Experts Will Speak in Panel on Human Trafficking

  • Robert Callahan
    Robert Callahan, J.D., will be one of three experts featured in a panel on human trafficking at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. (Courtesy photo)
  • Theresa Flores
    Theresa Flores, trafficking survivor and founder of TraffickFree, will provide her perspective in the panel, hosted by the Academy for Leadership Development. (Courtesy photo)
  • Emily Mills
    The third panelist will be Emily Mills, Baylor alumna and founder of the Christian organization Jesus Said Love. (Courtesy photo)
March 17, 2017

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WACO, Texas (March 17, 2017) – Three experts will speak about human trafficking in a panel hosted by the Academy for Leadership Development at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Room 250 of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, 1621 S. Third St.

“One of the common misconceptions is that human trafficking is something that only happens overseas or it happens when you travel,” said Lamar Bryant, director for student leadership education and development in the Academy for Leadership Development. “We’re actually dealing with it in the United States, and in Texas as well. It’s something that hits home, and we all have a part to play in eradicating human trafficking.”

The panel will feature three speakers who have diverse perspectives on the issue: Lawyer Robert Callahan, trafficking survivor and activist Theresa Flores and activist Emily Mills.

After graduating from Baylor Law School, Robert Callahan, J.D., formed Callahan & King Attorneys at Law in Waco. Callahan now volunteers his services to the local chapter of UnBound, a Christian organization which fights human trafficking through prevention, professional training and survivor advocacy.

Theresa Flores is a trafficking survivor and founder of TraffickFree, an organization that builds awareness about domestic sex trafficking and sexually exploited children in the U.S. Flores is also the author of the USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling memoir The Slave Across the Street. Through her outreach, Flores has been featured in shows such as The Today Show, Nightline and America’s Most Wanted.

Emily Mills is a Baylor alumna who founded Jesus Said Love, a Christian organization that strives to share the love of Christ with women in the commercial sex industry.

“The speakers we are bringing for the panel all have a different perspective to contribute to the conversation on human trafficking,” Bryant said. “People who work for organizations that are geared towards eradicating human trafficking, then also having the legal perspective.”

The ALD Lecture Series brings national and international speakers to campus to lecture on a variety of issues relating to leadership in modern society.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and a full schedule for the ALD Lecture Series, click here.

by Kalli Damschen, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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