Please join us for an eye-opening panel discussion on sex trafficking of United States citizens. Speakers include a former CIA operative who has rescued Americans trafficked abroad and a survivor of sex trafficking from Washington, D.C.
The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 22 in the Conference Rooms of the National Press Club.
Mary David has been an anti-human trafficking advocate at the local, state, national, and international level. She is the former Deputy Chair of public awareness for the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force. David has also conducted state-wide trainings and outreach for first responders and at risk youth. She helped to draft some of the first laws in Maryland against human trafficking. David works with advocates across the country to raise awareness about the modern slave trade.
Stacy Jewell Lewis was raised in the DC metropolitan area, and at the age of nineteen, she was abducted into world of sex trafficking. Stacy’s powerful dramatizations have helped organizations such as the Department of Justice, Shared Hope International, The Araminta Freedom Initiative, and The Baltimore FBI Special Task Force assist in the escape of numerous sex trafficking survivors such as herself.
Bazzel Baz is the Founder and Operations Commander for ARC, the Association for the Recovery of Children. Arc is a non-profit organization dedicated to recovering missing and exploited children, both foreign and domestic. A former Marine and CIA officer with experience in hostage rescue, Baz is also the recipient of the Nation's Intelligence Commendation Medal.
Heidi Alvarez is a case manager in the client services department at Polaris Project, one of the leading organizations in the fight against slavery. Alvarez provides holistic and comprehensive case management to survivors of human trafficking. These services include crisis intervention, emotional support, accompaniment and safety planning.
When & Where
The National Press Club
The National Press Club, a private club for journalists and communications professionals, has been a Washington institution for more than a century. It is also a world-class conference and meeting facility that hosts thousands of events each year for sophisticated clients from around the globe. And while these are the Club’s functions, its mission is to be The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists. It is a social and business organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism.