2018 Anchorage Human Trafficking Conference Guest Speakers
COLIN A. ROSS, M.D.
Colin A. Ross received his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a Trauma Program in the Dallas, Texas area since 1991 and consults to two other Trauma Programs, one at Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and one at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. His Texas Trauma Program moved to UBH Denton in September, 2015. Dr. Ross is the author of 28 books and 200 professional papers and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Ross has spoken widely throughout North America and in Europe, China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. Besides his psychiatric research and writing, Dr. Ross has written poetry, short stories, essays, aphorisms, creative non-fiction, and screenplays. Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma Website
ERIK BAUER, J.D.
Erik Bauer received his J.D. from University of Puget Sound in 1984. Mr. Bauer began his practice defending the rights of others, obtaining vast trial experience. He has over 30 years of experience practicing law out of his home base in Tacoma, Washington. His practice has focused on representing abused children, and adults who were abused as children, in successful lawsuits against the perpetrators and other responsible entities. Mr. Bauer has tried a variety of cases in State and Federal Courts, ranging from death penalty murder cases to personal injury claims. Currently, Mr. Bauer is highly focused on a series of cases involving minor plaintiffs in lawsuits against Backpage.com, a website devoted to prostitution advertisements. Backpage has enjoyed remarkable success in providing a nationwide forum for pimps to promote for sale, their victims of human sex trafficking. Backpage makes over 37 million dollars per year in revenue from their human trafficking website. Multiple state legislatures have passed laws attempting to stymie Backpage’s ability to advertise sex trafficking victims. Backpage has successfully sued these states, thus preventing the enforcement of these laws claiming immunity under a Federal Statute. (CDA § 230)
All 50 State Attorney Generals have cooperated in another unsuccessful effort to get Backpage to cease its advertising of sex trafficking victims. Mr. Bauer was recently able to convince a Washington State Trial Court Judge to rule that the CDA § 230 does not give Backpage immunity in a case where he represents two 7th grade clients and one ninth grade client who were sold off the pages of Backpage.com to as many as 20 johns per day. The trial Court accepted Mr. Bauer’s legal theory and ruled for the plaintiffs, and Backpage has appealed the ruling on interlocutory appeal up to the Washington State Supreme Court. So far, Backpage operated with immunity. This ruling from Pierce County will hopefully blaze a legal route to end blatant advertising on the internet for child prostitutes. https://erikbauerlaw.com/
Dr. MARA KIMMEL, First Lady of the Municipality of Anchorage
Dr. Mara Kimmel has a long career in Alaskan public policy focused on issues of rights and justice. She is currently an affiliate faculty member at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at UAA and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North. Mara was recently appointed by the Governor of the State of Alaska to serve on the state’s Climate Leadership Team. She has been on faculty at the Seattle University School of Law Anchorage campus, the department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage and served as the Walter J. Hickel Professor of Strategic Development and Entrepreneurship at Alaska Pacific University. Mara is currently First Lady of the Municipality of Anchorage where she is involved with several city initiatives focused on equity, resilience and combatting human trafficking. Mara has practiced law in Alaska since 1996, and co-founded the Alaska Institute for Justice – Alaska’s only non-profit agency providing low cost immigration legal services, language access services and research and policy analysis on issues impacting human rights in Alaska. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mara worked with Alaska Native tribes on environmental governance issues.
Erin Terry, MA
FBI Victim Specialist
Erin Terry, MA is the Victim Specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with a concentration on human trafficking and crimes against children. She has worked in the field of victim services for over 15 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus of Gender Diversity and Trauma Response.
JOHN W. GAY II, LLD, CIS, MCEP
Dr. Gay is a graduate of Western Illinois University and holds a Doctorate of Laws and Letters, is a Certified Investment Specialist and a Master Certified Estate Planner; and, he also is an economist, developer, author, lecturer, lobbyist and medical practice management consultant from Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Gay is currently the Chairman of the KCRT (Key Community Response Team) and Co-Chair of the Aurora 7/20 Executive Committee. John is a graduate of both the Aurora Citizens Fire and Police Academies and presently serves as a member of the Aurora Police Department’s Disciplinary Review Board and Incident Review Board. He also serves as a member of the VWAB (Victim’s Witness Advisory Board) and is a Liaison to the HRC (Human Relations Committee).
Dr. Gay was formerly the Executive Director of the Dirksen Center and a Presidential Aide. He was also the Former Vice-Chair and Commissioner of the Veterans’ Affairs Commission for the City of Aurora. Additionally, Dr. Gay serves as a member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council and the Councils of Advisors.
JOSHUA MOORE, MAC, LMHC, BCN
Joshua Moore has a Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) from Multnomah University, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and is Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN). Joshua is the owner of Alternative Behavioral Therapy and has been practicing Neurofeedback with dissociation in conjunction with local therapists since 2013. Joshua currently uses a variety of therapies, such as Infra-low Neurofeedback, Alpha-theta, SRM Training, EMDR, CES, BAUD, Play Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Psycho-dynamic Therapy.
JEROME ELAM, President and CEO: Trafficking in America Task Force
Jerome Elam is President and CEO of Trafficking in America Task Force and a survivor of child sex trafficking, child abuse, and child pornography. He is also the child of an alcoholic and a child survivor of domestic violence as well as a child of divorce. Raised in the south, Jerome enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen to escape the nightmare he had become trapped in. That day, Jerome’s life found a new beginning as he embarked upon a journey that would show him the world and open his eyes to the strength of the human spirit. After his enlistment was finished, Jerome attended college and graduated to work in the Biotechnology sector. Motivated by the painful memory of his past, Jerome began to speak out about his abuse and found the healing force of God’s unconditional love and the joy of starting his own family. He is a fierce advocate for all children deprived of their voices, a speaker, a Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. When asked to describe his life Jerome says,” I have struggled against many things in my life and somehow I found a way to survive. Writing is my passion and it keeps me in touch with the wealth everyone holds deep inside their hearts and minds. I share my experiences in the hope that those suffering in silence will find the courage to speak out and share their voices. I have been blessed to have God reveal his purpose for me in saving innocent children from predators.” Trafficking in America Task Force Web Site: http://traffickinginamericataskforce.org/ , Read Jerome’s Communities Digital News column here: A Heart Without Compromise; Advocating for Children: http://www.commdiginews.com/column/a-heart-without-compromise-advocating-for-children-2/ Stories by Jerome Elam : Contently jeromeelam.contently.com .
KATE WHITE, Recording Artist, Speaker, Worship Leader, Songwriter and Violinist
Kate White is a Recording Artist, Speaker, Worship Leader, Songwriter and Violinist. Kate tours regionally with her band and nationally as a solo artist and speaker. She is the Founder of Music That Matters, an organization dedicated to bringing hope to the hurting. As a trauma survivor Kate began songwriting as a way to help process her own healing journey. 15 years later, Kate’s 6th album and recent release, Six Feet Down, has synthesized her deeper understanding of trauma and dissociation with lyrics and music that help give a voice to the voiceless, and strength for the journey. Music that Matters Website
Director of Program, Youth Engagement Center
Josh Louwerse is the Director of Program for the Youth Engagement Center overseeing shelter and outreach programming at Covenant House Alaska. He is a trainer of the Girls Education and Mentoring Services Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Training and has trained providers and law enforcement around the state of Alaska to identify and serve victims of commercial sexual exploitation. He currently serves on the Alaska Children’s Justice Act Task Force and as chair of the legislative sub-committee of the Anchorage Human Trafficking Working Group. Josh has a Masters of Global Urban Ministry and has 10+ years of experience working with youth and vulnerable populations.