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Southern Oregon Human Trafficking Disruptors Summit

March 22-23, 2024 • Ashland, Oregon • Watch VIDEOS or GET DVDs

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ANP Conference Series, Ride My Road & RVML Present: 

The Southern Oregon Human
Trafficking Disruptors Summit

March 22-23, 2024 • Ashland, OR

12 Presenters + 16 Exhibitors


Did you know? Over 20 million people are trafficked around the world at any moment in time. Southern Oregon is a hotspot in the nation for labor and sex trafficking. How it happens might surprise you. Less than 5% of trafficking cases in the United States result from kidnapping or abductions.

Human trafficking extends beyond sexual exploitation to labor trafficking in the illegal cannabis operations in Southern Oregon, where migrant workers are treated as slaves. It’s happening every day in our communities.

This two-day, deep-dive educational and networking summit is for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the realities of human trafficking in Southern Oregon, the Nation, and the World.

  •    Over 20 million people are trafficked around the world at any moment in time.
  •    Less than 5% of trafficking cases in the United States result from kidnapping or abductions.
  •    Southern Oregon is a major hotspot in the nation. It’s a crisis happening every day in our communities.

From start to finish, this event brings together experts, advocates, and community members to discuss strategies for combating human trafficking and supporting survivors. Learn tools and skills to identify what trafficking looks like, and discover surprising solutions to help keep our communities safe.

“By coming together as a community, we can disrupt the cycle of human trafficking and create a safer, more just society for all. This unique event is critical in raising awareness and mobilizing action to address this troubling meta-issue in our society.”
– Lauren Trantham, Event Co-Producer


Areas of Focus: Human Trafficking 101 • Familial Trafficking • Labor Trafficking • Sex Trafficking • Online Exploitation • Avenues of Victimization • Self Care • Demand Reduction • Presentations by Local Agencies, and More.

 16 Exhibitors • Click to Learn More

Produced by Architects of the New Paradigm Conferences, Ride My Road & RVML Resource Center
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Rebecca Bender, MA

Rebecca Bender, MA is a social activist, speaker, author, and CEO who has earned a distinct reputation as a trailblazer and nationally recognized authority in the anti-human trafficking movement. She was appointed to the National Advisory Council and regularly testifies as an expert witness in court prosecuting perpetrators. Her specialized trainings have equipped over 100,000 professionals including FBI, Homeland Security, regional law enforcement, community leaders, and medical personnel.

After escaping her trafficker in 2007, Rebecca was determined to make a new life for herself and her young daughter. She worked hard, eventually opening her own business and earning a Master’s degree. While she was attending college online, Rebecca dreamed of launching a school for survivors of human trafficking. In 2014, Elevate Academy was born, and within eight years had served over 1,000 students in 18 countries, and 575+ cities across the country. This innovative online school is thriving today and remains a place where survivors continue to connect, grow and find tools to ignite their futures. WATCH VIDEO

Steve Bohn

Detective Steve Bohn has worked in law enforcement for over twenty-four years.  He has been employed with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for over thirteen years, with the last eleven years assigned to investigations on the Special Victims Unit.  Before joining the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Office, Detective Bohn served for seven years with the Central Point Police Department, following by an additional three years as a police officer for the Phoenix Oregon Police Department.

Online child exploitation is a critical and growing concern, as digital platforms increasingly become a part of daily life for children and adolescents. This presentation aims to shed light on various dangers associated with online exploitation and local investigations into online child exploitation, detailing how law enforcement agencies and community organizations work tirelessly to identify and protect victims. We will show examples of the various dangers associated with online exploitation, including grooming, sextortion, and the distribution of illicit materials. Additionally, we will discuss some of the signs of exploitation such as changes in behavior and secrecy about online activities that parents, teachers, and community members need to be vigilant about. Understanding these elements is crucial in fostering a safe online environment for our children, and it underscores the importance of collective action in combating this form of abuse. WATCH VIDEO

Christine Cesa, MA

Christine Cesa
is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters in Intercultural Studies with Children at Risk and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ashland University. Christine has served as the Services Coordinator with the Avery Center. Additionally, she has served as the Survivor Advocate with CAST LA and Dignity Health responding to survivors of human trafficking in the healthcare system, providing emergency services and advocacy to patients. Christine is a subject matter expert with specific expertise in familial trafficking. Furthermore, she currently serves as a consultant with the Office for Victims of Crime and the State Department. In addition, she serves on the Board of Ride My Road and the Resilience Fund with Polaris Project. Highlights included being published author on TIP report in 2021, Navigating the Unique Challenges In Familial Trafficking, 2023 TIP report, Equity In Survivor Leadership, and one of the co-authors in an anthology, “Medical Perspectives in Human Trafficking In Adolescents.” Christine has trained numerous healthcare systems and spoken at conferences such as the National Conference on Ending Sexual Exploitation, GRIT, Crimes Against Women, JUST, Build Beyond, and other similar presentations. WATCH VIDEO (Panel Appearance) Note: Christine’s lecture was not recorded at her request.

