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Speaking Up + Speaking Out Luncheon
September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
This North Texas Giving Day, September 23rd, 2021, please join CHILDREN AT RISK for our first ever Speaking Up + Speaking Out luncheon! Hosted at the La Cima Club in Irving, join us to learn about our anti-trafficking efforts, hear from those working on the front lines, and help us honor North Texas community leaders, and advocates working to end human trafficking and support survivors.
Registration starts at 11:30. I Program starts at 12 noon.
La Cima Club I 5214 N O’Connor Rd, Suite 2600, Irving – TX 75039
Contact Leandra Guy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Cook Children’s Health Care System
North Texas Commission
Meet our Keynote Speaker Bekah Charleston!
Bekah Charleston is a nationally respected anti-trafficking leader and dynamic public speaker. After enduring a decade of abuse and exploitation, she built a career dedicated to the empowerment of survivors.
In 2013, she launched Bekah Speaks Out to train and consult with law enforcement, service providers, and community leaders. Since then, Charleston has earned degrees in criminal justice and criminology, filed a federal lawsuit, and worked with senators to advocate for the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act. She is a member of the Fort Worth and Dallas Human Trafficking Task Forces. Watch Bekah’s powerful TEDx talk below.
Meet our Special Honorees!
Ty Bowden I The Net
A Fort Worth native and TCU political science grad, Ty hasn’t had to go very far to pursue his passions. After starting volunteer work with The Net in 2013 while at TCU, Ty is now the Associate Director. Ty is passionate about bringing men to the fight for justice in Fort Worth and across the country. A leader in the demand disruption movement in Texas, Ty has trained dozens of men to engage and disrupt potential sex buyers over the last several years, as well as personally interacted with hundreds of buyers
Mark and Terry Demler I Project Moses
Mark and Terry Demler, parishoners at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church founded Project Moses to highlight the truths of human trafficking and share the Light of Christ with its survivors. Project Moses provides support and mentoring to survivors and their families, meals and food items, and assists in the refurbishing and upkeep of safe houses. The organization promotes education and awareness in the community and outreach to survivors through collaboration with community partners.
Chad Frymire I Dallas CASA
Chad Frymire is a Program Director at Dallas CASA, where he has worked for 13 years. He is the President of the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking, comprised of over 50 businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and Law Enforcement in the Dallas/Ft Worth area who fight human trafficking. He represents CASA on the Governor’s Office Child Sex Trafficking Multi-Disciplinary Team and leads anti-trafficking initiatives with Texas CASA. He is on the board of the Region 3 Foster Care Consortium and the Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Tonya Stafford I It’s Going To Be OK!
Tonya Stafford founded It’s Going to Be OK! In 2014 with the vision to eradicate human trafficking one survivor at a time through rescue, restoration, and education. Tonya’s commitment to the safety of women, young girls, and children stems from her experience as a childhood victim and journey as a survivor. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, and is a Certified Mediator, a Registered Level Trainer with The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System, and a two-term Board Member for Head Start of Greater Dallas, Texas Head Start Association, and HSGD Policy Council. Tonya has also been trained by Texas Against Sexual Assault.
Special Agent John Kochan | Homeland Security Investigations
Special Agent Kochan has been working in law enforcement since 1998 with experience in federal, state, and local agencies. Since 2015, he has been conducting investigations in child sex trafficking with Homeland Security Investigations in their Homan Trafficking Investigations Group in Dallas. Special Agent Kochan is deeply passionate about this cause, and his body of anti-trafficking work is highly regarded in the North Texas region.