Week of 8/16/21: Open Doors Important Updates

Monthly Cohort Calls

Thank you to all those who attended last week’s cohort calls! We thoroughly enjoyed listening and learning from the insights that were shared, and feel closer as a network as a result.

If you were unable to attend your cohort call, please watch the recording on SharePoint. The recordings can be found under Education and Training/Open Doors-Specific Training/Cohort Call Recordings/August 2021. Please reach out to Lauren Herod if you have any questions.

Introducing New Team Member Amy Dailey

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Amy Dailey, the newest Open Doors Survivor-Mentor in the Southwest Region at One More Child! Amy can be reached at amy.dailey@onemorechild.org.

Do you have any hidden talents/fun facts about you?
I enjoy painting & sculpture & I love to swim. Fun fact- I’ve snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef.

What is one achievement you’re proud of?
I’m a proud mother of two boys ages 8 and 4 years old & love their bond with each other.

What drew you to serving sex trafficked children and young adults?
I am a survivor myself & am forever grateful to a pastor & his wife that initially reached into the pit & helped me out along with the support of a few local ministries. The love & kindness I was shown gave me hope that my life could change & ultimately lead to my faith in Christ, changing my life generationally. I hope to share that same love & kindness with the trafficked children & young adults served at One More Child.


Last Chance to Register: Webinar Next Week on Grooming, Recruitment, and Prevention of Sex Trafficking
Tuesday, August 17th, 2021, 10:00-11:30AM

This month’s webinar will feature and Brittany Peck of Shared Hope International; Katherine Gomez of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; Corporal (RET) Alan Wilkett, Board Member of Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking; Survivor Leader Jamie Rosseland These speakers will lead a conversation on the realities of grooming and recruitment of sex trafficking victims, as well as highlight the role community members can play in the prevention of this heinous crime. Click here to register


Hoyt’s Tool of the Week: Free Trafficking Truths eCourse

With so much misinformation on the internet right now, it can be hard to sort through it all. This month Rebecca Bender is offering a groundbreaking eCourse Trafficking Truths, now including never-before-seen footage of an interview with John Cotton Richmond, Former Ambassador-at-Large for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Trafficking Truths is a free eCourse that features online interviews with fifteen national human trafficking experts, as well as an eBook that explains common myths. Click to Access Course

Upcoming Webinars


From Text Messages to Trafficking: A Conversation on Grooming and the Prevention of Commercial Sexual Exploitation on August 17th, 10:00-11:30am EST

Hosted by Voices for Florida and the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking

Speakers Katherine Gomez of Florida DJJ, Survivor Leader Jamie Rosseland, and Corporal Alan Wilkett of Pasco County Sheriff’s Office will discuss the various common forms of sex trafficking recruitment and how service providers can help to prevent this heinous crime. Free to participate.

Register here


Working with LGBTQ+ Survivors of Human Trafficking on August 19th at 2:00-3:30 pm EST

Hosted by the Freedom Network USA Training Institute

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of best practices when working with LGBTQ+ survivors. Presenters will cover outreach, wrap-around services, and case management, housing, and immigration services specifically available to LGBTQ+ survivors. Free to participate.

Register here


Human Trafficking and Florida Law: Going Deeper (Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center) August 20, 1:00-2:30pm EST
This webinar will take a deeper dive into both civil and criminal laws regarding human trafficking. Presenters Brent Woody of Justice Restoration Center; Daniela Donoso of Legal Services of North Florida; Paolo Annio of Public Interest Law Center; and Robin Hassler Thompson of STAC will discuss recently passed legislation, legal issues facing children – especially in the delinquency and dependency systems, human trafficking expungement law, and special topics in immigration. The Florida Bar has approved this program for 1 hour of Basic CLE credit.

Register here


The Role of Faith in the Recovery Process: A Survivor’s Perspective (Shared Hope International) on September 15, 2:00-3:30pm ET
Panelists Marjorie Saylor, Jessica Kim and Keelin Washington will be sharing their uniquely different faith journeys through their steps to recovery. They will share how faith/spirituality played a role in their lives before, during, and after exploitation. They will share about broken faiths, unanswered questions, and doubts that they never expected to be answered or restored. Finally, they will discuss how spirituality should not be overlooked in the recovery process.

Register here


A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Children and Adolescents (Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health)
Wednesday, September 23, 6:00-8:00pm ET
Presented by Erik Young, M.Ed, LPC, LMHC. Free to participate. To register, email FLRSVP@Devereux.org


Faith Community & Human Trafficking Workshop (Gateway to Fr33dom Human Trafficking Taskforce)
Thursday, September 30, 10:00am-12:00pm ET
Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. P. “Doc” Nave with Bikers Against Trafficking

Register here