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Amanda Mohl

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Amanda Mohl is an active member of the Missouri Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force and the Missouri Supreme Court Combating Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Commission. For four years, she acted as the Anti-Trafficking Community Coordinator at the International Institute of St. Louis. As the organizer for the St. Louis Rescue and Restore Coalition, she provided leadership and technical assistance to coalition members; coordinated coalition initiatives in the areas of education, public awareness, and outreach; and tracked and reported all program outcomes. Amanda received her MA in International Development from the University of Denver in 2010. Her professional background includes work in refugee resettlement, educational programming, and grant and project management. Amanda can be reached at amandamohl@gmail.com.


 


Catherine Vannier, Missouri Office of Prosecution Services

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Catherine Vannier is the Family Violence and Vulnerable Victims Resource Prosecutor for the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services (MOPS). Catherine’s program was originally created by a Violence Against Women Act grant as a part of a larger, joint effort between the Office of State Courts’ Administrator, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to improve Missouri’s response to domestic and sexual violence crimes.

Over more than 11 years, Catherine has developed and expanded the Program to assist and train thousands of justice professionals. Prior to coming to MOPS, Catherine had 11 years of experience prosecuting criminal cases full time. During her tenure as a line prosecutor, she learned the importance of coordinating the community’s response to violence, sitting as a board member on the local family violence council, as well other police and community task forces and committees.

Catherine received the 2012 James P. Damos Award by the Missouri Victims’ Assistance Network (MOVA) in recognition of her willingness to go above and beyond her designated duties in order to effect positive change for victims. Catherine also received a 2010 Citizen’s Service Award from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for her work in assisting the Police Department in training its dispatchers, officers, detectives and supervisors to have the knowledge necessary when responding to family violence crimes.

Catherine serves as an appointed member of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force, as well as the Supreme Court’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking and the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Catherine chairs the Commission’s Domestic Violence Training Subgroup. She also chaired the Task Force’s Multi-Disciplinary Team Best Practices Working Group from 2013 to 2017. Catherine serves on a number of other groups, including the Department of Public Safety’s Cyber Crimes Advisory Group, the State Child Fatality Review Panel, the Sexual Assault Response Working Group, the Department of Public Safety’s STOP Implementation Group, the Missouri Victim’s Assistance Network’s Board of Directors and the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s Best Practices Initiative Special Victims’ Subcommittee.

Catherine Vannier can be reached at: catherine.vannier@prosecutors.mo.gov


Carmen Guynn

Carmen R. Guynn is a native of St. Louis and has been a volunteer member of the Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation (CATE) for the past 9 years. During this time, she participated in many community awareness outreach events, was a guest speaker on panels, and conducted human trafficking training sessions throughout the city of St. Louis. Ms. Guynn stepped away from her 14 year career of engineering to work as a full time advocate against human trafficking as the Director of CATE.  Currently she works with community members, service providers, and on the Missouri Attorney General's Human Trafficking Task Force to build resources, best practices, and collaboration to fight against this crime. Her goal is to always be the voice to the voiceless. Carmen holds a Master in Business Administration from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO and a Certificate of Evidence Based Coaching from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Contact Carmen Guynn at adrdancestl@gmail.com


Jason Seward, Healing Action

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Jason Seward is the Director of Development and Community Engagement for Healing Action Network in St. Louis, Missouri. Jason earned a Master’s of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University, and has worked in community mental health for over 10 years, first at the largest youth crisis center in Nova Scotia, Canada, and then with adults in St. Louis, Missouri. Starting with Healing Action in 2015, Jason has facilitated trainings for the St. Louis City Police Department, St. Louis County Public Defender’s office and the Division of Probation and Parole on issues relating to sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, including identification and trauma-informed interaction strategies. Jason can be reached at jason.seward@healingaction.org.


