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A Call to Action Coalition Summit

Event Wrap-Up

On February 26, 2020, Northwest Kansas City hosted a half day event with over a dozen higher education organizations to bring attention to human trafficking. Homeland Security Investigations presented definitions and data related to human trafficking along with the process that occurs when a survivor is identified. The Justice Project presented best practices for supporting survivors. The Stop Trafficking Project presented signs to look for to identify human trafficking as well as their efforts related to ending this form of modern day slavery.

We discussed the next steps to changing the perception of how survivors of human trafficking are viewed, and how higher ed should play a role by incorporating campus-wide best practices as well as curriculum into all disciplines to know how to identify a victim, and what subsequent actions are appropriate. The next forum was scheduled for the end of April, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our momentum continues, however. The next step includes an email campaign with a series of videos that will be disseminated within higher ed to reflect and move forward with the messages learned in February. Then, with the hope that the pandemic has subsided, we will host a second forum in the fall to hear best practices from other institutions and what we can do in the KC Metro Area to put some of those best practices in place.

Objective

Bring awareness to the gap that exists in higher education as it relates to human trafficking and the need to integrate this type of education within all disciplines to prevent, recognize, report, and assist human trafficking victims and survivors.

Presenters

Tereasa BrownTereasa Brown
Homeland Security Investigations

Ms. Tereasa Brown is the Victim Assistance Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She works with victims of human trafficking, human smuggling and child exploitation. Prior to working for ICE, she served as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base Japan from Dec 2013 – Dec 2016. Ms. Brown is a 2008 graduate of Methodist University with a bachelor’s in social work.  She has served as a victim advocate at FT. Bragg, NC, FT. Sill, OK and FT. Campbell, KY where she later was promoted as the Victim Advocate Program Manager. Ms. Brown served 10yrs in the Army and entered active duty in1993 as an enlisted member. She was an Avionics Mechanic and served one tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, she’s a Pastor has 5 children and one grandchild. 

Ms. Brown became a North Carolina State Certified Mediator in 2008 and a Tennessee State Certified Nursing Assistant in 2013. She’s also nationally certified in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault through the National Office of Victims Assistance (NOVA) and she’s certified as a Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Specialist Level II through the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT). Certified Child Physical/Sexual Abuse Specialist through (IVAT) and Certified as a Trauma-Informed Specialist Victim Advocate through (IVAT).  Ms. Brown is a published author of five books: “On Your Best Day You’re Well Enough To Die”, “Don’t Love Me To Death: When Teenage Dating Becomes Deadly”, and “The Lord Is Speaking, But You Might Not Like What He’s Saying”, Woman2Woman: A Conversation Between Friends, and “Keeping It Real: The Different Masks We Wear In The Church.


September TribleSeptember Trible
Stop Trafficking Project

September is a wife, mother, and former KC business owner. She has been formally engaged in the battle to prevent, heal and reduce sex trafficking since 2011. As a visionary leader and survivor of DMST, September's mission is to see youth, parents, caring adults, and community leaders become educated and empowered to prevent this horrific crime. As a Certified BeAlert Presenter with the Stop Trafficking Project, she pours out her passion for prevention and early identification to help our kids have safer futures!! September is a committed victim advocate who is a former foster parent and certified foster care trainer. She served for 3+ years as the Executive Director for a residential program that provides long-term recovery services for adult survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. September and her husband Scott have a blended family consisting of 9 children and are currently blessed with 10 beautiful grandchildren.


Kris WadeKris Wade
The Justice Project KC

Kris Wade is currently the executive director of the Justice Project KC, a nonprofit human rights organization in Kansas City, Missouri, providing advocacy, system navigation, and survivor support for women in poverty suffering from a host of challenges, including homelessness, domestic violence, mental illness, addiction, prostitution, or other forms of sexual abuse, exploitation/ and human trafficking. Kris is a member of the community advisory board of the Missouri Reentry Program of Missouri Probation and Parole, a member of the US Dept of Justice Coalition Against Human Trafficking, an Appointee to the Human Trafficking Task Force of the Missouri Attorney General's Office and Kansas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board, and a member of the Family Court of Jackson County Juvenile Division Advocacy and Mentoring Program. Kris is an author of “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Independence and Kansas City, Missouri,” (2008) published by Shared Hope International and the United States Department of Justice and has been is guest lecturer at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Mo., Fontbonne University St Louis, Mo.; Contributing panelist on human trafficking at the United Nations Commission on Women. Kris received a BA in Criminal Justice, Criminology and Sociology at Emporia State University and the University of Missouri Kansas City. Kris is a survivor of a number of crimes against women. Kris can be reached at 816.769.3307.


Russ TuttleRuss Tuttle
The Stop Trafficking Project

Russ is the President and Founder of The Stop Trafficking Project. Russ’ primary strengths are communication, leadership, team development, and compassion.

Russ is currently using his strengths to bring awareness to the crisis of human trafficking through The Stop Trafficking Project, which includes serving as the director for BeAlert and as a founding board member for Kansas City Street Hope.

BeAlert is the awareness and prevention strategy of The Stop Trafficking Project. The primary method of implementation is through presentations designed to 1) educate and empower students and 2) guide adults from awareness to action. A commitment to collaborate allows for presentations that provide insight into ‘the problem’ of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and at the same time offer effective ‘solutions’. These presentations have impact in a variety of settings.

Sponsors

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For questions, additional details, or other concerns, please contact Rebecca Lobina at either 816.364.4105 or lobina@nwmissouri.edu