Schedule and Speakers

‘Hear the Cry’ 2011 Anti-Slavery Conference

Saturday, October 15, 2011    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Texas State University, LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Schedule of Events

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM               Registration

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM               Welcome/ Opening

                                                Emcee: Susan Narvaiz, Former Mayor, San Marcos, Texas

8:45 AM – 8:55 AM               Proclamation

                                                Presenter: Daniel Guerrero, Mayor, San Marcos, Texas

8:55 AM – 9:30 AM               Overview of Human Trafficking

                                                Presenter: Abi Breeden, President, Freedom Legacy International

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM               Biblical Perspective on Justice and Hope

                                                Presenter: Tim Darnell, Pastor, Hill Country Church

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM             Break

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM           Sex Trafficking of Minors in US

                                                Presenter: Dr. Kim Kotrla, Baylor University

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM           Break

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM           Breakout Session

                                                Choice 1:        Legislative Update

                                                Presenter: State Representative Randy Weber

                                                Choice 2:        Academic Panel

                                                Panelists: Dr. Catherine Hawkins, Texas State University

                                                Dr. Kim Kotrla, Baylor University

                                                Laurie Cook Heffron, University of Texas

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM            Introduction of Exhibitors

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM               Networking Lunch

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM                 Breakout Session

                                                Choice 1:        Community Involvement Panel

                                                Panelists: ALLIES Representative – Annette Emery

                                                FRIENDS Representative – Tara Garner

                                                Choice 2:        Law Enforcement Panel

                                                Panelists: Detective Deek Moore, APD, Human Trafficking Unit

                                                Commander Penny Dunn, SMPD

                                                Detective Rene Ochoa, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM                 Break

2:15 PM – 2:50 PM                 Victim Identification

                                                Presenter: Dottie Laster, Laster Global Consulting

2:55 PM – 3:30 PM                 Safe House/Aftercare

                                                Presenter: Kathryn Griffin-Townsend, Been There Done That

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM                 Break

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM                 The Next Great Abolitionists

                                                Presenter: Crystal Chandler, Truckers Against Trafficking

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM                 Closing Remarks

5:00 PM                                  Adjourn


Speakers Bios:

Abi Breeden, President, Freedom Legacy International

Abi is currently a full-time student at Texas State University, and is graduating in December with her bachelor‘s in Communication Studies and minor in Social Work. She is currently the director of the Life Choices relationship edu-cation program of Central Texas LifeCare. In 2010, Abi was awakened to the injustice of human trafficking and sub-sequently began Freedom Legacy International. She has a passion to see the demise of the sex industry and is ready to do whatever it takes to see that happen. She has been featured on KTSW campus radio, on Trafficked—Here Women Talk Radio, and the University Star newspaper. She has also given multiple presentations to students on the Texas State University campus. Abi resides in San Marcos, TX.

Tim Darnell, Pastor, Hill Country Church

Tim is the co- pastor of Hill Country Church and an instructor for classes at the Hill Country School of Leader-ship Bible College. He also serves as a church elder and member of the Hill Country Church School board. Tim serves on the Board of Directors for Freedom Legacy International. Pastor Darnell, his wife, and two children reside in San Marcos, TX.

State Representative Randy Weber

Representative Randy Weber was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. Now in his second term, Representative Weber serves as Vice Chair of the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee as well as the Public Education Committee in the Texas House. He also serves on the Agriculture, Environment and Energy Committee and the Education Committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures, as well as the International Relations Task Force and Federal Relations Working Group for the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Representative Weber effectively championed the anti-human trafficking movement during the 81st Legislative Session by passing landmark legislation, which created a statewide human trafficking prevention taskforce, provided additional training to law enforcement, and provided legal protections to minor victims. His legislation also provided resources for domestic victims, which comprise 74 percent of the sex trade.

He continued his efforts to combat slavery during the 82nd Legislative Session through the passage of legislation that would allow for the creation of First Offender Prostitution Prevention Programs to educate offenders on the negative consequences of the commercial sex and human trafficking industries in an effort to reduce demand. Additionally, 75 percent of language filed by Representative Weber in other pieces of anti-human trafficking legislation passed into law, which will provide additional tools for law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure greater protection for victims and enhanced penalties for predators.

