What does the 2012 Trafficking In America Conference look like? As a visionary I always tend to see the finished product before starting anything. My vision for the 2012 conference is broad in scope as compared to the 2011 conference. We will have a selection of topics and speakers to pick from along with the main presenters. I’ve already been in contact with numerous speakers and am building outlines now. We will make our decisions by end of summer and post them all then.
Our key Note Speaker has been obtained. She was on my list as a presenter for 2011 but was out of the country at the time of the conference. Norma Ramos is one of the most incredible people I have the pleasure of knowing. Marion and I met her in 2007. She was one of the first to review our film, A Dance For Bethany. A few months later, Marion and I had the opportunity of meeting Norma over dinner in New York and have been connected ever since. She has spent her life working on behalf of human rights. In 2007, she was instrumental in getting law makers of NY to create stiffer penalties for the Johns who prostitute women. She spearheaded the movement to get Craig’s List to remove their Adult Only Page and celebrated that victory in 2010 after the San Fransisco rally. Norma speaks in colleges across the country and works around the world as Executive Director of Coalition Against Trafficking of Women International, the most viewed NGO on Human Trafficking In America. You will be completely inspired when you meet Norma. Her passion is contagious.
One of the visions of the perpetual conference is to not only educate us but to help us understand that the real solutions lie in our own perceptions of the life cycle of transformation through restoration. This is what will bring a real end to human trafficking. Changing lives through changing hearts. With this in mind we have a very special presenter lined up who has experienced one such life change. We have a dear friend who has been an inmate in the Florida Prison system for 30 years. Marion and I consider him a real brother. We’ve visited him in prison over the years and spoken over the phone and through letters consistently; Marion since meeting him in the 80′s in his ministry classes, and me since Marion and I married in 1993. This young man has a tremendous story of restoration and hope. He has created educational programs for the prisons in FL and serves as an instructor for those programs. His success rate is overwhelmingly positive. When talking with him after the conference he told me that he wanted to create a presentation for the 2012 conference. After sharing his idea I wept (you all know I tend to do that when I’m highly touched in my heart). This young man WAS a sex offender as a teenager and he is going to prepare the topic, “The Criminal Mind” and get it videoed for the conference. You will be blessed and his presentation will add to the focus on demand reduction.
We’ll keep you updated as regularly as possible while we make preparations to fulfill the new vision of what will prove to be another informative and educational event. And as always, thank you for your commitment to making America a slave free country.