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Sex slavery is real and it's happening in our communities. Just this December there was a minor being prostituted against her will across the street from University at Buffalo North Campus. So please come join us and help our community become aware of such an important issue!
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9:00 am | Registration, "Made-by-survivors" boutique, and Free Breakfast
10:30 am | Honorary Speakers
12:30 pm | 3km Freedom Walk
Anna Beard | Survivor advocate & human trafficking consultant. Beard will be joining us from North Carolina.
Originally from Kolkata, India, Anna Beard was adopted into an American family and raised in North Carolina. Throughout her life, she faced extreme sexual and physical abuse, eating issues and severe abandonment. She is also a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST). Anna is a graduate of Mercy Ministries, a free of charge Christian residential program that assists young women with life-controlling issues. At Mercy Anna allowed God to restore her soul. She is on fire for God! As a survivor advocate, Anna is active as a consultant who assists various organizations throughout the country as they develop their own programs to help survivors of sex trafficking.
A powerful public speaker, Anna gave the keynote address at the Restore One Banquet in Greenville, NC. Anna also spoke at the Trafficking in America Task Force (TIATF) Conference in Nashville, TN. She also was a guest speaker for Children At Risk’s Accolades Luncheon in Houston, TX. Anna also serves on the Advisory Board and Policy Advocate for Forsaken Generation. Along with serving as the keynote speaker for the Richmond Justice Initiative's "Trade of Innocents" screening , Anna also lobbied for anti-human trafficking bills at the Virginia General Assembly. Anna also served as a panel speaker for the North Carolina Coalition of Sexual Assault symposium "It's Happening to a Girl Near You" in Fayettville, NC.
Anna's story was also televised internationally on Univision’s show Primer Impacto, Her story was also featured in The Salvation Army's "Young Salvationist" Magazine. Anna's story has also been featured on several websites such as: "Redemption Ridge" in Oregon and "In the Booth with Ruth" in the United Kingdom.
Anna has served as the Community Relations Director for On Eagle’s Wings Ministries Fields of Hope Program branch in Miami Beach, FL. She recently enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to complete her B.A .in Sociology. Although she misses working in abolition full time, she is excited to further her education. She is humbled by God’s Grace and Mercy during her healing process. Most of all, she is just glad to be FREE! Follow Anna on TWITTER and FACEBOOK!
Randy Phipps | Executive committee member and director of public relations for [free-them], based in Southern Ontario, Canada.
Randy Phipps joined the [free-them] team in 2010 shortly after the organization was founded. He is a member of the executive committee and deals with television, print, online and social media. [Free-Them], a Toronto based organization led by founder, Shae Invidiata have worked collectively with front line support, law enforcement and politicians to raise awareness about the global crisis of human trafficking. Randy has been been the lead in our celebrity relations which has garnered support from local and international entertainers to bring awareness to human trafficking within and outside of our borders. To date [Free-Them] has raised over $120,000 in funds to help human trafficking survivors in Canada and abroad. Their recent collaborative efforts have brought forth change by helping to amend two criminal codes in Canada that will prosecute traffickers and seek justice for victims. Recently [free-them] has has partnered with International organizations, The Somaly Mam Foundation and IJM Canada to expand their efforts to help victims on a global scale.
ONLINE | www.freethem.ca
Kerry Battenfeld | Victim services community educator/advocate with International Insitute of Buffalo. Joining us from Buffalo, New York.
Kerry Battenfeld is the Community Educator and Advocate with the Trafficking Victim Services Program at the International Institute of Buffalo. As such, she provides direct services to survivors of trafficking and educates local stakeholders on how to identify and work with trafficking survivors. She is also the Upstate New York Regional Coordinator for the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium (NTAC). NTAC is a regional network of service providers that work with foreign-born survivors of human trafficking. As Regional Coordinator, Ms. Battenfeld provides training and technical assistance to NTAC providers across New York State.
Renan Salgado | 13 years Human trafficking specialist with the Worker Justice Center of New York.
Renan Salgado was born in Ecuador and migrated to the United States in 1984. He received a B.A. degree in Creative Writing from Binghamton University and began working with Farmworker Legal Services of New York (now called Worker Justice Center of NY) in January 1st, 2000. Renan has been investigating cases of human trafficking and assisting in rescuing victims for 13 years. He has been a founding member of 4 regional anti-Trafficking Taskforces throughout NY, and one in Atlantic City, NJ. Since 2005 Renan has been training state, local, federal, and international law enforcement as well as victim service providers and community leaders. He has been a panelist and a speaker at various National and International Human Trafficing Conferences.
