Ensure Justice 2020 Speakers

ERIN ALBRIGHT


Erin Albright, JD, is the former Director of the NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force, and the former Regional Program Director for the private operating foundation Give Way to Freedom. She has over 10 years of experience in the anti-trafficking field and specializes in building organizational capacity and multidisciplinary collaboration through leadership, training, and consultation with service providers, law enforcement, task forces, and law makers. She recently completed a three year visiting Fellowship with the USDOJ Office for Victims of Crime, where she she worked with Task Forces across the country and focused on improving victim-centered response strategies, developing capacity building tools and trainings for labor trafficking, and building multidisciplinary collaboration to respond to human trafficking. Her experience includes working for the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit, managing a network of service providers in New England, and providing consultation and leadership for Task Forces in New England and across the country. In 2016 she received a Commendation from (former) New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, and formal recognition by ICE/HSI and Senators Jean Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte for her work on behalf of survivors and with the NH Collaborative Task Force.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Enhanced Collaboration Model to Combat Human Trafficking

JEANNE AWREY

COORDINATOR, STUDENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Jeanne Awrey has worked at The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) for more than 15 years serving as the Homeless Outreach to Promote Educational Support (HOPES) Collaborative Coordinator. The HOPES Collaborative is a partnership between the OCDE and County of Orange Homeless Prevention, Orange County school districts, community-based organizations, faith-based Community, law enforcement, and shelter and housing service providers. Her role as the HOPES Coordinator is help remove enrollment barriers, provide outreach and education for homeless children/youth rights to families, help promote school attendance, and ultimately improve the academic success of homeless children and youth under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Ms. Awrey actively participates throughout Orange County by serving on the County of Orange Continuum of Care Board, Homeless Providers Forum, Collaboration to Assist Motel Families, Families Forward Program Committee and hosts quarterly HOPES Collaborative Homeless Liaison Network Meetings.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Who, How, & Where to Get Help

TINA BIGDELI

SENIOR OUTREACH MANAGER
NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN

Tina Bigdeli joined the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2017. As a Senior Outreach Manager, she is responsible for developing partnerships and implementing a regional outreach strategy to increase awareness and use of NCMEC’s services, resources, and programs. Prior to joining NCMEC, Tina served as the Director of Prevention Education at FAIR Girls, where she led the strategic planning, evaluation and implementation of FAIR Girls’ human trafficking prevention education initiatives in Washington, DC and Maryland. She is a seasoned trainer and community educator, with over 10 years of experience working to end sexual violence and exploitation. Tina earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Social Work from Howard University.

RAMONA BRAGANZA

FITNESS EXPERT & FOUNDER
321 EMPOWER

Global fitness expert, Ramona Braganza may be most known for sculpting Hollywood bodies, such as Jessica Alba’s, Halle Berry and currently Sandra Bullock but her love of fitness and quest for excellence has facilitated the transformation of hundreds of bodies and attitudes worldwide. As a professional speaker, published author and activist Ramona’s message of transforming the world one person at a time by blending body/mind/spirit captivates her audiences. With 20 plus years of experience, first as a competitive gymnast then as a professional cheerleader/choreographer with the LA/Oakland Raiders, Ramona practices what she preaches using her transformative 321 Training Method, Nutrition plan and philosophy. As a global fitness professional, Ramona holds fitness retreats around the world and her newly formed charity 321 Empower.com based in India and North America, whose mission is changing girls lives from survivors of human trafficking to fitness trainers prove her dedication and passion to her craft.

PLENARY: Strength Building

CHRISTINE BUCHHOLZ

SENIOR ADVISOR, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Christine Lee Buchholz is a Senior Advisor in the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, working with Ambassador John Richmond. In this capacity, she is leading the Office’s efforts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Palermo Protocol. This has included working closely with the White House to host a summit on human trafficking and publishing a 20th Anniversary Retrospective celebrating 20 years of progress to combat human trafficking. She previously worked on anti-trafficking initiatives in Haiti, India and the United States as an advisor, consultant and donor and served on the founding boards of the Human Trafficking Institute and Restavek Freedom. She helped several non-profit organizations, in their startup phase, develop strategic, systematic and sustainable programs and partnerships. She also worked as a management consultant, leading organizational development projects with federal and state governments. Christine has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wellesley College, studied at the London School of Economics and earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She and her husband met as Fellows with the Congressional Hunger Center and have two delightful children.

