Childproof America - Safeguarding Families Against Sex Trafficking
Thanks to everyone who came out on September 8th to learn how to safeguard your families against sex trafficking.  

Please take a look through all the recap pictures and presentation videos from the event.

We look forward to seeing you next year!  September 6th & 7th, 2019!!


:Topics Included

* What is sex trafficking?  * Demographics  * International vs. domestic sex trafficking  * Spot the pimp  * Six textbook stages of grooming  * Social media/predatory apps  * The link between pornography and trafficking  *Pornography, understanding the physiochemical impact on the developing brain  * How complex trauma recalibrates the mind  * Why trauma informed counseling is critical to victims of trauma  * Combatting sex trafficking, a cultural shift  * The Blue Campaign, a federal approach to combating sex trafficking  * Legislative action plan  * and much more!

What Did Our Audience Have to Say About the Seminar?


"As a mom of a girl who has been trafficked, I am always on the lookout for resources and information.  I was excited to hear about Childproof America's mission.  Although I live in Dallas, I considered the trip a no-brainer for the opportunity to meet others who have been devastated by this evil.  Other than Senator Cruz, I didn't recognize any of the speakers; I was mainly interested in making connections with other parents.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear some of the most passionate and articulate presenters I've ever seen.  I already knew a lot about trafficking, but the variety of speakers opened my eyes to how different organizations are tackling this issue—through education as well as confronting societal issues that make trafficking possible (pornography, views of women, etc.).  The survivors' stories helped me understand my daughter's world better, and they gave me hope.  In addition to the speakers, there were representatives from various groups in the Houston area that provide education and treatment, giving me some creative ideas for my own community. "  - Mother of a Victim


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Read About Our Guest Speakers

Learn about our guest speakers that spoke at our September 8th Back to School Parent Empowerment Seminar.  Each one is an expert in their field and provided the audience with great information and a powerful presentation.  Links to their presentation video are included under their name. 
Ted Cruz
United States Senator
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The U.S. Senate passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act/Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, which seeks justice for victims of sex trafficking and ensures that websites which knowingly facilitate this horrible crime can be held liable. And on April 11, President Trump signed our legislation into law. 
I cosponsored this legislation because it combats a real threat to the most vulnerable members of our society, especially young people, the poor and immigrants.
Human trafficking is a terrible and tragic industry, affecting every community across the country. Since 2012, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has seen yearly increases in reported cases, rising to 8,524 in 2017. Even so, this is a small fraction of the total estimated cases of human trafficking and exploitation that occur in our country every year.
Unfortunately, Texas is no exception. As the University of Texas at Austin's Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault revealed in a study from late 2016, there are currently an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in our state, including approximately 79,000 minors and youth as victims of sex trafficking.
While the effect on victims of this heinous exploitation is first in our hearts, the state and its taxpayers also shoulder burdens long after crimes are committed — by funding law enforcement, prosecution and the inevitable treatment and social services required by so many victims of abuse. The same UT study estimated that the cost of care resulting from sex trafficking of minors and youth exceeds $83,000 over an average victim's lifetime, draining the state of more than $6.5 billion.
When these individuals are sexually exploited, it is often via classified ad websites like Backpage.com, some of which have knowingly played host to such activity. After a three-year joint investigation of Backpage, Texas and California attempted to hold the owners of this website accountable; until recently, they were hindered by antiquated laws which have proved unequal to 21st century trafficking methods.
Law enforcement had previously relied on the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which was never intended to offer legal protections for websites to function as intentional online platforms for prostitution. 
In December of 2016, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman dismissed charges against the owners of Backpage.com, saying that "Congress has spoken on this matter, and it is for Congress, not this court, to revisit." 
Consider it revisited.
SESTA/FOSTA clarifies the accountability of these websites and expands penalties for those who run them. We want to ensure that those who promote and enable these grotesque crimes will be held liable and brought to justice — in Texas and all over America.
This legislation passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, a welcome indication that there is still room for cooperation by both parties to protect our fellow Americans. 
According to the Department of Justice, on April 5, the CEO of Backpage, Carl Ferrer, pleaded guilty to "conspiracy to facilitate prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce and to engage in money laundering." 
By the next day, visitors to Backpage were greeted by this message: "Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division."
  
