Princess Olufemi-Kayode – Lagos, Nigeria – Dr. Princess Olufemi-Kayode a survivor of sexual abuse and rape, founded Media Concern Initiative for Women and Children, working in the field of prevention and response to sexual violence against women and children in Nigeria. She began creating public awareness through a national media campaign which succeeded in breaking the silence and setting off a massive number of disclosures by victims from all parts of the country. Realizing the impact of sexual violence on the Nigerian society, she also sought institutional support to meet the needs of child and adult victims to mitigate the long-term effects on the health, safety, and productivity of Nigeria.
Linette Coats – Zephyrhills, FL Lin doesn’t let retirement slow her down. When she heard about the plight of the students in her community that were homeless she jumped into action. Recruiting her husband, Church members and anyone else she could, she began collecting clothing, health and beauty items, school supplies, food, and money. Lin organized a room at her Church and a team to take shifts manning the room a couple of days a week to allow the local high school students to “shop” for whatever they need. In addition, she also volunteers every week at her area Hospice Thrift Store.
Giselle Rodriguez – Clearwater, FL – Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking Giselle Rodriguez is the State Outreach Coordinator for the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Giselle trains staff members in numerous code enforcement, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, health care providers, Social service providers, judges, and prosecutors. She also speaks at local high schools and colleges creating awareness of the issue of human trafficking. Giselle is the Founder of the Tampa Bay Rescue and Restore and the Co-Founder of the Orlando Rescue and Restore. The Tampa Bay Rescue and Restore solely focuses on the issue of the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and how to better improve the type of services that this specific population is in need of. Due to her knowledge and experience in the field of human trafficking, Giselle has been able to collaborate and volunteer as a trainer for the Organization of America States Anti Trafficking in Persons Unit. Through the volunteer opportunity through the OAS, Giselle has been able to train law enforcement officials, immigration officials, Judges, prosecutors, and Consular officials on the issue of Human Trafficking in countries such as Jamaica, St. Kitts and various other countries throughout the Caribbean. Giselle has also coordinated several street outreach events throughout the Tampa Bay area. During one of the outreach events in Wimuama, Giselle and her volunteers were able to identify 3 potential labor trafficking victims. These 3 men, in turn, lead Giselle and The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office to an additional 4 male victims. Giselle was also the event coordinator for the outreach event that took place during Superbowl 43 in Tampa. During this particular outreach event, over 40 volunteers participated and numerous leads on potential cases were provided to local law enforcement. The Superbowl outreach was such a success that is was conducted during Superbowl 44 in Miami, Superbowl 45 in Dallas, Texas and Superbowl 47 in Indianapolis. In 2010, Giselle decided to do a similar type of outreach during the Florida Classic in Orlando. This event was successful as one young woman was rescued and various other leads for law enforcement were produced.
Tammy Gwaltney – Cape Girardeau, Missouri In 1997 Tammy brought together a group of medical, social and law personnel to address the issue of sexual violence. Since that time Tammy has put her life savings and energy into creating an organization SEMO – NASV to help the women and children that are the victims of sexual violence.
Alexis Moore – El Dorado Hills, CA Alexis Moore mixes empathy and real-world stories with humor to connect with clients, audiences and readers worldwide on the topic of 21st-century risk management. She is a pioneer when it comes to promoting the awareness of cybercrime, and fighting for victim’s rights around the world. As a consultant, Moore has been called on to provide valuable insight to corporations, agencies, academia, law enforcement and public officials around the globe, and her published works have been used to help develop groundbreaking cyberstalking legislation. Surviving her personal ordeal as a victim of stalking, identity theft, cyberstalking and domestic violence has driven her to the forefront of crime victim advocacy worldwide. Focusing her energy on studying the intricacies of the high-tech threats impacting society, and the laws (or lack thereof) that govern them, Moore is uniquely positioned when combining her experience as a high-tech investigator, survivor and crime victim’s advocate. Working as a catalyst for change, Moore brings more than just academic knowledge of risk management practices – she carries a personal connection that empowers her to speak about the following topics with conviction: Risk assessment, mitigation and management • Privacy concerns for businesses and/or individuals • Organizational policies that protect against stalking, identity theft and cyberstalking • Helping victim’s (businesses and individuals)respond effectively and efficiently