PLENARY: Where We Are: Human Trafficking Policy and Advocacy

DANNY CARILLO

PROGRAM SPECIALIST
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Danny Carrillo is a Program Specialist with the Orange County Department of Education, Educational Services. Working in the field of education for over 15 years, he has had the opportunity to work in schools, community agencies, and juvenile institutions. He believes that in order to make an impact on youth one needs to build authentic relationships and have an unwavering belief that all children have the ability to succeed. Danny earned his B.A. degree from California State University, Fullerton and a Teaching Credential from Chapman University.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy, and Healthy in the Digital Age

RYAN CROWDIS

PROJECT MANAGER
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Ryan Crowdis is the Project Manager for the Orange County Department of Education’s (OCDE) Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Consortium, a group of eight school districts, supported by funds from the California Department of Education. The focus of the TUPE program is in educating students and guiding them in creating prevention messages in their schools and communities using a positive youth development model. These schools also provide prevention curriculum, an intervention for students who use tobacco products, and promote the Orange County Health Care Agency’s tobacco cessation services. Ryan is also the Chair of the Tobacco and Vape Free OC Coalition, a group of Orange County public and community-based organizations working on reducing use and access to tobacco products and eliminate unhealthy environments created by these products. Ryan possesses a B.A. in Sociology from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Masters in Social Work from C.S.U. Long Beach. Ryan has been working with OCDE since 2003 and has been working with youth over 20 years. He has been sharing the asset model with parents and educators for 10 years and strives to incorporate opportunities for youth to build assets in all the work he does.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: An Introduction to Developmental Assets: A Guide To Raising Healthy Children

TOBY ESPLEY

PROGRAM SPECIALIST
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Toby Espley is a Program Specialist at the Orange County Department of Education in Learning Support Services. The focus of her work is comprised of Restorative Practices, Social Emotional Learning, Early Childhood Education, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and California Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). Toby also serves as an adjunct faculty at Vanguard University in Early Childhood Education. With over twenty years of experience in education, Toby continues to support professional development for the PK-12 continuum.

PLENARY: Restorative Justice and Healing Communities
TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Peace Building and Foundations of Restorative Practices

HEATHER FISCHER

Heather Fischer serves as special advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). Before joining J/TIP, Fischer served as the subject matter expert on sex trafficking at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. While at the McCain Institute, she implemented a national prevention action plan in partnership with key federal, state, and non-profit stakeholders. Additionally, Fischer instituted a public-private partnership with US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families and a co-authored a nationwide Justice Sector report with community-based solutions to address human trafficking in the United States. Fischer previously served on the Washington, DC, New York Capital Region and Southern Tier Anti-Trafficking task forces, Connecticut Bar Association Special Committee on Sex Trafficking of Children, Department of Justice Civil Rights Community Working Group, and Twitter Trust & Safety Council..

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Human Trafficking Prevention Methods

RUTHI HANCHETT

LIVE2FREE COACH & ADJUNCT FACULTY
VANGUARD UNIVERSITY

Ruthi Hoffman Hanchett has been a leader in the field of human rights for over twelve years, focusing on child rights, human trafficking, and gender equality. While working for World Vision International, she regularly represented the organization to global political leaders, the UN human Rights Council, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN Girls Education Initiative, and the NGO Advisory Council on Violence Against Children. Ruthi is currently coaching Vanguard University’s Live2free club, helping student teams speak on human trafficking at middle schools and high schools throughout Orange County. She serves on the Board of the Vanguard University Global Center for Women and Justice as well as an adjunct professor for the University.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Peer-to-Peer Youth Led Trafficking Prevention

DR. MICHAEL HANNA

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY
VANGUARD UNIVERSITY

Dr. Michael Hanna received his Doctoral Degree in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Neurobiology and Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hanna’s interest in drug addiction developed when he joined a research lab as an undergraduate that studies the neurobiology behind cue-elicited drug craving behavior. Prior to Vanguard, Dr. Hanna taught a Neurobiology Lab at UCI and was an adjunct faculty at Mt. San Antonio Community College and Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Areas of interest include substance abuse, neurological disorders, and developmental disorders. Apart from Vanguard, Dr. Hanna is involved in services aimed at providing food and clothing to the homeless of Downtown Los Angeles. He is also involved in tutoring and college-preparation for high school youth in Orange County.