 

 

Katie Rhoades, Healing Action

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Katie Rhoades, MSW is the founder and executive director of Healing Action, a St. Louis Based NPO that provides direct services to adult survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. She holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work. Katie’s professional experiences spans 14 years working in the mental health field with adults who experience severe and persistent mental health concerns and has spent the last 10 years within the anti-trafficking movement. Prior to her education and professional experience, she was a victim of sex trafficking and spent 3 years in the sex trade. Fortunately, she was able to leave “the life” in 2002 and begin her own journey of healing and restoration. Katie can be reached at katie.rhoades@healingaction.org.


 
 

Kris Wade, The Justice Project KC

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Kris Wade is currently the executive director of the Justice Project KC, a nonprofit human rights organization in Kansas City, Missouri, providing advocacy, system navigation, and survivor support for women in poverty suffering from a host of challenges, including homelessness, domestic violence, mental illness, addiction, prostitution, or other forms of sexual abuse, exploitation/ and human trafficking. Kris is a member of the community advisory board of the Missouri Reentry Program of Missouri Probation and Parole, a member of the US Dept of Justice Coalition Against Human Trafficking, an Appointee to the Human Trafficking Task Force of the Missouri Attorney General's Office and Kansas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board, and a member of the Family Court of Jackson County Juvenile Division Advocacy and Mentoring Program. Kris is an author of “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Independence and Kansas City, Missouri,” (2008) published by Shared Hope International and the United States Department of Justice and has been is guest lecturer at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Mo., Fontbonne University St Louis, Mo.; Contributing panelist on human trafficking at the United Nations Commission on Women. Kris received a BA in Criminal Justice, Criminology and Sociology at Emporia State University and the University of Missouri Kansas City. Kris is a survivor of a number of crimes against women. Kris can be reached at 816-769-3307.


Lindsey Ellis, The Covering House

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Lindsey Ellis is currently the Director of Operations at the Covering House, a place offering refuge and restoration to domestic minors who have experienced some form of sex trafficking and/or exploitation. Their services include residential care, counseling, education, and case management. The Covering House has received local, regional, and national recognition from media sources such as NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as several St. Louis and national radio programs.

Prior to coming to The Covering House, Lindsey worked for over 12 years with high risk/elevated needs populations in residential and educational settings, with 8 years working specifically with sexually maladaptive clients. She has assisted with program development and training, as well as providing direct services to clients. 

Lindsey received her Master’s Degree from The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and her Bachelor’s Degree from College of the Ozarks where she was honored as the 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni. Lindsey can be reached at lellis@thecoveringhouse.org

 

 

Pam Hamilton, Training Specialist, Cornerstones of Care

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As a training specialist, Pam is responsible for creating innovative curricula and trainings. Pam developed the Human Trafficking and Child Welfare training for Missouri’s Children’s Division, and has traveled throughout the state educating and equipping providers to recognize and respond to trafficking victims. Her recent appointment to the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force has affirmed her expertise in this area. She has also created the resiliency curriculum being used throughout the state of Missouri. She is the lead consultant in areas of trauma and secondary stress, integrating her experience as a therapist and speaker. Pam speaks to many organizations and professions about trafficking, trauma and resiliency.  

Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Domestic Mediator, and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. Pam is employed by Cornerstones of Care as a trainer, specializing in human trafficking, trauma and resiliency. She prefers water over land, is an avid pickle ball player, feels too young to have 10 grandchildren, but most importantly hopes she will make a difference in someone’s life through her work. 

HIGHLIGHTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS : 2017 Appointment to Missouri’s state Human Trafficking Task Force by Attorney General Hawley, Development of training implemented throughout Missouri social services titled “Human Trafficking and Child Welfare” which has been instrumental in raising awareness in social services and, most importantly, has led to the identification and recovery of victims, Presentation of over 150 trainings on Human Trafficking. Presentations include K.C. Bar Association, School Nurse Association, Missouri Kansas Behavioral Health Conference, FFTA National Conference, mental health providers, foster parents, university classes and school counselors, Development of training implemented throughout Missouri Children’s Division to address secondary stress and increase resiliency among CD staff “Promoting Resilience and Reducing Secondary Trauma in Missouri’s Child Welfare Staff” an adaptation of ACS-NYU Children’s Trauma Institute, Consultant to Children’s Division employees for assessment and coaching in regards to trauma, Named as official source of intelligence by the FBI in field of human trafficking, Inclusion of module on Gender Based Domestic Violence for Indiana University School of Social Work’s course Global Rights for Women, based on qualitative research in Rwanda, Africa, Development of Life Coaching materials used in corporations to enhance work place relationships, Most importantly, the awareness that whether in the therapy room or training room, something I have contributed has made a difference in the life of another person. To contact Pam, email: Pam.hamilton@cornerstonesofcare.org