Representative Weber and his wife, Brenda, a Pearland school teacher, have been married for almost 35 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. He owns and operates Weber’s Air and Heat, now in its 29th year. Representative Weber has proudly made his home in the Pearland area for over 56 years.

Dr. Catherine Hawkins, Texas State University

Dr. Catherine Hawkins, LCSW, holds the MSW and Ph.D. in social work. Joining Texas State in 1991, Dr. Hawkins specializes in direct practice, bringing into class her expertise as a psychotherapist in residential, acute care, and out-patient settings. She is interested in issues of sustainability and human trafficking, as well as spirituality in social work and international social work. She has led study abroad groups to Mexico and Cambodia, and was a visiting professor at the Madras school of Social Work in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in Fall 2006

Dr. Kim Kotrla, Assistant Professor, Baylor University

Dr. Kim Kotrla practiced as a social worker in health care for 10 years. She then turned her focus toward teaching research at a small university. At the age of 34, she left her comfortable career to pursue her doctorate. She now combines her love for teaching and research in a very practical way.

“In addition to working with colleagues on marriage education projects since coming to Baylor, I am now focusing much of my work in the realm of human trafficking, which I believe is one of the greatest human justice giants that generations to come will battle. I stand in awe at the commitment of our students who stand ready to fight such injustices when they leave this campus, which makes being a part of their educational journey a true honor.”

Dr. Kotrla has developed a university – wide elective course on the issue and focuses much of her work on the commercial sexual exploitation of minors in the U.S.  Dr. Kotrla also serves on subcommittees of the state’s human trafficking prevention task force.

Laurie Cook Heffron, University of Texas

Laurie Cook Heffron, Research Program Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin. Laurie Cook Heffron, LMSW, is a research program coordinator with The University of Texas at Austin‘s Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, where she has contributed to multiple research projects since 2001. Current projects include a national pilot program to develop professional and organizational resiliency among child welfare workers, a program evaluation for services to victims of human trafficking, a statewide domestic violence prevalence study, and a program evaluation of Texas ‘Non-Report Sexual Assault forensic Exam Program. Recently, Laurie has worked with the Institute in completing a statewide evaluation on human trafficking and existing laws and social services in collaboration with the Texas Health and human Services Commission and the Office of the Attorney General. Laurie also worked with DIVSA in developing Texas-specific outcome measures to reflect service provides’ needs, practices and resources in the area of sexual assault.  Laurie studied Linguistics at Georgetown University and earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) from The University of Texas at Austin. Laurie is a licensed social worker and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having been posted in Niger, West Africa, where she worked women and children in a rural community health initiative.

Annette Emery, ALLIES Against Slavery

Annette Emery, LCSW, currently serves as chair of the Community Awareness and Education committee for ALLIES Against Slavery. ALLIES is an organization of volunteers united to activate and sustain community involvement in the anti-trafficking movement in Central Texas, and ultimately end human trafficking in Austin. She holds a M.A. in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Most of her career has been dedicated to work with women, children, and families in the area of child abuse and neglect as well as teen pregnancy. Annette currently works as a Division Administrator for the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) where she manages a team of project managers responsible for the coordination of multiple agency initiatives.

Tara Garner, FRIENDS

Tara Garner has lived in San Antonio for over 30 years. She has her Masters in Social Work and currently works at a counseling center in San Antonio as an office manager/executive assistant. As a result of being a volunteer and later a case worker for Big Brothers & Sisters, Tara became a foster parent and adopted a young lady who was a teenage mother.

In October 2010, Tara hosted children from the Restore Tour: Child Soldier No More touring group from Uganda. This sparked an interest in her to learn more about human trafficking in the South Texas area. She has, since then, joined a group of people in San Antonio who wanted to bring awareness of human trafficking to the community. After many hours of meetings, attending conferences in the area and reading what global organizations are doing around the world, they decided to start an organization, in early 2011, called FRIENDS to help collaborate efforts in the Bexar County area and to educate and bring awareness to others.

