Southern California Human Trafficking Speakers

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Susan Patterson

Susan Patterson is a national leader in the fight against human trafficking and author of the book “How You Can Fight Human Trafficking, Over 100 Ways to Make a Difference” which has been acclaimed by anti-Human Trafficking advocates nationwide to be one of the best resources out there because it is practical. Her book has also been recommended by the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops to Catholic communities. Her main focus is working with faith communities to facilitate them in taking action in what God has called them to do. She is a dynamic speaker and speaks to thousands every year about the dynamics behind Human Trafficking in such a way that the path becomes clear as to where one can use one’s gifts and talents to join the fight.  In 2018 her latest endeavor, SoCal Faith Coalitions Against Human Trafficking, engaged over 200 leaders from faith communities to take action in the fight.  She speaks at conferences or for groups of at least 50 people. You can reach her at ucanfightht@outlook.com.  She will accept whatever stipend your church or organizations offers.  

Survivor Speakers

The best way to find a survivor speaker is to contact organization that work with survivors and local task forces.  For Los Angeles, you can contact:

The Los Angeles Regional Task Force- http://lahumantrafficking.com/

Journey Out - https://journeyout.org/

CASTLA -  https://www.castla.org/

Treasures - http://iamatreasure.com/  

For the Orange County Task Force: (https://www.egovlink.com/ochumantrafficking/)    

For the rest of the counties, you can contact the speaker groups there who can give you information. 

Los Angeles Speakers

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Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force

The task force has a speaker's bureau that will educate your community on what human trafficking is, how to recognize victims and when to call the police.   You can reach them through their website at www.lahumantrafficking.com

Ana Gomez

Ana Gomez- Long Beach, South Bay and West LA.  Ana is a passionate advocate in the fight against human trafficking.  Her presentations cover how parents can protect their children from becoming victims and what we as a faith community can do to prevent this crime.  Her teen presentations encourage teens to raise awareness among their peers to prevent exploitation. Ana is a Master Catechist for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and has spoken at the Regionals Religious Education Congresses, as well as High Schools and churches throughout Los Angeles. Ana can provide workshops in both Spanish and English. You can reach her at analucreciagomez@aol.com  

Reyna Reynosa

Reyna Reynoso-East L.A. and the South Los Angeles county.  Reyna is a dynamic speaker who is committed to making a difference with her audience.  Her presentations teach parents how they can protect their children from becoming victims and she encourages teens to raise awareness among their peers to prevent exploitation. Reyna is a speaker volunteer for the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, has a certificate from Journey Out as a Human Trafficking advocate and a certificate as a Domestic Violence Counselor from Casa De La Familia.  Reyna can provide workshops in both Spanish and English. You can reach her at reynareynoso@yahoo.com.    

Patrick Erlandson

Patrick Erlandson - Los Angeles. Patrick is committed to empowering men to be leaders in the fight against human trafficking and educates them on what it will take to reduce demand for victims.  He is also committed to empowering men to be fathers.  Studies show that lack of a loving father figure makes young girls more vulnerable to becoming trafficking victims.  Out of his commitment to empowering men to be fathers, Patrick created the first Father Con for the Los Angeles area. He is a very knowledegable speaker regarding human trafficking and can speak on many aspects of this issue to any faith community or organization.  Patrick will accept whatever stipend your church or organization offers. You can reach him at Patrick.unhcr@gmail.com

Every ONE Free

Every ONE Free - Pomona Valley. Every One Free is a ministry of Purpose church which is a faith-based community group dedicated to eliminating human trafficking in Pomona and the Inland Valley by raising awareness, preventing exploitation and serving survivors. They conduct human trafficking prevention education presentations to adolescents in schools and churches, and awareness presentations in the community covering basic information on human trafficking in the United States. To request a speaker, please contact Shawna Cheesum at shawna@everyonefree.org 