Michael McCaul
United States Congressman
Chariman of  the House Committee on Homeland Secuirty
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Congressman Michael T. McCaul is currently serving his seventh term representing Texas' 10th District in the United States Congress. The 10th Congressional District of Texas stretches from Austin to the Houston suburbs, and includes Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Harris, Lee, Travis, Washington and Waller Counties.  On January 3, 2013 - the beginning of the 113th Congress - Congressman McCaul became Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.  The Committee has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ensuring it is able to carry out its core mission of protecting the American people from terrorist attacks. 
In addition to Chairman of Homeland Security, McCaul is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the U.S.-Mexico Inter-Parliamentary Group (I.P.G.), founder of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, and co-founder of the Congressional High Tech Caucus and the Cybersecurity Caucus.
Congressman McCaul has also led efforts to combat human trafficking. Most recently, his bill – the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017 – was signed into law.  This law will better equip DHS to partner, educate, and coordinate efforts and intelligence sharing on multiple levels. It will provide resources to help deter, detect, and mitigate instances of human trafficking in our country. It will also safeguard victims and help raise public awareness of the threat human trafficking poses to our communities. McCaul continues to partner with officials, nonprofit organization leaders, and other advocates on the local, state, and federal levels to fight this modern-day slavery in Texas and across the country.

  
  

Benjamin Nolot
Founder/CEO
Exodus Cry
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Benjamin Nolot is the CEO and Founder of Exodus Cry, a Missouri-based abolition organization. Following in the footsteps of his hero, William Wilberforce, Benjamin fights to end modern-day slavery. He campaigns to shift cultural mindsets and laws that would abolish human trafficking and the commercial sex industry, thus setting people free. Benjamin has created two films, the award-winning Nefarious: Merchant of the Souls (2011) and  Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution (2017). He has been a featured speaker at the United Nations and a columnist in a plethora of online and traditional media. He also hosts a podcast at ExodusCry.com. Benjamin is driven by a core conviction that every person should be free. He resides in Kansas City with his wife Lauren and their three children: Judah David, Jovienne Faith, and Tatum Lincoln.
  

 Kelly Litvak
Founder/Executive Director
Childproof America
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Kelly's personal mission statement "is to empower youth with the life skills needed to break the generational cycle of self-destruction". This passion, combined with the knowledge of a human trafficking epidemic sweeping silently and strategically across our "safe" communities has ignited a fierce call to action to force change from suburbia to Capitol Hill.

In 2007 Kelly authored the popular Christian-based book, Tools 4 Teens. The following year she developed an 8-week Tools 4 Teens curriculum which successfully launched through HISD, serving disadvantaged youth. Over the following several years the program focused exclusively on male juvenile offenders within Harris County Juvenile Probation, resulting in a sharp decrease in recidivism among program graduates. The Tools 4 Teens Re-Entry Program followed in 2013 which provided re-entry support to youth, including mentoring, academic accountability and social enrichment.

Kelly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications, with a concentration in Psychology, from Ohio University in 1988. A college internship serving victims of domestic violence first sparked her interest in an at-risk population. Her deep compassion for hurting and vulnerable youth are the driving forces behind her call to serve as a non-profit leader.

In 2017 and 2018, Katy Magazine honored Kelly as Top 100 Women of Katy. In December 2017, Katy Magazine named Kelly Top 10 Outstanding Katy People of the Year.

Kelly and her college sweetheart, Alan have called Katy home for 20 years. They have two children, ages 17 and 19.
  

Debra (Debi) M. Tengler  (Seminar Emcee)
Chief Relations Officer
Arrow Child & Family Ministries
    
Debi Tengler is an honors graduate of the College of Biblical Studies, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical studies with an emphasis on Biblical counseling. She is also a licensed and ordained minister with World Ministry Fellowship.
 
Tengler is known to be an overcomer as she has faced life’s challenges standing on the promise found in scripture that tells us, “With God, ALL things are possible.” According to Tengler, it doesn’t matter what the situation looks like-- God will make a way. From severe medical challenges, infertility, abuse, and most recently the floods of Hurricane Harvey, Tengler’s life is a living example of the impossible becoming possible and being more than a conqueror.
 
Her career also exemplifies her belief that “With God ALL things are possible.” Tengler has gone from event planning for 50 to multi-day events for15,000, the bigger the challenge the better the opportunity. Including then helping birth and lead the Alpha Houston office, an evangelism outreach ministry and the first regional office in the United States. Tengler now serves as the Chief Relations Officer, overseeing development, marketing, and church and community relations, of the premier child placement agency Arrow Child & Family Ministries.
 
