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September 17, 2022

With the phrase “human trafficking” consistently in the public’s eye, one might wonder how to spot the largest social justice issue of the time? Survivor, Author, and now Subject Matter Expert, Rebecca Bender, offers powerful and poignant insight on what we are missing when it comes to spotting this crime – and asks all to pause and discuss how to truly identify and combat human trafficking in a practical way that identifies victims and leads to solutions. Rebecca Bender is the CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative and founder of Elevate Academy, the largest online school for survivors of human trafficking in the world. She is an award-winning thought leader, advocate, and consultant who equips individuals and organizations to identify and fight human trafficking in their own backyards. Rebecca has been recognized by the FBI and received multiple awards for her leadership and advocacy in the field. She testified in front of the legislature to change Oregon SB673, and regularly testifies as an expert witness in court proceedings around the nation. Rebecca has trained well over 100,000 professionals, including FBI, Homeland Security, local law enforcement, vice units, and medical personnel. In 2017, she was selected as one of twenty-one representative members of the National Advisory Committee on Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States. The Committee advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General on practical and general policies concerning improvements to the nation’s response to the sex trafficking of children and youth in the United States. She also served on the Department of Justice task force, the core committee to the Equality Model, the board of Exodus Cry and consults for many of the nation’s leading nonprofits. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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