Rep. Davis to Host Human Trafficking Summit in Champaign
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) will be hosting a summit on human trafficking from 10:00am – 11:30am on Thursday, May 15, at Parkland College, Room D244, in Champaign.
“Human trafficking is a $9 billion a year industry that affects more than 20 million victims, primarily young women and girls, around the world,” said Davis. “As a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force, I am working to raise awareness to this issue and offer concrete solutions to put an end to this abhorrent practice in America. So I’m pleased be able to host this summit to give area residents the opportunity to speak directly with and learn from experts on this important issue.”
The Human Trafficking Summit will help to shine a light on human trafficking in this area and the rest of the state. It will feature a panel with four guest speakers to lead the discussion on the issue and participate in a conversation about working together to expose and end human trafficking.
The guest speakers include Chris Baker, Founder of INK 180; Aubrey Lloyd, Co-Founder of Uncaged Ministries, Clinical Consultant for Sarah’s Home and a human trafficking survivor; Carolyn Klaus, formed and chaired the Kankakee-Iroquois Human Trafficking Task Force; and Dr. Erin Heil, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
The event is free and open to the public. The media is welcome to attend.
Please note that guest speakers can be made available to the media for interviews before or after the event.
Chris Baker - Founder of INK 180, a non-profit organization in Suburban Chicago that offers free tattoo removal and free tattoo cover-ups. Chris offers this service to former gang members, victims of sex trafficking, cutters, drug users, and really anyone who has a tattoo that is keeping them from living life to its fullest. Chris founded INK 180 in October of 2011 and through the first two years, INK 180 has covered or removed over 1,800 tattoos free of charge. Chris is also a member of the Board of Directors at Big Life Community Church in Oswego, IL and an Outreach Minister. Baker is married to his wife Lisa and they have three children.
Aubrey Lloyd - Co-Founder of Uncaged Ministries, Clinical Consultant for Sarah's Home and Human Trafficking Survivor: Lloyd has 14 years of nonprofit experience, working with populations affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health issues and poverty. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work. She has provided education and intervention services around the issue of Human Trafficking across the country and has recently been invited to share her expertise in Washington D.C. In 2013 Lloyd helped open a restoration home (Sarah's Home) for teen trafficking victims, and continues to provide Sarah's Home clinical and survivor based consultation. She currently resides in Indiana where her and her husband run Uncaged Ministries, where they provide services and support to both men and women, victims of trafficking, exploiters and purchasers, helping to heal and end all perspectives of exploitation.
Carolyn Klaus - Formed and Chaired the KIHTTF (Kankakee-Iroquois Human Trafficking Task Force) Carolyn’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree in both Elementary and Secondary Education. This year she will be completing victims of human trafficking coaching certification program through B.E.S.T. (Building Empowerment by Stopping Trafficking, which is an internationally accredited organization through Certified Coaches Alliance).
Most recently she served as Advocacy Coordinator for KC-CASA in 2012 and 2013. During that time, she formed and chaired the KIHTTF (Kankakee-Iroquois Human Trafficking Task Force), as well as attended numerous human trafficking trainings and conferences in Illinois, Minnesota, and Colorado. While she no longer chairs the task force or is at KC-CASA, she remains a member of KIHTTF and is also very active in anti-human trafficking efforts in our community and state wide.
Dr. Erin Heil – Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Dr. Heil has been conducting research on domestic human trafficking since 2008 and has since published a number of articles, as well as a book entitled Sex Slaves and Serfs: The Dynamics of Human Trafficking in a Small Florida Town. She is currently conducting research on human trafficking in St. Louis and the Metro East Region, focusing on the local and legal responses to trafficking in the community. Her current research is the basis for her upcoming book, co-authored with Dr. Andrea Nichols, which will be released in 2015.