When the opportunity arose to assist Arrow with their development needs, she knew it was the right fit, as the basis and core of Arrow aligns with Tengler’s heart. Her Christian counseling background and great desire to inspire hope perfectly converge with Arrow’s heart of helping children and families in crisis, further confirming that Arrow is the place for her to serve.
 
Arrow Child & Family Ministries is a Christian provider of child welfare and education services for abused and neglected children and at-risk families. Through the engagement of both government and the local church, Arrow provides an array of services including foster care, adoption, child sex trafficking rehabilitation and specialized education. All programs and services advance the well-being of children, families and communities while promoting Christian responsibility and a commitment to strengthen family life.
 
Tengler and her husband, Chris, own a business in the Champions area of Houston. When Tengler is not building relationships with donors and friends, she enjoys public speaking, teaching and sharing the hope she has found through Christ. Playing golf, traveling and spending time with their two grown children, and one fantastic granddaughter all serve to round out their life.
  
Beau Abdulla, B. Ed, M.A.
Executive Director
Love People Not Pixels
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Beau is a former middle school teacher who founded Love People Not Pixels (LPNP) in 2016.  He has been married to his wife Staci for 17 years and they have a son and daughter who are twins. 
 
Beau has been prepared to lead LPNP through many years of stretching, shaping, molding, breaking, guiding, healing and loving.   For over 3 decades he struggled with sexual compulsion / integrity issues.  As he found freedom from his chains in 2014, the vision for LPNP was seeded in Beau. 

Sexual compulsion and addiction is fueled by shame and silence.  So many people, young and old, have been overtaken by pornography and hyper-sexualization but don’t know where to start addressing it.  Beau formed Love People Not Pixels as a place to inspire a culture shift where individuals, families and communities make informed choices to reject pornography and defend one another from sexual exploitation.
  
  
  
Michael (Mick) McKeown
Executive Director, U.S. Department of Homeland Secuirty
Washington, D.C.​
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As DHS Executive Director, Mr. McKeown oversees the HSAC and its 40 Council members as well as the ongoing policy work of the subcommittees. He also leads the Blue Campaign which heightens the public’s familiarity with human trafficking and its identifiers. Mr. McKeown also heads the "If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign which raises public awareness on the indicators of terrorism and terrorism related crimes and how to recognize them. Mr. McKeown graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Holy Family University and received his master’s degree in Political Management at George Washington University.
  
  
Laurie Charles, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, CA-CPSANE
Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing Texas A&M
Bryan, TX
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Laurie Charles is a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing in Bryan, Texas. She received her RN diploma from the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1992, and her online BSN and MSN from Western Governors University. Charles has been a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for 18 years.
Prior to working at the College of Nursing, she was the pediatric forensic nurse manager at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio for over 15 years.
She has completed over 1,200 examinations of children, adults and suspects for suspected child abuse, sexual assault and/or neglect and has overseen the care and treatment of over 15,000 patients who were suspected of being abused.
She has also served as a preceptor/mentor of over 300 SANE students from North America. Charles is a frequent lecturer on child abuse, neglect, sexual assault and the impact victimization has on a patient's overall health.
Additionally, she has served on several boards. She was the SANE representative on the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) board, and is the immediate past-president of the Texas Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Charles was also the chair of the Bexar County Child Fatality Review team for 16 years. She strives to ensure that child victims of sexual and physical abuse or neglect have superlative care regardless of where they are geographically. Charles has a special interest in combatting domestic minor sex trafficking.

  
  
Sergeant Luis Menendez-Sierra
Sergeant with the Houston Police Special Victims Division and Commander with the Houston Metro ICAC Task Force
Hosuton, TX

Sergeant Luis Menendez-Sierra of the Houston Police Department serves as the Commander of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The Task Force covers eight counties (Harris, Montgomery, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Brazoria, Liberty, Waller, Chambers) in the Houston Metro Area and works cooperatively with the other 60 Task Forces nationwide. The Task Force actively seeks out child predators and brings them to justice. Sergeant Menendez's main goal and objective is to save children from these predators and find them the help they need with the assistance of the 65 affiliate agencies and organizations. During his eleven years with the Houston Police Department he has worked in various assignments but believes that there is no more meaningful work than helping our most vulnerable population, our children.
  

  
  

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