PLENARY: Porn Addiction and Online Exploitation

HON. DOUGLASS HATCHIMONJI

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF ORANGE

Judge Doug Hatchimonji was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, in October 2003. Since his appointment he has primarily presided over juvenile justice, child abuse and neglect, and adult criminal proceedings. He was the Supervising Judge of the Orange County Superior Court, North Justice Center, from January 2006 to January 2009; the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court, from January 2011 to January 2014; and Supervising Judge of the Harbor Justice Center, from January 2014 to January 2016. He currently presides over juvenile justice matters, at Orange County’s Lamoreaux Justice Center. Judge Hatchimonji has taught on a variety of juvenile, criminal and judicial leadership and administration topics, including for: the Center for Judicial Education and Research; the Center for Family, Children & the Courts; Vanguard University; the University of California, Irvine, School of Law; California State University, Sacramento; and the American Judges Association. Judge Hatchimonji is an appointed member of the California Child Welfare Council, the Judicial Council Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, and is the chair of the Center for Judicial Education and Research Juvenile Law Curriculum Committee.

PLENARY: Where We’ve Been

DAWN HAWKINS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NATIONAL CENTER ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have led to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including Fox & Friends, CNN and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

PLENARY: Porn Addiction and Online Exploitation

HON. MARIA HERNANDEZ

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT-ORANGE COUNTY
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF ORANGE

The Honorable Judge Maria Hernandez was appointed Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court for Orange County on January 1, 2014 where she served until January of 2018. During her nine years as a juvenile court judge, she created and presided over the dedicated court addressing commercially sexually exploited children (GRACE-Generating Resources to Abolish Child Exploitation) and co-chaired the Orange County Committee relating to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). Judge Hernandez also created and presided over an innovative collaborative court for dedicated to boys in the child welfare system back in 2010 which continues to meet the needs of highest risk system involved youth. While overseeing all daily court operations for the juvenile branch, she convened the County’s first Juvenile Justice Summit in 2016 which brought together over 400 of the county’s leaders to address the special needs of the children and families of Orange County. Judge Hernandez is currently assigned to the Court’s Felony Trial Panel handling felony criminal trials and has recently created and launched a Young Adult Court (YAC) which will address the special needs of emerging adults charged with felonies in the criminal justice system

PLENARY: Where We’ve Been

HARRIET HILL

DIRECTOR OF TRAUMA HEALING CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
TRAUMA HEALING INSTITUTE & AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY

Harriet Hill is one of the pioneers in developing Bible-based Trauma Healing materials and programs to help local pastors heal from trauma and then help their people heal. Since its start in 2001, the program has spread to around 100 countries with around 15,000 trained facilitators. She holds a Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary in Intercultural Studies. Prior to involvement in Trauma Healing, she served with Wycliffe and SIL for 33 years in Bible Translation and Scripture Engagement. She is on staff at American Bible Society in Philadelphia and has 3 married adult children and 5 grandchildren.

PLENARY: Restorative Justice and Healing Communities
TITLE OF WORKSHOP
: Healing the Wounds of Trauma

VICTORIA JOHNSON

PROGRAM SPECIALIST
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Victoria Johnson is a Program Specialist who has worked for the Orange County Department of Education promoting early learning and violence prevention education across the county. Victoria holds a Master’s degree from California Baptist University and a Bachelor’s degree from California State University Fullerton. After spending nearly a decade working in Education, Victoria has worked closely with children, families, and educators to promote safe and conducive schools and communities. She believes that by providing communities with tools and empowering them to be the change, together we can make a difference in reducing childhood exposure to violence.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Safe From the Start: The Effects of Violence on Brain Development

PAMELA KAHN

COORDINATOR, HEALTH AND WELLNESS
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Pamela Kahn is currently the Coordinator for Health and wellness for the Orange County Department of Education in California. In this capacity, she acts in an advisory position regarding health programs and health care to the 28 public school districts I the county. She works closely with the school nurses as well as community and private agencies to provide 500,000 students in Orange County with the health services that they need in order to be successful in school. Ms. Kahn is connected to many professional organizations and was the 2017-19 President-Elect for the California School Nurses Organization. She has been published in Nursing World Magazine, the Journal of School Nursing, Congenital Cardiology Today, and has contributed chapters to the 2nd edition of School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text and to the recently published Legal Resources for School Health Services. She received the Nurse.com 2012 Nursing Excellence Award in the area of Advancing and Leading the Profession and was names the 2013 Cypress College Alumni of the Year.

