Fighting For Freedom Symposium
Saturday, October 20, 2018
- Rebekah Charleston – Survivor Leader, Executive Director of Valiant Hearts
- Kristin McWilliams – Thistle Farms Magdalene Program
- Kimberly Stevens – Thistle Farms Magdalene Program
- Dr. Vanessa Bouche’, Moderator
- Kristen Howell, CEO, Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County
- Carrie Wright, Director High Risk Victims, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
- Catherine De La Paz, Detective, Dallas Police Department
- George Lynch, Moderator, CEO, Traffick911
-Human Trafficking Artifacts Exhibit - Parlor
What was this Symposium about?
This free community event brought together national, regional, and local experts in the field of human trafficking to provide information on research, law enforcement, and legislative fronts. A panel of human trafficking survivors provided a unique perspective into this horrific crime and the individual and community trauma caused by its existence. The Right Reverend George Sumner helped to kick off our symposium, with Saint Michael Rector, The Reverend Dr. Chris Girata. A key speaker during the day was The Reverend Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, an organization globally known for its work to heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.
In addition to our speakers, many member agencies of The North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking were in attendance to share information, answer questions, and show you how to get involved in fighting human trafficking.
In the Saint Michael Parlor, an Artifacts of Human Trafficking art exhibition was on display that conveys many survivor stories and illustrates the pain and suffering inflicted on trafficking victims.