Morning of Hope

Human Trafficking Awareness Virtual Summit

September 24th, 2022  |  10:00am to 11:30am

In 2020 there was a 98% increase in online attempts by sex traffickers trying to recruit children
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 2020
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The average age that at-risk youth are lured into sex trafficking in Arizona is just 13 years old
YES Study Arizona 2020
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Over 340 children have been recovered from human trafficking in Phoenix in just the past 18 months
AZ Human Trafficking Council Report 2020
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Children spend an average of 154 days trapped in human trafficking before they are recovered
ASU 6 Year Analysis 2015
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Less than 1% of survivors of human trafficking cases are identified
CASE Study 2019
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Have you heard what’s happening locally to children who are being trafficked?

It’s horrifying, sad, and real…

Local children need help.

Local families need to stay safe.  

This virtual event will show you firsthand what is happening to local children and young people, and how YOU can make a difference in their lives. 

On Saturday, July 30th at 10am join subject matter experts for this virtual event hosting local survivors of human trafficking as well as subject matter experts on the front lines of this fight.

For attending this Virtual Summit Event, you’ll also get the Human Trafficking Digital Informational Bundle: Trafficking Safety Guide, Volunteer Guide, Church Resource Guide, Business Resource Guide, Local Reports and Stories

Want to know how to keep you and your family safe? Attend this virtual event. 

Want to know how to fight for and help recover local kids? Attend this virtual event. 

Want to know what your church or business can do to fight against human trafficking? Attend this virtual event.

Here's what you'll get out of this virtual event

15 top ways for any church to fight human trafficking

40 Day Prayer Journal to intercede for human trafficking survivors

Human Trafficking Family Safety guide with safety tips for parents

Hundreds of volunteer insights from 42 local organizations fighting human trafficking

Event Speakers

Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General

Topics Covered: State Prosecuting of Traffickers, Prevalence Of The Issue In Arizona

Mark Brnovich currently serves as Arizona’s 26th Attorney General. He was first inaugurated in 2015, and again in 2019 after winning re-election. He’s spent most of his professional life serving as a prosecutor at the local, state, and federal levels. His wife Susan was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona. Brnovich has two teenage daughters and lives in Phoenix.

Dr. Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, Arizona State University

Topics Covered: How Local Children Are Recruited, Scope of the Issue Locally, What Can Be Done To Prevent Trafficking

Dominique Roe-Sepowitz is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University and she is the director of the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research. Roe-Sepowitz has her master’s degree and doctorate in social work and is a researcher, professor and a forensic social work practitioner. 

James M. Gallagher, Phoenix Police Commander

Topics Covered: What Law Enforcement Is Doing, How To Report Trafficking, Keeping Your Family Safe

Commander Gallagher is a scholar-practitioner deeply invested in contributing to the ongoing advancement of the profession of policing. He is a command-level officer with a diverse professional background and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership with distinct policing research interests in police storytelling, sensemaking, leadership, culture, communication, crisis management, and strategic planning. His commitment to stopping human trafficking is unparalleled in the law enforcement profession. 

Shauna Sexton, Phoenix Dream Center

Topics Covered: What Is Being Done To Support Women After They Are Recovered

Shauna Sexton is the Program Director for the Human trafficking rescue and recovery program at The Phoenix Dream Center, a student at Grand Canyon University and a mother to 1 daughter. As the Director at the PDC she manages and leads a team of individuals who serve survivors of sexual exploitation through human trafficking. She is a certified expert in trauma-informed care and a member of high-level governmental human trafficking relief teams such as, The city of Phoenix Human Trafficking Task Force, and The Maricopa County Child Sex Trafficking Collaborative.

Claire Sechler Merkel, Senior Director of Arizona Programs for the McCain Institute at ASU

Topics Covered: What Government Is Doing, Getting Engaged In Legislation, Resources Available To Victims

Claire leads the McCain Institute’s Arizona work in combatting human trafficking along with promoting Senator McCain’s legacy of human rights and democracy and character driven leadership in international affairs. She was recently appointed as co-chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council by Governor Ducey.

Lisa Lucchesi, National Human Trafficking Product Manager

Topics Covered: What Private Insurance And Corporations Are Doing To Fight Trafficking

Lisa serves as the National Human Trafficking Product Manager at Aetna.   She has assisted Federal & State level Law Enforcement as well as Judges in various Courts throughout the United States on how to effectively deal with the Human and Sex Trafficking offenses exploiting our at-risk populations.  Lisa places a strong emphasis on the trafficking crimes involving children, the most vulnerable in society.  She teaches a cooperative method by being trauma informed and victim-centered when working with recovered youths who have been victimized by traffickers.

Lieutenant Dave Saflar, Phoenix Police Department

Topics Covered: How Local Law Enforcement Is Changing The Game Fighting Local Human Trafficking

Lt Saflar currently leads the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit and has extensive experience in Patrol, Neighborhood Enforcement, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Property Crimes, Violent Crimes, Homeland Defense, and Family Investigations.  Saflar has a BS in Criminal Justice and a Master’s of Organizational Leadership, both From Northern Arizona University and his resume includes victim-centered and trauma-informed techniques developed when leading the Adult Sex Crimes Unit.

Skye and Brian Steele, Phoenix Dream Center and StreetLightUSA

Topics Covered: How To Support Local Children And Youth Being Trafficked, Volunteering, Mentoring and Reaching Trafficked Youth

With over 20 years together on both the domestic and global human trafficking scene, Brian and Skye Steele have built programs that have served over 3,000 young adult and over 2,000 child survivors of human trafficking. They bring a world-class approach to serving victims of human trafficking and helping them recover. Brian sits on the Arizona Governors Human Trafficking Council and on the Phoenix Mayor’s Human Trafficking Task Force. 

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Event Details

Date: Saturday, January 22nd, 2022

Registration and Coffee Bar: 9:00am

Event Starts: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, 100 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Tickets to this human trafficking awareness breakfast are only $15 – seating is limited.

Price includes admission to the event, coffee bar, breakfast, safety guide, volunteer guide, church or business guide, and tons of other resources.

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For 15 years the human trafficking recovery programs of the Phoenix Dream Center and StreetLightUSA have been recovering children and young adult survivors of human trafficking.

They have helped to restore the lives of over 2,000 children and over 3,000 young adults who were victims of human trafficking.