Is your heart broken for the issue of sex trafficking and you wonder how you can RESPOND?
Join nationally recognized experts to learn how you can strategically RESPOND to the sexual exploitation of our children.
Courage Worldwide and William Jessup University host “The Response”—A Global Sex Trafficking Summit. This summit is geared toward professionals who work with or desire to work with victims of sex trafficking. At this summit, various industries will report on their response to this global crime. In addition, education will be provided on the trauma caused by sex trafficking by leading mental health professionals. Presentations will be given on programs, therapies, and best practices for victim rescue and restoration. There will be also be workshops on policy and legislation, the arts and media, health care, technology and industry response. A faith-based track will be offered as well.
Nationally-recognized experts—from law enforcement to medical and mental health professionals, social workers, lawmakers and community leaders—will serve as speakers and panelists, sharing their personal and professional response.
Key individuals and organizations in the fight against sex trafficking will be brought to the Sacramento, California region to educate, equip and empower you to make a tangible difference in the lives of voiceless victims.
- Courage House Prototype
- Law Enforcement
- Mental Health
- Residential Care Facility Development
- Policy and Legislative Initiatives
- Health and Human Services
- Advertising & Marketing
- The Arts: Film, Music and Writing
- Business Leaders
- Faith-Based Community
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William Jessup University in Rocklin, California with a separate Sacramento location for Law Enforcement/Prosecutor Training.
Friday, February 22nd
6:00pm – Registration
6:30pm – Doors open
6:50pm – Sex and Money movie trailer
7:00pm – Start time
Saturday, February 23rd
8:00 – EXPOs and networking
8:30am – Start time
Summit prices *Concert Included
$139 | The RESPONSE conference (Response Ticket Includes: Law Enforcement and First Responder Training, Church leaders forum and Jars of Clay Concert!)
$59 | Student
$29 | Church leaders forum only (includes continental breakfast)
$39 | Law Enforcement and First Responder Training Only
$11 | Law Enforcement and First Responder box lunch
Concert Only pricesSaturday Feb 23, 7pm
$15 | $10 student rate (VIP Concert Tickets Available)
The VIP includes Meet and Greet with Jars of Clay at 6:30PM, A Signed “Come Back Home” CD, and VIP seating for concert
The Response Line-up
Jeff is an entrepreneurial business leader with an extensive record of success within the food industry. Jeff has a passion for designing and implementing entrepreneurial business strategies and is considered to be a highly intellectual, driven and transformational leader.
Referee Carol Chrisman has served as a judicial officer with the Superior Court of California for Sacramento County for almost 15 years. Referee Chrisman has been assigned about equally to adjudicating dependency and delinquency cases.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Anne Darr received her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University and two Master of Arts degrees in Forensic Psychology and Counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
Loren Ditmore has served as a Youth Pastor in the local church and worked with young people since 1992.
Rachelle Ditmore has served as an Urban Missionary and lived within the communities in which she has served for nearly 20 years.
Melissa Farley Ph.D. has been a practicing clinical psychologist for 45 years. She has written 24 peer-reviewed articles on prostitution and trafficking and two books: Prostitution, Trafficking & Traumatic Stress (2004), and Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections (2007), based on research funded by the U.S. State Department.
Dr. Jonathan Fung teaches film production and film theory classes at Santa Clara University. He is a prolific filmmaker and visual artist. He collaborated with Nam June Paik, “the father of video art,” for Modulation in Sync at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Ted Gaines represents the people of the 1st Senate District, which takes in all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.
Shane Grammer designs and creates unique installation and three-dimensional themed environments featured in commercial businesses, malls, churches, amusement parks, restaurants, and retail spaces across the US.
Guido Hajenius works with the anti-trafficking organization iEmpathize, to manage programs in Southern California and to engage the region in the fight to end child sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Communications Director Courage Worldwide
Genny is the author of seven children’s books and writes regularly for a variety of parenting magazines and websites.
