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Rebecca Bender

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The following excerpt is from Rebecca Benders’ website. Rebecca is a social activist, thought leader, and consultant who equips professionals and organizations to identify and fight human trafficking. She was appointed to the U.S. National Advisory Council and regularly testifies as an expert witness in court. Her specialized training has equipped well over 100,000 professionals […]

Melissa Kaiser

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Melissa Kaiser is an independent consultant in the anti-human trafficking field. She was the first Human Trafficking Navigator hired for Eastern North Dakota, contracted with the North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force. Melissa was employed with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation as their first Victim/Witness Specialist, and assisted in creating the integrated victim services and […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Benny Yu

Benny Yu

Founder and President of El Pozo de Vida (“Well of Life”)