I plan to speak on how slavery is not only still very much alive, but also how it happens to be the foundation of our economy and why labor trafficking is given less attention to than sex trafficking. In addition, I want to focus on agriculture and slavery as being inseparabel throughout the history of this country and other industrialized nations.
Deputy Elizabeth Fildes | State department envoy to Africa to speak on human trafficking issues and Police officer of the Year Award, Erie County 2012.
Deputy Elizabeth Fildes has been a Spanish Speaking Deputy Sheriff for 30 years. She
has worked in the Erie County Holding Center, City Court and the County Court. While
working for the Sheriff’s Office, she has worked as an Elementary Bilingual School
Teacher and has worked with at-risk students and the refugee population at Grover
Cleveland High School. While completing her Masters Degree in International Business
Management, deputy Fildes worked in career services at D’Youville College, assisting
college students with internships and resumes. Presently, Deputy Fildes has been
assigned as the Program Director of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking
Task Force, where she will train law enforcement officers in the Western New York
District, as well as assisting in the interview process of potential victims. She is also
member of the NYS DCJS Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Interagency Task Force
on Human Trafficking. Deputy Fildes has been deemed an expert on the topic of human
trafficking by the U.S. State Department and has trained government, law enforcement,
non government organizations and media in Guatemala, Ecuador and Africa.
Deputy Elizabeth Fildes is a recipient of Minnie Gillette and Joan Bozer Achievement
Award in recognition of her contribution towards the empowerment of women 2010. In
October of 2011 Deputy Fildes received the Anne Lum Award from D’Youville College
for her service to her college and community. In April 2012 Deputy Fildes received
an Award for her Humanitarian efforts from Daemen College from the Sociology
Department along with 2012 Police Officer of the Year by Erie County Bar Association
for her dedicated work in her community. Deputy Elizabeth Fildes is a founder of United
Hands of Hope House were all proceeds will go to developing a safe house for Domestic
Victims in the Western District of New York.
Darlene Volmy | Miss. New York 2010
Joanne Lorenzo | Co - Founder/Director Lighthouse International Ministries
Joanne Lorenzo has been serving in the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y. for 18 years.
Joanne started as the supervisor at Community Missions Inc., soup kitchen and food pantry. She was known for her gentle ways and was always helping with food and other needs the poor of the city requested.
Miss Lorenzo has reached out to women on the streets for years before by distributing literature and giving them hope and prayer. Joanne Lorenzo left the mission to embark on a ministry of her own called, “The Magdalene Project,” a ministry for women involved in the “trap” of human trafficking. Miss Lorenzo saw the needs among the ladies and started a coffeehouse called, “The Rose Café.” Ladies of all walks of life can come in to receive a hot meal and hear stories about others who have left their lives of prostitution and drug addiction.She reaches out with a street ministry every week and delivers food, clothing, roses, and toiletries to people on the streets.
Miss Lorenzo also meets the needs of the people right on the streets. Children always receive a small toy and/or a hug and prayers for themselves and their families. Men receive food and clothing and women toiletries and roses. The Magdalene Project Ministry also has a children’s program called, Kidz Club. Children from ages 4 – 12 are ministered to and receive a snack and have fun with sports, music, art, cooking and learn life lessons. Kidz Club is Miss Lorenzo’s heart. She says, “We need to speak life into the children. Some of their little souls will never hear an encouraging word.
Miss Lorenzo also runs a mobile food pantry that delivers food to the homeless/low income and elderly people in the city of Niagara Falls. She oversees a soup kitchen along with Niagara University at St. Georges Church. Miss Lorenzo has received many awards such as: The Paul Harris Rotary Award, the Systemic Change Award from Niagara University, YWCA Women of Excellence Award, The Zonta Club Award, and The Spirit of Martin Luther King Award. She is a member of the Human Rights Commission in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Who is sponsoring this event?
All of the donations and funding to hold this event are obtained through individual donations. Sponsors are providing food. Members of Bloggers Against Social Injustice on the University at Buffalo campus are collaborating with other undergraduates to organize UB's FIRST EVER human trafficing awareness walk!
What will my donation benefit?
Online donations will benefit P.A.T.H of Western New York's new scholarship fund, helping fund education and transportation of rescued victims in the Western New York area.
Day-of donations will benefit [free-them], assisting the rescue and rehabilitation of human trafficking victims in the Southern Ontario area.
Who can I make a check donation to?
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No age requirement, bring your friends and family! Bring your whole neighborhood!
I want to be the captain of a team... how do I do that?
How ambitious! Please check out our Team Fundraising Package. CLICK HERE.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Park for free at any parking lot on the University at Buffalo north campus. CLICK HERE for the campus map!
What can/can't I bring to the event?
WEAR TEAL or Purple! Bring your donations and passion for freedom!
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, there will be registration the day of the event for pre-registered attendees.