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  2019 Conference Keynote Speaker  


    How to Help Motivate Survivors of Human Trafficking to Move Past Their Past   

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“How to Help Motivate Survivors of Human Trafficking to Move Past Their Past”

Learning how effectively assist in the healing of human trafficking survivors is a very important and careful process.

At the forefront of providing victim services, professionals should promote safety, healing, justice, and rights for human trafficking victims. There are many difficult issues to address with the victim that require careful consideration to the fragility of the victim and how their experience has impacted them,as well as being educated in knowing how and when a victim may need to be referred out for very specialized care.

This Keynote session will discuss the realities of what you need to know to help empower victims of human trafficking, and bring them to a point where they are able to participate in efforts to bring traffickers to justice.

   About the Keynote Speakers  

Theresa Flores

Human Trafficking Survivor, Best Selling Author, Victim’s Advocate, Founder of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), Consultant.

Ms. Flores has been a licensed Social Worker for over twenty years. She received a Master’s in Counseling Education from University of Dayton and a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Ball State University.
Ms. Flores was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission in 2009 and has testified before the Ohio House and Senate in supports of Human Trafficking Legislation. Her efforts were a major part of the success of these bills being passed into laws. Additionally, the “Theresa Flores Law” was passed in Michigan that eliminates the statute of limitation for children who have been trafficked.

Ms. Flores is a survivor of domestic child sex trafficking and was sold in an underground crime ring in an upper middle class suburb outside Detroit from the time she was 15-17 years old. She now works with other survivors and is the Assistant Investigator with Global Centurion researching the mental and physical health problems of over 200 domestic trafficking survivors. The study entitled, “The Health Consequences of Human Trafficking” will provide best practices and systemic recommendations for health care providers.

She has received many awards including the University of Dayton’s Alumni Association 2013 Christian Service Award for her work with S.O.A.P. In January 2012 at the State of the State Address, Ms. Flores received The Courage Award from Ohio Governor Kasich for her work in human trafficking.

Ms. Flores was featured by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum in a traveling exhibit entitled, Invisible Slavery and has published four books, “The Sacred Bath” and “The Slave Across the Street” (in the UK and US) and “Slavery in the Land of the Free- a Student’s Guide to Modern Day Slavery”. The audio version of her memoir was nominated for The 2011 Audie Award, being in the top 5 of all memoirs and biographies and also has been on the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Seller list for e-books several times.

Ms. Flores was the featured in a short documentary, “The Girl Next Door”, which has won many awards at film festivals all across the U.S. 

Her story has been seen on The Today Show, MSNBC: “Sex Slaves-The Teen Trade”, the 700 Club, CNN/HLN, Glenn Beck’s “For the Record” as well as many local and national radio shows. Her national rescue mission- S.O.A.P. has been featured on Dateline, Nightline and America’s Most Wanted.

 

Lennie Alcorn

Lennie Alcorn has worked for 22+ years as a Parole Agent in the State of Michigan working with high risk offenders.  She possesses an LLPC, MAC, CSOTS and MPC.

She is specialized through the National Association of Forensic Counselors to provide assessments and counseling to adult and juvenile sex offenders. She is BISCMI certified, specializing in assessment and treatment of Domestic Violence perpetrators as well as victims.

Lennie also has experience in assessing and treating substance abuse clients. Combining her Domestic Violence, trauma and Human Trafficking training she has counseled many survivors and has been a public speaker nationally, internationally and locally regarding human trafficking and treatment for survivors. 

She has been essential in forming the first local Human Trafficking Response Team in Monroe County, Michigan.  She has developed law enforcement as well as trainings and conferences in Human Trafficking. She has also formed the first SOAP survivor support group, assisted in the development of the SOAP “john school” and volunteering most of her time towards her passion to make everyone aware of the dangers of Human Trafficking regarding survivors, traffickers and “johns.”

 

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