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Wade Arvizu

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Wade is a Senior Programs Specialist at The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, an international funding organization dedicated to building a survivor-centric anti-trafficking movement. As a networker, strategist, and visionary, he seeks genuine connections and approaches people with curiosity, connecting world leaders to build mutually beneficial trust-based partnerships. He values lived and professional experience […]

Maria Tell

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Maria Tell is a Fort Collins native and a graduate of The University of Colorado Denver with a bachelor’s in criminal justice. She is working on completing her master’s in criminal justice, continually supports undercover sex trafficking operations with The Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement, and conducts trainings and presentations throughout the […]

The Intersection of Immigration & Human Trafficking

This keynote concentrates on the intersectionality of immigration and human trafficking. The presenter will discuss the specific barriers and vulnerabilities that immigrants face as they move across international borders, equipping participants with a culturally competent approach for victim identification and outreach along with an overview of legal immigration reliefs for victims and survivors of human trafficking. Read […]

Cristian Eduardo

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Cristian Eduardo is an advocate, speaker, and educator for anti-trafficking initiatives – including the Equality Model, immigrant and LGBTQ+ rights. He is a survivor of international and domestic human trafficking, a Mexican immigrant, a person living with HIV, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and someone who speaks openly about the mental health challenges he has faced that […]

Tom Perez

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In 2010, Tom began engaging in the anti-trafficking fight and quickly noticed that while men are the primary drivers behind the demand that drives sex trafficking, very few were practically involved in effective efforts to abolish it. His vision to create meaningful onramps for men to engage in this issue has resulted in the training, […]

Moving From Trauma Into Wellness & Healing – A Survivor’s Perspective

Attendees are invited to listen to a survivor’s journey of overcoming trauma. Through personal anecdotes and insights, Jesse will illuminate the path towards resilience and healing, offering hope and empowerment to survivors and allies alike. This presentation promises to inspire and educate, fostering meaningful dialogue on strategies to move from surviving to thriving. Read more […]

Jesse Leon

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Jesse Leon is an award-winning bilingual author, celebrated for his books “I’m Not Broken” and “No Estoy Roto,” published by Penguin Random House, detailing his triumphant journey from surviving human trafficking to graduating from Harvard University. A TEDx and inspirational speaker, certified executive coach, and recipient of both the Lambda Literary Award and International Latino […]

Journal of Human Trafficking

With the inaugural issue published in 2015, Journal of Human Trafficking has become a leader in the dissemination of scholarship on all issues related to trafficking in persons—from prevention and intervention, to protection and prosecution. This presentation will focus on how JHT emerged as a scholarly journal published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, as well as […]