Justin Euteneier

As Director of Programs at Epik Project, Justin Euteneier equips male civilians in the US to speak directly to sex buyers at the point of sale, disrupt cultural acceptance of exploitation, and seek areas of our lives as men where we can work towards creating an equitable and flourishing culture. Justin holds a Master’s Graduate Degree in Social Justice from Kilns College, has presented at MIT Counter Human Trafficking Workshop, and has 10+ years working in the anti-human trafficking movement. At Epik Project, Justin has designed and built an innovative buyer engagement platform that has led to over 200,000 purchase attempts from 100,000 buyers in the US utilizing all-male volunteer efforts. WATCH VIDEO

Sarah Jagger

Sarah Jagger has worked in law enforcement for 12 years. She has been employed with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for just under 10 years, with the last seven years working as an analyst for the Criminal Investigations Division. Before joining CID Sarah was a criminal records clerk for JCSO and before that a 911 dispatcher and criminal records clerk for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department in Martinez California. WATCH VIDEO

Lisa Manyon is known as The Business Marketing Architect. She’s the Founder of Write On Creative, the host of the podcast Your Message Matters, and a bestselling, award-winning author. She teaches, trains, and transforms on two core topics: 1) Marketing with Integrity and 2) Healing With Love.

She is the author of the bestselling, award-winning book “Spiritual Sugar: The Divine Ingredients to Heal Yourself With Love” inspired by her journey with cancer. She’s also a freelance writer for Southern Oregon Magazine and the Southern Oregon Business Journal.

Lisa is available for speaking engagements, workshops, employee wellness programs, custom marketing consulting, and magazine articles by assignment. She lives in magical Ashland, Oregon. WATCH VIDEOS: DAY 1 • DAY 2

Alhena Herrera Martin
Oregon Dept. of Justice

Alhena Herrera Martin is the Labor Trafficking Specialist with the Trafficking Response & Intervention Program (T.R.I.P Team) within the Oregon Department of Justice’s Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division. Although new to the role, Alhena is equipped with over half a decade of victim advocacy working with victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking in both system and community-based organizations while emphasizing a multi-disciplinary, trauma-informed, and victim-centered approach.

Alhena began her experience collectively working with survivors of trafficking who were seeking a T or U Visas in her role as a Paralegal, in addition to interning for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Human Trafficking Division before joining a community-based organization to oversee, manage and implement the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP) in partnership with OTIP and provide services for adults and minors who have experienced sex and/or labor trafficking throughout Oregon.

Most recently, prior to joining DOJ, she worked as a victim advocate for the Multnomah County’s District Attorney’ s office working in the Human trafficking Team, Domestic Violence and Major Crimes units, working collaboratively with community members, law enforcement, medical providers, while working to support and advocate for victims, survivors and surviving family members. As a member of the T.R.I.P. team, State’s Labor Trafficking Task Force, and Labor Trafficking Subcommittees, Alhena has a profound purpose to advance efforts, bring awareness, response, and trainings, collaboratively and collectively, to address labor trafficking across the state. WATCH VIDEO

Tomas Perez

Tomas Perez began engaging in the anti-trafficking fight in 2010 and quickly noticed that while men are the primary drivers behind the demand that drives sex trafficking, very few were practically involved in effective efforts to abolish it. His vision to create meaningful onramps for men to engage in this issue has resulted in the training, equipping, and support of hundreds of volunteer men across 20 cities in North America. Tom is an active member of several local and national collaborative efforts to eradicate commercial sexual exploitation. Tom also serves as the demand reduction specialist on the Oregon Attorney General’s Trafficking Advisory Committee. He previously led a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, prosecution, business, and faith communities as the head of the demand subcommittee for the Multnomah Co. Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children or “CSEC” Executive Team. Tom has presented both locally and nationally on the centrality of equipping male allies and focusing on demand reduction as a critical component to any strategy serious about combating sex trafficking. These presentations include The National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Youth and the United Nations Global Council on the Status of Women. WATCH VIDEO

Katrina Taylor-Sims
Empower. Protect. Invest.

Katrina “Tina” Taylor-Sims carries on the legacy of her grandmother, the late Agnes Baker-Pilgrim, and her late father, Keith Taylor, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz in Oregon. For over a decade, Tina has dedicated herself to eradicating human trafficking through education, awareness, and empowering survivors.

Currently the Awareness Director at EPI in Humboldt County, CA- Tina runs a local trafficking hotline a drop-in center for survivors and implements prevention education programs. She has worked directly with tribal youth and local high schools to share curriculums on recognizing the signs of trafficking. Tina also trains police, first responders, and community members on identifying and responding appropriately to human trafficking situations.

As a lived experience expert, Tina shares her own story with profound wisdom and sincerity. She inspires others with her unshakable belief that connecting to one’s culture provides strength and resilience. Tina’s passion for this work emanates from a place of service to both her ancestral community and exploitation survivors. WATCH VIDEO

Lauren Trantham

Lauren Trantham is the Co-Producer of the 2024 Southern Oregon Human Trafficking Disruptors Summit. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Ride My Road, a national anti-human trafficking organization founded in 2016. As a photographer, Lauren has had the honor of photographing over 80 American survivors of human trafficking. In addition to hosting events across the country, Ride My Road has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support survivors to reclaim their lives.

Through their online platform Disruptors University, Ride My Road also provides online education for everyday people to learn about the realities of Human Trafficking in The United States. With a focus on Survivor Leadership and community outreach, Ride My Road envisions a world free from exploitation. WATCH VIDEO
Hear Lauren’s Interview with Geoffrey Riley on JPR Radio (15 Min.)

Rosa Van Gordon
is a trafficking confidential advocate with Community Works in Medford, Oregon, with a background in advocating for children and their families who have been abused. Through coordination of the Jackson County Coalition Against Sex Trafficking Task Force, Rosa strives to build a community that is educated on what trafficking looks like, empathetic for the survivors of trafficking, and inspired to get involved in the anti-trafficking movement. WATCH VIDEO


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Presented by: Architects of the New Paradigm Conference Series, Ride My Road and RVML Community Resource Center with Jackson County Coalition Against Sex Trafficking. TOP 



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