Director of Courage House
Melissa Herrmann has a passion for children-at-risk and social justice. She graduated from Vanguard University with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology.
Jordyn is a junior at Forest Lake Christian High School. She has a heart for the lost and broken in our world. Her heart was met by an opportunity to visit Tanzania, Africa, where she fell in love with the children and people of this impoverished nation.
Sydney is an energetic junior high student who says: “Why should we just sit and wait? There is much work to be done!” At an early age, Sydney has found her passion to lead events and be a voice to girls who don’t have one.
Director of Fashion Design for 3Strands and Apricot Lane USA
Lyndsey Kacalek is the Director of Fashion Design for 3Strands, a unique fashion brand to fight against sex trafficking around the world by supporting common goal organizations.
Brian Keith has gained recognition as an accomplished and gifted sculptor of portraits, monuments and limited edition bronze works. His fascination with the human form and natural ability for storytelling enables him to create evocative, energetic compositions of contemporary subject matter and style, combined with classical technique and mastery.
Th.D, Ph.D, Ed.D, LPC Program Director/Associate Professor School of Psychology & Counseling.
Aside from his University duties, Dr. Keyes is a board member of Restoration Ministries, working with Human Trafficking and Prostitution; and Earth Charter U.S., working with Human Rights, Democracy and Peace, and the Environment.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Chad Koyanagi is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He works in various clinical settings including the adult inpatient unit, emergency room, homeless shelter/outreach, domestic violence clinic, and rural primary care clinics.
Award winning author, a writer, and a lover of poetry
Jessica Kristie is an award winning author, a writer, and a lover of poetry. She is an advocate for art, an activist against human trafficking, and a soulful contributor to the strengthening of our creative communities.
Deputy District Attorney
First Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Kathryn Kurtz received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1999.
Pastor, national speaker, and the co-founder of Fireproof Ministries.
Jake Larson currently serves as a Pastor at XXXchurch combatting the issues related to pornography abuse and addiction.
Founder and CEO of Global Centurion, Former Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons with the U.S. State Department, Founder
Laura J. Lederer received her B.A. magna cum laude in comparative religions from the University of Michigan. After 10 years in philanthropy as director of community concerns at a private foundation, she continued her education at the University of San Francisco Law School and DePaul College of Law and received her juris doctorate in June 1994.
Nevada Attorney General.
In January 2007, Catherine Cortez Masto began serving her first term as Nevada’s Attorney General after winning more votes than any other statewide candidate. Known for her integrity and leadership, General Masto has committed her time in office to protecting and advocating on behalf of the people and communities in Nevada.
Tara McConnell, MT-BC, a Sacramento native and graduate of University of the Pacific, is a board certified music therapist and owner of McConnell Music Therapy Services (MMTS) based in Auburn, CA, (est. 2002).
Creative Director, Courage Worldwide
Moved to be a voice for those who have none, Stephanie wrote the powerful song Believe in Me and then gathered award winning local bands with the same heart to write and donate songs to benefit Courage House.
Dr. Reggie McNeal enjoys helping people, leaders, and Christian organizations pursue more intentional lives. He currently serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX.
Courage House Hawaii Volunteer Development Director
RN, BSN, MSN, APRN- RX, FNP-BC
Originally from California, Jessica and her husband Jeremy have lived on Oahu for over 7 years where she is an active member in the north shore community. She and her husband have been involved in youth mentoring and outreach since moving to the island.
“Led by the haunting and crystal clear vocals of front-woman Aimee Bellanca, and backed by her brother Dane Johnson, The Music Room sings stories about overcoming battles with their own demons, resisting the lull of complacency, and burying doubts before too much life is wasted in fearful living.
Group Home Administrator and Lead Social Worker at Courage House Nor Cal.
