Central Valley 10th Annual Conference on Human Trafficking

Fresno EOC Central Valley Against Human Trafficking project will host the 10th Annual Roots of Resiliency Conference on Human Trafficking on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The conference will explore a multi-disciplinary approach to regional partnerships, identification and recovery for victims of human trafficking in the Central Valley. The regional conference is open to the general public and an opportunity for concerned citizens, victim service providers, public, legal and medical professionals, law enforcement and government agencies, social workers, embassy and consulate staff, faith and business leaders to be informed and congregate to support rights for victims and survivors.

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Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

Sponsorship packages available from $200. See details.

To learn more about how to become a Sponsor, contact Sarah Johnston at (559) 263-1389 or sanctuary@fresnoeoc.org.

Agenda at a Glance


9:00 a.m. OPENING SESSION Keynote Address: “Roots of Resiliency” Rebecca Bender, CEO & Founder, Rebecca Bender Initiative, Survivor Leader

11:15 a.m. WORKSHOP I

  • 1.1 Human Trafficking 101
  • 1.2 The Survivor Brain and Overcoming ACEs
  • 1.3 Gangs, Drugs and Trafficking 
  • 1.4 Survivor Informed Care


2:00 p.m.  WORKSHOP II

  • 2.1 Cultural Competency
  • 2.2 Childhood Prevention and Resiliency Building 
  • 2.3 Addressing Trafficking in the Massage Industry 
  • 2.4 Secondary Trauma and Trauma Stewardship 

3:15 p.m. CLOSING SESSION "The Intersection of Labor and Sex Trafficking"

4:45 p.m. ADJOURN

Rebecca Bender, Keynote Speaker
Rebecca Bender, Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Bio

Rebecca Bender

CEO & Founder, Rebecca Bender Initiative
Survivor Leader

Rebecca Bender is the founder and CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative (RBI). She is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert on human trafficking. After escaping nearly six years of modern day slavery, she wrote her first book, Roadmap to Redemption, followed by her recent curriculum Elevate. RBI's advanced trainings have equipped FBI, Homeland Security, Former President Jimmy Carter, local law enforcement, medical professionals, service providers, and faith communities across America. Rebecca serves as an advisor to both the Oregon DOJ Human Trafficking Council and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. She is also the recipient of the Female Overcomer Award, Unlikely Hero Award, Hero to our Generation Award and multiple FBI and Congressional recognitions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four daughters, and is currently finishing her masters. She is a sought after speaker and consultant and has been featured on the Today Show, NBC Deadline Crimes, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Sports Illustrated.


Rebecca Bender Initiative