to change the way the Health Care professionals and first responders, treat survivors. In addition, to address the disparities that force the majority of the victims of this crime, to the streets. This is a Public Health issue and tremendous social injustice.
I am the mother of a trafficked victim. I speak out to raise awareness about the crime that is trafficking. I do so, because with every fiber of my being, I believe it is wrong for a child to be bought and sold, for sex. I have seen first hand the devastation this crime leaves in its wake. Unfortunately, I have also experienced an ill-equipped health care setting that was nowhere near prepared to treat my daughter when she was rescued.
Minh Dang is currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley pursuing a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on Community Mental Health. She is passionate about promoting the integration of individual and community healing.
A 2011 recipient of the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Public Service Award, Minh is a tireless advocate on behalf of vulnerable children and people worldwide. A true “love warrior,” as her friend calls her, Minh has traveled extensively telling her harrowing story of survival from child abuse and child sex trafficking.
Minh’s Story first reached the public domain in 2010 when MSNBC aired the ground-breaking documentary Sex Slaves in America. The report aired just three years after Minh’s daring escape and since that time she has courageously addressed thousands of concerned citizens to help prevent modern-day slavery in the United States.
In the six years leading up to her graduate study, Minh was a committed service-learning professional at the Cal Corps Public Service Center. She served as Program Coordinator for the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program, a program sponsored by the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation to promote campus-community involvement in low-income neighborhoods.
She has served on the Board of Directors for Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing (YEAH) and The Norma J. Morris Center for Healing. Minh has also led weekly Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) support groups for six years. She provides technical assistance and organizational consulting to local, state, and national service providers on human trafficking prevention, treatment, and abolition. She participates in public policy advances at the state and national level and is an active member of the National Survivor Network, hosted by the Coalition to Abolition Slavery and Trafficking (CAST).
In her spare time, Minh trains for half marathons, makes Vietnamese banh baos, and sings with her guitar-playing partner of almost seven years, UC Davis Neuroscience PhD student, Joshua Downer.
Follow Minh’s blog at www.dontsellbodies.org or on twitter @minhspeakstruth.
Leah Albright-Byrd was raised in San Francisco, CA; Adelphi, Maryland; and Calden, Germany. With a childhood marked by molestation, domestic abuse, and a family saturated in addiction, Leah eventually chose to run away from home at the age of 14 and it was during that time that she met a man who manipulated her into a life of addiction and sexual exploitation. While spending nearly four years on the streets, Leah experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, drug addiction and multiple arrests.
But the hand of God upon her and the plan He had for her life was greater than her trauma and her abusers. At the age of 18, she was won over to Christ through the love and grace shown to her by the woman she calls her spiritual mommy (Deanna Hurn). Leah eventually transferred to William Jessup University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Counseling Psychology in 2009.
Leah’s love for Christ and firsthand experience with radical redemption, has stirred a passion to reach other victims of sex-trafficking and she is devoted to encouraging others to fight on behalf of this fragile population. Leah’s ultimate life aspiration is publishing her memoir – Sunset to Sunset – to document Christ’s victories in her life. Additionally, she serves as the Executive Director of Bridget’s Dream in honor of Bridget Gray; a dear friend and victim of sex-trafficking who was murdered in Las Vegas in 2006. She won’t be satisfied until God gets complete glory out of her life and others can see that she has come this far by grace. Leah’s message is one of Hope, Tenacity, Victory, and most importantly Love – which we all know, NEVER fails.
Beth Grant is co-founder and director of Project Rescue, a fifteen-year initiative to survivors of sexual slavery in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Moldova, Spain and Tajikistan. Project Rescue initiatives include HIV/AID’s clinics, after-school programs, literacy training, vocational training, and twelve aftercare homes.
Beth travels extensively as an international spokesperson regarding the issues of sexual exploitation and the value of the girl child. She is a passionate proponent for the responsible engagement of people of faith to bring hope and healing to survivors of sexual exploitation. As a steering committee member of the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking, Beth co-edited Hands That Heal (2007), an international curriculum to train caregivers of trafficking survivors that is currently translated into eight languages.
Beth completed a Ph.D. in Intercultural Education from Biola University School of Intercultural Studies in Los Angeles,CA.
Harbor Light Church, Senior Pastor
Terry Inman is a pastor who cares deeply for people and has a shepherd’s heart which is evident in the way he communicates the gospel. He has been pastoring since 1970 and has been the Senior Pastor at Harbor Light since 1996. He has pastored in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of his career. Pastor Terry feels called to minister to people and churches; helping guide these vessels out of stormy waters and into safe harbor in Christ. Pastor Terry and his wife Mary have 7 sons and over 20 grandchildren. He enjoys photography, nature and daily walks with his dog.