Detective Deek Moore, APD, Human Trafficking/Vice

Detective Deek Moore joined APD’s Human Trafficking/Vice Unit in June 2010. He began his law enforcement career with the Amarillo Police Department in 1995. Detective Moore came to the Austin Police Department through a modified academy in 1999, and has been assigned to various patrol areas, including bike patrol in the downtown entertainment district and West Campus area of UT. Moore has worked a variety of undercover assignments, including 5 years with Southwest Street Response – a unit that addressed street-level narcotics, prostitution, serial crimes and warrant service. In 2008 he promoted to the rank of detective, and was assigned to SW Investigations. Detective Moore served as a South Bureau night shift detective for a year before coming to the Human Trafficking Task Force. He has taken an active role in the grassroots volunteer group Allies Against Slavery, which supplements the efforts of the Central Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CTCAHT).

Detective Rene Ochoa, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

Detective Ochoa began his career with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 after being Honorably Discharged from active duty with the U.S. Army. He is currently an Investigator for the Criminal Investigations Division Violent Crimes Section assigned to the Human Trafficking Unit where he conducts proactive, long-term investigations of sex trafficking and labor trafficking crimes of domestic and foreign nationals within Bexar County and its surrounding areas in collaboration with local, state and federal agencies.

Detective Ochoa has assisted and participated in joint investigations resulting in federal prosecutions.  His training and expertise in the identification and investigation of human trafficking has resulted in successful prosecutions at both state and federal levels. He has participated in numerous panel discussions on human trafficking and has recently assisted and participated in the University of Texas Domestic Sex Trafficking Documentary “Behind Closed Doors: Voices from the Inside”.   He is the recipient of the Homeland Security Investigations “Partnerships for Public Safety” award in honor and appreciation of his dedication and contribution to ICE and their mission.

His previous assignments in the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office include Detention, Patrol, Court Security, Narcotics and General Investigations. Other areas of expertise are Special Emergency Response Team, Bike Patrol and Community Policing.

Commander Penny Dunn, SMPD

Commander Dunn started her law enforcement career in 1986 and has served with the San Marcos Police Department since 1989. Commander Dunn has served in several areas of law enforcement, including: patrol, narcotics, training, and the criminal investigations division. In 2004 Commander Dunn started the first full-time dedicated Crime Victim Services Unit in Hays County at the San Marcos Police Department. She has been qualified in State District Court and County Court-at-Law as an expert in domestic violence investigations and is the project director for the Family Justice Center (see Commander Dunn serves as past-president board member for the Village of San Marcos (a group of non-profit entities serving San Marcos, Hays County, see and is a board member for the Friends of the Family Justice Center Foundation. Commander Dunn’s current assignment in the Criminal Investigation Division includes the supervision of the Property Crimes Unit, Crimes Against Persons Unit, Evidence Section, Crime Victim Services Unit, and the Collision Investigation Team that is responsible for investigations of traffic fatalities.

Penny has been recognized for her public service achievements by receiving the following: The Community Builder Award from the Masonic Lodge of Texas in 2009, The Armstead Memorial Leadership Award from Texas State University in 2009, The 100 Club of Central Texas as Officer of the Year in 2006, The Texas Women in Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1993, Achievement Award from the International Association of Women Police in 1993, and is a recipient of five Distinguished Service Awards and one Police Commendation from the San Marcos Police Department.

Dottie Laster, Laster Global Consulting

Legal Advocate – Radio Talk Show Host – Expert on Human Trafficking

Dottie Laster works to combat Human Trafficking and protect and restore victims of this horrific and fast growing crime.

To accomplish her mission Dottie has been featured in Texas Monthly Magazine and the New York Times Blog and published in the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express News.

She is credentialed to practice immigration law with the Bernardo Kohler Center.

Dottie was trained by the Department of Justice to train law enforcement and others on the issue of Human Trafficking.

She has received the Guarding Angel Award, CYH Magazine’s Heritage Freedom Award and the Alice Wright Franzke Femenist Award.

