Monterey County Human Trafficking Task Force and YWCA Monterey County
present this unique learning experience from five subject matter experts.
Date and time
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Welcome to Human Trafficking, a Survivor’s Perspective-From Awareness to Action.
- Each panelist carries a different focus area within HT and CSEC. They will discuss recruitment, vulnerabilities before and after exploitation, effects on mental health during and after the life, different aspects in the recovery process and highlight how community providers can better assist and support survivors plus recommendations for preferred policies around trafficking.
MEET OUR PANELISTS:
Amanda Moon Ellevis is a survivor of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Her heart for the exploited stems from her unique vulnerabilities as a young musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as her experience being homeless. Amanda serves on the grant writing team at Alabaster Jar Project* and assists with marketing, public relations, and fundraising. Amanda is the author of “Rebuild and Thrive”, a book written for survivors of sexual exploitation to help guide them out of the life of exploitation and trafficking.
Jessica Kim, MSW is an advocate, speaker, and educator for domestic and international anti-trafficking initiatives, specializing in Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) of youth and the immigrant populations for over a decade. She is a survivor of international and domestic sex trafficking, a Mexican immigrant, and a member of the California Child Welfare Council’s CSEC Action Team Advisory Board– a board specializing in improving policy and practice to support young people impacted by CSE and their families
Maresha Morrow is a survivor of sex trafficking and other forms of exploitation. She uses her experience in her work with survivors at a local shelter aiding in addiction recovery groups as a group facilitator and peer mentor. She informs the community in response and protocol working with survivors who struggle with addiction and trauma during recovery. She is currently working to become a drug and alcohol counselor.
Marjorie Saylor, Client Services Director at Alabaster Jar Project*, Advocate and Survivor Leader. Marjorie has worked with AJP since the beginning. She facilitates our Peer Support Group, provides and implements programming for our clients, screens new clients and residents as well as mentors and provide intensive case management.
Keelin Washington is a lived experience expert, advocate, and public speaker in the field of human sex trafficking. Her dynamic work includes designing societal reintegration programming for survivors, including therapy, court advocacy, and career and educational readiness for GenerateHope’s safe houses. She has internationally educated and encouraged law enforcement, industry leaders, churches, and higher education institutions, including – Shared Hope International, the University of San Diego, and The Rock Church. You can also find Keelin sharing her story and expertise in the documentaries “It’s Happening Right Here” and soon-to-be-released “The Journey” and speaking to the award-winning “The Washington Times Podcast.”
Join Us on January 27, 2023 1:00 PM-5:00PM
*Finding that San Diego is the 8th largest city in the U.S. with the issue of Human Trafficking and that there were limited resources for survivors, co-founders Susan Johnson, Nate Alcorn and Kyle Moss incorporated the Alabaster Jar Project. The mission was to provide housing and resources for women who have survived human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The Alabaster Jar Project began as a ministry of The Church at Rancho Bernardo and incorporated as a standalone nonprofit 501(c)3 in 2013, receiving tax exempt status in July of 2014. It is now comprised of Grace House, a long-term residential program; a Resource Center, a drop-in center that provides clothing, toiletries, programming and Peer Support Group.