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Shamere McKenzie

Shamere McKenzie is a consultant, activist, subject matter expert on human trafficking and a sought-after award winning internationally recognized speaker and trainer. Turning her past adversities into an opportunity to liberate and protect others, Shamere has brought about social and political change in America and around the world.  

Shamere has a strong passion for education and policy and is the Chief Executive Officer for Sun Gate Foundation, an anti-trafficking organization that provides educational opportunities for survivors of human trafficking. In addition, she serves as the Training Manager for the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the United States. She is also the co-chair for the victim’s services committee for the Maryland State Human Trafficking Task Force. 

In 2018, Shamere responded to a call from the Ministry of Justice in her birthplace, Jamaica, and currently serves as the Anti-Trafficking Ambassador for Jamaica in the fight against human trafficking.

Shamere works tirelessly to raise awareness on human trafficking by speaking at universities, conferences, community events, and consulting with government officials around the world. She has trained a variety of professionals on how to identify and respond to victims of human trafficking, including the FBI, Home Land Security, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, churches, hotel and airline staff to name a few. 

In 2015, she graduated from Loyola University Chicago with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Additionally, she serves on several boards, advisory boards, and speaker’s bureaus.