We are thrilled to welcome the following presenters to the Justice Summit!
Bill Cody: Founder and President of Shine and Okipe
Bill is the founding visionary behind Shine Some Light. With an extensive executive management background over the past 20 years, both in for profit and non-profit organizations, Bill has enjoyed leading successful start-up initiatives. He is a sought after international public speaker and consultant in the non-profit business community. In his most recent role, Bill created capacity to develop business and N.G.O. platforms for community development in Pakistan, Indonesia and Somalia. This was accomplished as Bill developed strategic partners and operations both in the U.S. and abroad as the Executive Director of the International Crisis Relief Network. Building ‘strategic partnerships’ is a core value for Bill. Through relational, philosophical and financial collaboration with key families in the East Bay area of California, the vision for Shine Some Light has been realized. View more
Nola Brantley: Co-founder and Executive Director of MISSSEY project
Nola Brantley is one of the co-founders and the current Executive Director of MISSSEY an organization developed in 2007 to advocate and facilitate the empowerment and inner transformation of sexually exploited youth by holistically addressing their specific needs. Not only has Nola been a pioneer in Alameda County for CSEC service development she has also help set the foundation for much of the CSEC legislative and policy efforts. Additionally Nola spends countless hours providing trainings and presentations throughout Alameda County, California and the Nation. She has also taught innovative aftercare methods for abuse survivors to individuals from around the nation and world. Nola possesses both passion and unfailing commitment to her community, her world and to the young people she serves. View more
John Vanek: Expert in Law Enforcement’s Role in Human Trafficking
John Vanek retired in the rank of Lieutenant from the San Jose (Ca.) Police Department after 25 years of service in 2011. In 2006 John was assigned to manage the Department’s Human Trafficking Task Force, one of 40 task forces in a nationwide program funded by the United States Department of Justice. The mission of the Task Force (working in collaboration with the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking) was to create a victim-centered, multidisciplinary response to identify and rescue victims of trafficking, prosecute offenders, train law enforcement, and raise public awareness of modern-day slavery. View More
Carissa Phelps: Founder and CEO of Runaway Girl FPC
In 2012, Carissa Phelps, a licensed attorney, founded Runaway Girl, FPC, a flexible purpose corporation, to organize survivors of human trafficking around resources, networks, business, and local efforts to protect and care for survivors and victims within their own communities. Runaway Girl trainings improve protocols and responses to child sex trafficking within communities, while offering employment and career development opportunities to runaways, former runaways, and survivors of trafficking. View More
Melissa Farley Ph.D.: Psychology of Human Trafficking
Melissa Farley, Ph.D., has practiced as a clinical psychologist for 45 years and is a member of the American Psychological Association. In 1995 she founded Prostitution Research and Education, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, and manages its website which provides information to advocates of women and children in prostitution around the world. She has articulated the harms of prostitution, pornography, and trafficking as an expert witness in forensic evaluations. She has been categorized as a legal expert on the effects of sexual violence against women and children, post traumatic stress disorder, dissociation, prostitution and trafficking. View more or check out her published articles.
Sandie Morgan: RN/Ph.D. Candidate. Director of Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University.
Sandie Morgan is Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, overseeing the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking. Sandie serves on the Faith Alliance against Slavery and Trafficking Steering Committee and offers Hands That Heal (FAAST) training at Vanguard University annually. She began her anti-trafficking work in Athens, Greece where she served on the Board of the Athens International Nurses Association. She has also served as the Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) before returning full-time to Vanguard in order to extend the work globally. View more
Mark Fisher: U.S. Director of the Red Window Project
A resident of Livermore in the East Bay, Mark has been a Justice Advocate for IJM since 2008. He is the U.S. Director for the Red Window Project, a nonprofit organization that serves survivors of human trafficking and other forms of exploitation in the Philippines. He volunteers with the Justice Ministry Team at Cornerstone Fellowship, writes about human trafficking for examiner.com, and attends Western Seminary part-time. View More
Jocelyn White: Director of Church Mobilization from International Justice Mission
Jocelyn White is the West Coast Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems. Jocelyn and her husband co-founded Slavery No More, a non-profit organization working with law enforcement and the public to fight both domestic and international human trafficking. Jocelyn is also an active member of the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking Outreach Committee and has worked with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) survivors now living in an aftercare home in Southern California. View More
Chris Stambaugh: Founder and Director of the Grace Network
The Grace Network (TGN) is a faith-based anti-trafficking network mobilizing communities throughout the Sacramento region to combat human trafficking locally. TGN represents a network of 1,000 individuals from over 300 different agencies in the private, public, and religious sectors. Over the past 8 years, Chris has been advocating for at-risk youth. Recently, he coordinated a Survivors of Exploitation program for child sex trafficking victims and now serves as a Project Consultant for a federally funded anti-trafficking program called the Rescue & Restore Coalition. Chris’ passion for at-risk youth advocacy is fueled by his own personal experience of growing up in a homeless family in Sacramento. View more
Kate Case: IJM Justice Campaigns State Leader – California
Kate Case is the Organizing and Advocacy Fellow for International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems. View more