Marie Edwards

Sr. Maria Louise Edwards CSSF-  Pomona and San Gabriel Valley.  Maria has spoken nationally to raise awareness on human trafficking. Maria has been a member of the Felician Franciscan Sister for seven years. She currently ministers to people who are homeless, marginalized and those who struggle with mental illness in Pomona CA. She was part of a domestic violence crisis response team for several years, served with Unbound Deliverance Ministry in Poland and Slovenia, and is currently collaborating with EveryONE Free to end Human Trafficking in the San Gabriel Valley. She is also a certified Human Trafficking Case Manager.  You can reach her at smarialouise@feliciansisters.org

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Fr. Rev. Gary

Rev. Father Gary Kyriacou- Ventura County. Rev. Gary serves Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, located in Ventura county. Father Gary also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Folk Dance and Choral Festival. He has devoted countless hours leading this ministry where he excels at gathering the youth of the Metropolis and sharing with them the importance of faith and the Greek Orthodox culture. Father Gary understands our youth which makes him an excellent speaker in teaching youth all the ways predators and human traffickers try to trick them. His presentation also includes age appropriate ways for the youth to engage in raising awareness to their peers of the danger of human trafficking. You can reach him at frgaryk@saintdem.org

Gloria Salas

Gloria Salas -  Burbank and the San Fernando Valley. Gloria is President of the Zonta Club of Burbank and a member of its Service and Advocacy committees. Zonta International is a 100-year old organization whose mission is to support and empower women through its advocacy and service projects and has been involved in the fight against human trafficking since 2002. Gloria is the Advocacy Chairperson for Zonta District 9 and travels to Sacramento and Washington D.C. to advocate before state representatives on peace and justice issues that affect women and children. Ms. Salas is entering her 2nd year as  moderator of her parish’s Peace & Justice Ministry. You can reach Gloria at ggortarisalas@gmail.com

Dr. Katarina Rosenblatt

Dr. Katarina Rosenblatt, LL.M, PhD is a sought after speaker, author, and federal consultant in both domestic violence and human trafficking. She has a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution and works closely with law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI and Homeland Security, to eliminate human slavery. Dr. Kat is the only known survivor of sex trafficking to be inducted into the National Museum of Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Kat is also the founder of There is H.O.P.E. for Me which reaches out to help survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. The main purpose of this organization is to conduct outreach to and be a resource for survivors and their families. You can reach her at  info@drkat.net

Treasures

HARMONY

As a sex-industry overcomer, Harmony (Dust) Grillo founded Treasures, a faith-based, survivor-led outreach and support group to women in the sex industry and victims of sex trafficking in 2003. Harmony is passionate about assisting women in their journey of healing and transformation. Using a combination of personal story, biblical insights and evidence-based theories, she sheds light on the impact a “pornified” culture has on the people who live in it. She completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work at UCLA before going on to work as a Children’s Social Worker at the Department of Children Services. In 2007, she received the Dorothy F. Kirby Outstanding Youth Social Worker Award from the National Associate of Social Workers. You can reach Harmony at  info@iamatreasure.com
 

                                 
MONIQUE
Monique is born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her dream of being an actress led her to live the Hollywood life, and before she knew it, her flexible and fun job as a Go-Go Dancer led to her working as a Party Stripper. Her party hard lifestyle led her in jail facing possible attempted murder charges and prison. Miraculously, she was released of the charges and joined Treasures care program. Monique now leads Treasures Support Group and leads national trainings on human trafficking ad exploitation. She also had the honor of being invited to do a TedTalk on Self-worth, which you can watch here.   You can reach Monique at info@iamatreasure.com

 

Speakers for the Black Community

Rev. Rayford Owens- Rev. Owens has been working in the black community on anti-human trafficking efforts for over 15 years.  His work as a deputy sheriff gives him insight into this issue from several perspectives.  He is excellent at educating his audiences regarding the dynamics of this issue, how we protect our youth and the power of God in restoring His people. Rev. Owens is a powerful speaker and you can reach him at raowens@lasd.org 