Dottie has successfully written over $6.5 million in grants to fund victim services.

She has participated in victim rescues and consulted on legal cases related to trafficking activities. Her mission is to make communities safe for victims and hostile to traffickers.

Dottie has been instrumental in securing t-visas for victims of trafficking and in creating policies and procedures as organizations adapt to the old crime under new laws.

Dottie’s cutting edge internet radio show TRAFFICKED can be heard every Thursday at noon central on Here Women Talk Radio and she will be featured in an upcoming CNN documentary about the Long Island Murder case.

Kathryn Griffin-Townsend, Been There Done That

We’ve Been, There Done That is a result of the passion of Kathryn Griffin Townsend. We’ve Been There Done That, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of women who are caught in a cycle of substance abuse and involvement with human trafficking and the commercial sex industry, and/or codependent relationships as a way of filling an emotional and psychological void in their lives. After her birth in Inglewood California, Kathryn was put up for adoption. She was soon adopted and grew up in her new family’s hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. At the age of 16, she attended Texas Southern University (TSU) and University of Houston. Later, Kathryn pursued a career in the music industry.

While working with recording artists such as Rick James, George Clinton, Surface and many other artists, Kathryn began abusing drugs. Eventually her drug habit progressed to a $30,000.00 a month addiction and led to her involvement in prostitution in order to finance her habit. Upon entering a recovery center in 1986, she met her biological father, Ed Townsend for the first time. Her father was a famous producer who had worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole, Dionne Warwick and many others. However, it wasn’t until November 2003 when Judge Caprice Casper approved Kathryn to be one of the first to participate in the Harris County Star Drug Court that she to turn her life around. In 2004, Kathryn had a desire to assist other women with changing their life. She started a support group called We’ve Been There Done That.

Kathryn worked for Houston City Council Member Peter Brown as the Outreach Director. Through her affiliation with organizations such as Blue Print Houston, Positive Black Women’s Association of Houston, Blackdems, Phoenix House, Kumba House, MSIRP, and she continues to work tirelessly on behalf of women trapped in destructive patterns of addiction and the habit forming cycle prostitution. Kathryn serves as a board member on Friends of Emancipation Park, Inspiring to Win, Herman Park Rotary Club (Foundation Chairman), and Mission at Serenity Ranch.

Kathryn is currently a motivational speaker for the League of Women Voters, the prostitution recovery specialist for the Steve Wilkos Show on NBC, a Life Lesson and Recovery Coach at Riverside Hospital Detox Unit and Santa Maria Hostel, a facilitator for BTDT Program at Houston Recovery Campus, a representative for the Human Trafficking and Prostitution Division for State Representative Alma Allen 131 District, and the outreach for Harris County Star Drug Court 339. Beginning September 2011, Kathryn is opening an inpatient and outpatient facility to rehabilitate sex industry workers. Kathryn is the proud mother of 3 girls and 2 grandchildren and volunteers a lot of time toward the efforts of improving the lives of those that desire to change their lives.

Crystal Chandler, Truckers Against Trafficking

Crystal Chandler is a career prosecutor. She serves an assistant criminal district attorney in San Antonio, Texas. Chandler graduated magna cum laude from Incarnate Word College in 1994 where she obtained a BA in Politics with a focus in International Relations. She went on to obtain her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1997.  Chandler joined the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office in August of 1999.  She spent five years prosecuting in the Family Justice Division combating the physical and sexual abuse of children, sex crimes against adults, and family violence ranging from felony assault to capital murder. In the Criminal Trial Division, she served as a first chair prosecutor for the 399th District Court supervising junior lawyers and prosecuting violent crimes and high profile cases. Chandler currently works in the Appellate Division where she researches and provides written responses to an array of legal claims.

Crystal Chandler is a founding member and current board member of Chapter 61 Ministries, a non-profit engaged in the fight against human trafficking. Their major initiative “Truckers Against Trafficking” is a nationwide campaign dedicated to educating and raising awareness of human trafficking within the trucking industry.  Chandler and her husband, Scott Zimmerer, recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary and have two young sons, ages 6 and 7.

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