Kelli graduated with her bachelorette and master’s degree in Social Work at CSUS; California State University of Sacramento. Kelli is a California Board of Behavioral Sciences registrant, soon to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Founder and CEO of 3Strands
Ken Petersen is the Founder and CEO of 3Strands, a unique fashion brand to fight against sex trafficking around the world by supporting common goal organizations.
Executive Producer/Producer of the documentaries Sex+Money
Morgan Perry is the Executive Producer/Producer of the documentaries Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth (released in 2011) and The Family Film (currently in production).
Founder and Executive Director of California Against Slavery and a co-proponent of Proposition 35 to stop human trafficking
Daphne Phung started California Against Slavery in the Fall of 2009 with the vision that stopping this human rights abuse is the duty of every person.
Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Mike Rayfield is a 24 year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
CNN named Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement”. The Wall St. Journal identified him as one of America’s 7 most influential Hispanic Leaders, and the only religious leader on the list.
Aaron Schnobrich has an extensive background in feature film, commercial, music videos and social justice documentary production. The Pulitzer institute has recognized his work and he has traveled to more than 20 countries while creating films of global significance.
Retired Chief of Police for Truckee, California and Anti-Human Trafficking Strategist for Humanity United.
Nicholas Sensley is an Anti-Human Trafficking Strategist for Humanity United, an Omidyar Group foundation committed to building peace and advancing human freedom. He is a retired Chief of Police for the city of Truckee, California where he was appointed in November of 2008 and served until November of 2011.
Director of Innocents at Risk
Mrs. Deborah Sigmund is the Founder and Director of Innocents at Risk, a non-profit, founded in April 2005, to help stop the trafficking of women and children.
Sacramento County District Attorney
Jan Scully has spent her entire life living in Sacramento. She attended Loretto High School, graduated from CSU Sacramento and attended Lincoln Law School while working full-time for the State of California.
Shared Hope International | President and Founder (U.S. Congress 1994-98)
Linda Smith is a leader in the global movement to end sex trafficking of women and children around the world and in the United States.
Founder & Director of The GRACE Network.
Chris Stambaugh is the Founder & Director of The GRACE Network. TGN is a faith-based anti-trafficking network that exists “to mobilize, train, and assimilate passionate people into all spheres of the anti-trafficking fight, and to identify, share, and celebrate viable resources that meet the specific needs of exploited youth.”
LSW, serves as the Aftercare Training and Research Development Specialist for International Justice Mission.
Ms. Steffen joined IJM in June 2009 as an Aftercare Fellow in Mumbai, India where she aided in the design and implementation of Aftercare programs for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.
Dr. Gil Stieglitz is an author, speaker, catalyst, pastor, professor and leadership consultant.
Dr. Gil Stieglitz is an author, speaker, catalyst, pastor, professor and leadership consultant. He has helped Christians, churches and leaders all over the United States and around the world maximize their impact.
Detective Derek Stigerts has been a police officer for 21 years with the Sacramento Police Department, the last 7 years in the detective division.
The REEL is an Alternative Pop/Rock band that began with two guys and their acoustic guitars. It was hard to deny the musical connection; The Reel was born with their first album, Come Alive.
Chief Executive Officer of American River Bank
Mr. Taber has been with American River Bank since 1985 serving in various executive roles currently as Chief Executive Officer.
Dwight Taylor, Sr. aka Transparent, is an International Christian Rap Artist, motivational speaker, and mentor.
Founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide
Jenny Williamson is the Founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide, an international, non-profit organization that builds homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking. These homes are called Courage House.
CEO & Co-founder, Laugh Brand
Laurie Wirgler is founder and CEO of Laugh Brand, a designer children’s apparel company giving 30% of its profits to fight child trafficking.
Founder of Freedom Bound Communications.
Barbara Wilson is the founder of Freedom Bound Communications, a ministry that brings
healing and hope to those with a sexual past and the former director of the Sexual Health Education for faith-based Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Sacramento, California.
William Jessup University in Rocklin and separate Sacramento location for Law Enforcement Tract.
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 6:30pm
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 9:30pm