Ken Henry - Ken’s passion for the issue of human trafficking led him to join forces with a group of eight people to start the Compton Human Trafficking Task Force. Under Ken’s leadership, that task force is growing exponentially. One of his projects is the mentoring of young African American youth in poor areas as the human traffickers are actively recruiting these youth to become recruiters and future pimps. Ken connects well with youth, especially given he is a performer, entertainer and professional recording artist. His mentoring program stresses being “trauma informed” as special skills are needed to work with youth who grow up in violent communities.  Ken is a Sociologist, Life Coach, and Mentor Guru and is skilled in helping teens and adults heal from trauma and lead purposeful lives. He also specializes in teaching Cultural Competency of the Black experience in America. You can reach Ken Henry at ken@tiktokservices.org

Orange County Speakers

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Live2Free - Speakers for Youth

Live2Free is a student mobilization group at Vanguard University that supports and trains college youth to raise awareness among Orange County students on the issue of modern-day slavery. Live2Free exists to challenge a generation to make personal choices that recognize the dignity of the individual and the responsibility of consumers to slow the demand that drives modern day slavery. https://www.vanguard.edu/research/gcwj/live2free

LeeDelle Kasper

Beacon4Victims is LeeDelle’s ministry with a mission to bringing awareness to Human Trafficking and provide steps to to mobilize one to take action.  LeeDelle co-founded the Human Trafficking Awareness ministry at Refuge Calvary Chapel, Huntington Beach and would like to help you start a ministry of your own at your church so YOU can bring awareness.  She will work with you to identify what YOU can do as an individual, church, community or organization to fight Human Trafficking.  You can reach LeeDelle at beacon4victims@gmail.com 

Dr. Katariina Rosenblatt

Dr. Katarina Rosenblatt, LL.M, PhD is a sought after speaker, author, and federal consultant in both domestic violence and human trafficking. She has a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution and works closely with law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI and Homeland Security, to eliminate human slavery. Dr. Kat is the only known survivor of sex trafficking to be inducted into the National Museum of Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Kat is also the founder of There is H.O.P.E. for Me which reaches out to help survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. The main purpose of this organization is to conduct outreach to and be a resource for survivors and their families. You can reach her at  

Riverside Speakers

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Million Kids

Million Kids serves as the Training and Outreach Coordinator for the Riverside County Anti Human Trafficking Task Force and works with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department through a Department of Justice Grant.  To find where their trainings and talks are happening, you can find their calendar here: https://www.millionkids.org/calendar.html To request a speaker please email them at info@millionkids.org

Lisanne Grey

Lisanne Grey-Inland Empire. Lisanne is a human trafficking survivor, a captivating speaker, State Certified Human Trafficking Case Manager, and community leader. She works for the San Bernardino County Behavioral Health as a Clinic Assistant for Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Services. Lisanne offers educational presentations about human trafficking, internet safety for parents and teens. She is in ministry with Heart 2 Serve Inc. as Intake Coordinator/Case Manager for women in transition from homelessness, substance use disorders, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. She also works with Pearls, a ministry that does outreach to ladies at the local Inland Empire strip clubs.  You can reach Lisanne at lisanne4jesus@gmail.com

San Bernardino Speakers

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CASE - Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation

Case provides many trainings and does have speakers who will come speak to your church of organization.  To find their events, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/o/san-bernardino-county-coalition-against-sexual-exploitation-1423377381 To request a speaker, please email Angel 


Lisanne Grey

Lisanne Grey is a human trafficking survivor, a captivating speaker, State Certified Human Trafficking Case Manager, and community leader. She works for the San Bernardino County Behavioral Health as a Clinic Assistant for Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Services. Lisanne offers educational presentations about human trafficking, internet safety for parents and teens. She is in ministry with Heart 2 Serve Inc. as Intake Coordinator/Case Manager for women in transition from homelessness, substance use disorders, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. She also works with Pearls, a ministry that does outreach to ladies at the local Inland Empire strip clubs. You can reach Lisanne at lisanne4jesus@gmail.com

San Diego Speakers

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Churches Against Trafficking

To request a speaker for your faith community, you can go to the website and make your request through the contact page.  https://www.churchesagainsttrafficking.com/