PLENARY: Building Strong Children
TITLE OF WORKSHOP:
Adverse Childhood Experiences: What Happens in Childhood Doesn’t Stay in Childhood!

STEVEN KIM

CO-FOUNDER
PROJECT KINSHIP

Steven Kim is the Co-Founder of Project Kinship where he serves individuals impacted by gangs and incarceration, with the aim to successfully re-integrate them back into the workforce, schools and community. His dedication to breaking cycles of incarceration, gang membership and community violence stems from over 15 years of working with traumatized and abandoned youth throughout Orange County. Steven is highly regarded for his human rights work in the field of forensic social work where he led multi-disciplinary teams to identify early childhood traumas on high-profile-death penalty cases. He is sought out for his expertise on understanding root causes of violence and has facilitated trainings on the state and federal levels of the criminal justice system. He is currently an adjunct professor with the University of Southern California in the School of Social Work. Steven holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from USC. Steven’s combination of life  experience has and unending heart for the abandoned and disenfranchised continues to be the driving force in standing together in the margins of inequality among gang and formerly incarcerated populations to create a hope for a future.

PLENARY: Restorative Justice and Healing Communities
TITLE OF WORKSHOP:
Peace Building and Foundations of Restorative Practices

CHRISTINE LAEHLE

PROGRAM SPECIALIST
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Christine Laehle is a Program Specialist with the Orange County Department of Education. She works with public and private schools on school safety and violence prevention education. She has a B.A. in Psychology from California State University of Fullerton, her MPH from California State University of Long Beach and completed the Anti-Human Trafficking Certification from Vanguard University. She currently serves on the School & Community Safety Advisory Committee through the California Department of Education, is the Chair for the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County and a Board Member for CASROSP.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Human Trafficking: What Every Parent Needs to Know

STEPHAN LAMBERT

PREVENTION COORDINATOR
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Stephan Lambert is the Prevention Coordinator at the Orange County Department of Education. He has twelve years of experience in substance abuse prevention, positive youth development, family and community engagement, and developmental asset building. In his role at OCDE, he supports schools and districts with training and technical assistance around alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention.

PLENARY: Compromised Communities: Snapshots
TITLE OF WORKSHOP:
Not So Safe – Vaping Prevention Education

LAURA LEDERER, JD

PRESIDENT
GLOBAL CENTURION

Laura Lederer is the former Senior Advisor on Trafficking in the U.S. Department of State where she served for eight years. She is President of Global Centurion, a non-profit organization fighting trafficking by focusing on demand. Currently she is serving as Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in the creation of their General Awareness training and specialized trainings for DoD investigative professionals including Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, and Military Police. She conducted the first retrospective study on the health impacts of human trafficking, which has been cited over 3,000 times in peer reviewed journals, and helped to create SOAR, an anti-trafficking training for health providers. Currently she is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gathering background information for creation of anti-trafficking resources for 4,000 family planning clinics in the U.S. She is the author of Modern Slavery: A Documentary and Reference Guide published by Greenwood Publishing in 2018. The book uses primary source materials to trace the development of the 21st century movement to stop human trafficking.

PLENARY: Where We Are: Human Trafficking Policy and Advocacy
TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Human Trafficking: A Human and National Security Issue

STEPHANIE LOSCKO

PROGRAM SPECIALIST
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Stephanie Loscko is the Crisis Response Network Program Specialist for the Orange County Department of Education. In this role, she provides certification training to school and community-based personnel in crisis intervention and coordinates response services to support Orange County school communities when a critical incident occurs. She is passionate about serving students, families and school personnel in this capacity and strives to bring a trauma-informed approach to all that she does. She received her Master of Social Work degree and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Long Beach.

