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
MELISSA FARLEY, PHD, Executive Director of Prostitution Research & Education
Melissa Farley, Ph.D. is the executive director of Prostitution Research and Education, a resource for scholars, policymakers, survivors of prostitution, and advocates. Farley has 49 publications in the field of violence against women, of which 33 peer-reviewed articles focus on prostitution, pornography, and sex trafficking. Her work, with many coauthors, has been used by governments in South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, Cambodia, and United States for education and policy development. She co-authored the first international survey of prostitution and PTSD in nine countries (2003); the first psychological research on the lives of trafficked Native American women in the United States (2011); and the first study comparing sex buyers to non-sex buyers (2015). www.prostitutionresearch.com Email: email@example.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.
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
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FBI Victim Specialist, Anchorage Division