Upstander Speaker Series: Sex Trafficking in North Texas
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Unity of Dallas
6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230
Human trafficking in the DFW area, particularly of minors, is a significant issue that often goes unnoticed. Moderated by Bill Bernstein, Deputy Director of Mosaic Family Services, this discussion will feature panelists who are working to end sex trafficking in North Texas through law enforcement, activism, and sharing personal experiences of survival.
Panelists include Rebekah Charleston, Sex Trafficking Survivor; Sergeant Byron Fassett, Child Exploitation Squad, Dallas Police Department; and Lindsey Speed, Director of Programs, Traffick911.
Rebekah Charleston survived ten years trapped in the realm of human trafficking. She became involved with a trafficker at age seventeen after running away from a girls’ home in East Texas. Her terrifying experience motivates her to work with law enforcement to identify trafficking suspects and victims.
Sergeant Byron Fassett supervises the Child Exploitation Squad for the Dallas Police Department. In this role, he handles about 1,100 cases a year and leads teams that investigate child abductions and various forms of sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Sergeant Fassett also founded the High Risk Victims and Trafficking Team for the DPD.
Lindsey Speed is the Director of Programs for Traffick911. She oversees all prevention, identification and empowerment programs and operations for the organization. Traffick911’s mission is to free youth from sex trafficking.
The Upstander Speaker Series was created by the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance to showcase Upstanders – people who are willing to stand up and take action in defense of others – and inspire others to demonstrate the same courage and commitment.
The event will take place on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230. Tickets available through Eventbrite. $10 General Admission. FREE for Members. Program begins at 7 p.m.
Event Sponsor: Northern Trust
Presenting Sponsor: The Dallas Morning News
For more information, visit www.DallasHolocaustMuseum.org.