PLENARY: Building Strong Children
TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Mental Wellness and Emotional Health

DEREK MARSH

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN & JUSTICE

Derek Marsh retired from the Westminster PD, CA, after more than 26 years of service. In 2004, Marsh helped start the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). He served as the co-chair of the OCHFFT from 2004-12. During that time, he developed and taught courses in human trafficking across the state of California, provided oversight to human trafficking investigations, assisted in creating HT DVDs, wrote multiple grants, and provided Congressional testimony twice as a HT expert witness. He has presented anti-HT trainings across California and the United States, Saipan, Italy, and Argentina. He taught HT as an undergraduate course at Vanguard University, CA, from 2009 to present. He develops and teaches criminal justice and human trafficking courses. He has served with the United Nations to train Rwandan immigration officials, law enforcement, prosecutors, and NGOs over four intensive seminars in 2017. He has an MA in Human Behavior, an MPA in Police Management & Leadership, and graduated from FBINA Class #224. Currently, D.C. Marsh works as the Associate Director at the Global Center for Women and Justice. He is researching how human trafficking task forces identify, investigate, and prosecute labor trafficking cases throughout the United States through on-site visits and review of historical task force and federal performance documents. He is helping to develop and provide training and technical assistance through the BIA, TTAC, and OVC-TTAC agencies. His expertise in Criminal Justice will contribute to the research, education, and advocacy mission of the Global Center for Women and Justice.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Enhanced Collaboration Model to Combat Human Trafficking

KRYSTEL MIRANDA

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM ASSISTANT
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Krystel Miranda is an Instructional Program Assistant with the Orange County Department of Education. She is program lead for the Restorative Practices Program through the Violence Prevention Education grant. Over the past 3 years at OCDE, Krystel has worked closely with school staff across the county to help educators incorporate the principles of restorative practices in their classrooms, creating a more positive campus culture. Throughout her career, Krystel has provided direct service to high at-risk youth, always seeking to make a positive impact in students’ social-emotional learning and academic success. Krystel is a certified trainer through the International Institute of Restorative Practices and is trained in multiple restorative practices curricula. She received her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from California State University, Fullerton.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Cultivar Factores Protectores A Través de Prácticas Restaurativas

DR. SANDRA MORGAN

DIRECTOR
GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN & JUSTICE

Dr. Sandra Morgan, an educator and nurse, is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. Dr. Morgan’s experience serving missing and exploited children includes direct care as a pediatric nurse, a volunteer with Doctors of the World (Athens, Greece) and as a past Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). Her expertise is recognized locally, nationally and internationally and includes such venues as Asia, Russia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She serves the Orange County CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) Steering Committing partnering with Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice. In her role as Faculty and Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, she has built capacity for research, education, and advocacy directly related to the exploitation of women and children. She is currently serving a two-year appointment to the White House Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking. Her Ending Human Trafficking podcast, with listeners in 105 countries, is housed in the Library of Congress’ database and is a great way to get up to speed on the complex issues of combatting human trafficking.

PLENARY: Where We’re Going: Collaboration for Hope

HON. JOANNE MOTOIKE

PRESIDING JUDGE OF JUVENILE COURT
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF ORANGE

The Honorable Judge Joanne Motoike was appointed Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court for Orange County on December 18, 2018. Prior to her appointment, she was responsible for juvenile justice inventories and the Teen Court Program and has previously served at the West Justice Center where she presided over adult criminal matters. Judge Motoike, worked as a senior deputy public defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office from 2008 until she was appointed by Governor Brown as Judge in 2013. She was a trial attorney at the United Nations Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 2006 to 2008 and a deputy public defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office from 1994 to 2006. As the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge, Judge Motoike handles cases involving Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), presides over the Teen Court Program and works with juvenile justice partners in the daily administration of the Juvenile Court.