Russ Tuttle, The Stop Trafficking Project

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Russ Tuttle’s primary strengths are communication, leadership, team development, and compassion. Russ is currently using his strengths to bring awareness to the crisis of human trafficking as President and Founder of The Stop Trafficking Project. Russ also serves as the director for a student and adult awareness and prevention strategy. Russ is a founding board member for Kansas City Street Hope. Russ is also active on the Platte County Health Department Human Trafficking Task Force as well as the MO Attorney General’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force. Russ is currently helping other coalitions in KS and MO as they develop their strategies within their local communities. The student and adult awareness and prevention strategy: The primary method of implementation is through presentations designed to 1) educate and empower students and 2) guide adults from awareness to action. A commitment to collaborate allows for presentations that provide insight into ‘the problem’ of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and at the same time offer effective ‘solutions’. These presentations have impact in a variety of settings. Russ grew up for much of his childhood and teenage years in India. This created within him the drive to serve those who are unable to help themselves. Russ brings 29 years of passion and experience in the not-for-profit world to The Stop Trafficking Project team and is the primary communicator of the vision and mission. Russ can be reached at: russ@stoptraffickingproject.com.


Shawn Wood, Shared Hope International/House of Refuge

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Shawn Wood is an active member of the Missouri Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force and is also the Community Outreach Specialist for the House of Refuge in Sikeston, Missouri. The Mission of the House of Refuge is to provide shelter and quality empowerment services for women and their children seeking to free themselves from the cycle of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault. She is currently volunteering as the Upper Midwest Regional Coordinator for Shared Hope International covering the state of Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Western Tennessee and Northeast Arkansas. She originally started working with Shared Hope International as a trained volunteer Ambassador of Hope. Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through a three-pronged approach: prevent, restore and bring justice. Her current position as Community Outreach for the House of Refuge and her volunteer position for Shared Hope has allowed her the opportunity to give over 60 presentations on the topics of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships/Teen Dating and Internet Safety. Previously, Shawn held a dual role at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office where she worked as Comptroller and as a Crime Victim Advocate for 12 years. She was also a member of the SEMO Rescue & Restore Human Trafficking Coalition, the Southeast Missouri Drug Free Communities Coalition and volunteered as a Crime Victim Advocate for the Missouri Sheriff’s Association. Shawn received her business degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. Shawn can be reached at outreach.houseofrefuge@gmail.com or 573-313-0159.


Sherrita Allen, MA, PLPC, The Covering House

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Mrs. Allen is the Program Director at The Covering House where, since 2014, she has counseled girls, boys, and transgender youth who have experienced sex trafficking and exploitation. Mrs. Allen is an alumni of Webster University where she received her Masters of Counseling. She has a twenty-one year history in social services including working direct care in residential, Foster Care Case Management, Therapeutic Foster Care Case Management, Licensing foster homes and writing home studies, Intensive In-Home Services, Family Reunification Services, Independent Living/Scattered Sites, mentoring, and individual, group, and family counseling. Mrs. Allen has a vast knowledge in behavior management and strongly advocates for individual empowerment for mental health, human rights, cultural competency and professional self-care. Mrs. Allen can be reached at: sallen@thecoveringhouse.org.



Get Help

Call the National Human Trafficking toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. 

Text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733. Message and data rates may apply.

Chat the National Human Trafficking Hotline via www.humantraffickinghotline.org/chat

 

If you or someone else are in immediate danger, please call 911. 


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