PLENARY: Where We’ve Been

SHEREE NEWMAN

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PREVENTION SPECIALIST
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 Sheree Newman serves as Family Engagement Program Specialist for the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE). Newman has over 20 years’ experience in education, previously as a District Prevention Coordinator, providing services and interventions as Homeless & Foster Liaison, Tobacco Use Prevention Education Coordinator, Parent and Community Engagement Specialist and “connector” to all things needed to meet the needs of our most vulnerable students. In her role at OCDE, she coordinates the quarterly Family & Community Partnership (FCP) Network and annual Parent and Family Support Services Faire to provide a forum for schools, families and community based organizations to explore resources, build relationships and share best practices to support student achievement. Sheree supports all 27 Orange County districts providing coaching and professional development to build capacity for authentic family engagement practices. She is part of the OCDE Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Community of Practice team, sharing strategies to embed SEL into communities, families and schools. Her passion lies in building authentic relationships while increasing capacity to develop School-Family-Community partnerships through an equitable, strengths-based approach to empower parents as advocates for their own students’ future success.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP #1: It’s All About Relationships: Recognizing Family Assets to Increase Family & Community Engagement
TITLE OF WORKSHOP #2: It’s All About Relationships: How Social Emotional Learning Helps Parents Engage with School and Community for Student Success

HEIDI OLSON

SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINER PROGRAM MANAGER
CHILDREN’S MERCY HOSPITAL

Heidi Olson (RN, MSN, CPN, SANE-P) is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Manager at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Heidi has a wide range of experience in pediatric and forensic nursing and her role includes performing forensic exams on children who have been victims of sexual assault, communicating with law enforcement, and child protective services and serving as an expert witness in criminal trials. Heidi has performed or reviewed over 1,200 child sexual abuses exams in the last 2 years and has presented over 200 times about recognizing human trafficking, child-on-child sexual assault and pornography, and sexual violence trends.

PLENARY: Compromised Communities: Snapshots
TITLE OF WORKSHOP:
Amy Looks Like Everyone Else: Experiences from a Sexual Assault Nurse

RICHARD ROMERO

PROGRAM SPECIALIST FOR LITERACY & LANGUAGE
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Richard Romero is an English Language Development (ELD) Program Specialist at Orange County Department of Education, with over thirty years of experience as an educator. He has a background in secondary education. He began his career at Los Angeles Unified School District and worked in Riverside County before coming to Orange County. Richard has taught all levels of ELD and all levels of English Language Arts (ELA). Richard has also led interdisciplinary teams at the middle school level and has served in numerous curriculum development committees and has been a Bilingual Coordinator and ELD Instructional Coach, Mentor Teacher, and GATE/AP Coordinator. He has also taught at the college level as an adjunct professor of all English Composition levels, from developmental to advanced composition courses. More importantly, Richard has worked with various school site councils that involves families and community members. He has also led family engagement projects and has presented at parent and family workshops. Finally, Richard believes in working collaboratively and conscientiously alongside parents, educators, district and site leaders, and community allies and advocates who will all work on behalf of our students to help them discover that they have voice and agency so that they will ultimately thrive in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Habits of the Mind

CASSANDRA SCHROEDER​

PROJECT ASSISTANT, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Cassandra is an experienced health educator who specializes in the areas of substance abuse prevention and building leadership skills among youth. She has a Master’s in Public Health and has a Master Certified Health Education Specialist credential.

TITLE OF WORKSHOP #1: An Introduction to Developmental Assets: A Guide To Raising Healthy Children
TITLE OF WORKSHOP #2: Creating Youth-Led Change: Principles of Positive Youth Development

ANH TRUONG

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY
ANTI-SEX AND LABOR TRAFFICKING UNIT

Anh Truong is currently the Supervising Attorney of the Sex and Labor Trafficking Unit at the LA City Attorney’s Office. He chairs the Labor Trafficking Subcommittee of the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, and is also a member of the Asian Pacific Islander Human Trafficking Task Force. Anh has drafted state legislation to expand civil abatement laws to address human trafficking as well as to permit local municipal enforcement of human trafficking laws. He has also filed civil abatement actions against motels that have served as bases for human trafficking, narcotics, and other illegal activities. With respect to implementing a victim-centered approach, Anh has handled some of the first SB823 vacatur petitions filed by counsel to vacate a victim’s prior arrests and convictions for violations they were forced to commit while being trafficked. Notably, he also co-founded Project Beacon, a prefiling diversion program that allows Journey Out, a victim services provider, to: (1) screen for victims of human trafficking and to get them appropriate services, including legal services to handle SB823 vacatur petitions; and (2) provide an earlier opportunity for intervention, education and empowerment for those who are involved in commercial sex but do not immediately identify as victims

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