Vanessa Lanza – Director of Partnerships, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
Vanessa Lanza is the Director of Partnerships at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), managing partnerships with community-based organizations, agencies and individuals working to coordinate and improve outreach, public awareness, and human trafficking identification efforts. Vanessa also manages the organization’s international partnerships with NGO’s in Mexico, aiming to build the capacity of local non profits and service providers through training and technical assistance, as well as building and strengthening coalitions. Vanessa also coordinates the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus, a leadership-development program for survivors of human trafficking, providing survivors with advocacy and media training and support with the goal of helping them to become effective change agents in the anti-trafficking movement. In February 2011, Vanessa worked with the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus to launch a National Survivor Network bringing together survivors across the country to advocate for a stronger survivor voice and mutual support. Prior to joining CAST, Vanessa worked with Oxfam America and the World Health Organization Office at the United Nations.
Mary O’Malley – Investigator, United States Department of Labor
Mary O’Malley is an Investigator with the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor in Los Angeles, California. Mary specializes in the garment and agriculture industries. A licensed corporate attorney committed to pro bono representation of disenfranchised populations while practicing law in Boston, Massachusetts, Mary is the pro bono attorney for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), based in Los Angeles.
Kerry Decker – Associate Director, Rapha House
Kerry Decker is the Associate Director of Rapha House, an anti-trafficking agency operating safehouses, vocational training and prevention programs in Southeast Asia. He is also the Founder and President of Million Kids, a public benefit 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting law enforcement, educating the public, and assisting survivors and vulnerable persons. Since 2005, Kerry has been actively working as an anti-trafficking advocate with an emphasis on direct services to victims, as well as designing strategies to remedy the human trafficking problem both by aiding survivors and also addressing the underlying systemic social, economic and moral causes related to the trafficking of persons. Kerry regularly visits Southeast Asia not only to train personnel working with trafficked children but also to set up and monitor vocational training, prevention, counseling, and economic development programs. Kerry is an active speaker and trainer and currently serves as Pastor of Pathway Christian Church in Riverside, California.
Daryl Williams – Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant with the Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and Certified Law Enforcement Educator and Trainer
A Police Office Reserve Retired and former member of the Compton Police Department and San Diego Police Gang Unit, Daryl is a Certified Law Enforcement Educator and Trainer, training law enforcement in a broad range of specialties throughout the United States. He is also a consultant, together with actor Erik Estrada, promoting the U.S. Justice Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) to schools. ICAC is a national network of 61 Task Forces representing more than 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies working together to share critical information, investigate crimes, conduct training, and develop law enforcement technologies and techniques to interdict child exploitation. Daryl also works with law enforcement department chiefs consulting on officer recruitment, as well as grants for department resources. Daryl is the founder of Protective Partners & Associates, an 11 year executive-protection company providing highly-qualified, off-duty law enforcement officers specializing in executive protection for dignitaries, celebrities, and special events.
Patrick McCalla – Former President, StreetLight
Patrick McCalla is the former President of StreetLight, an organization focused on eradicating child sex slavery, based in Phoenix, Arizona, and Assistant Producer of the documentary film ‘Branded’ highlighting the problem of child exploitation in North America. Prior to StreetLight, Patrick worked at Food for the Hungry where he launched and expanded their City Initiatives Program and coordinated a collaboration of city leaders to tackle the most pressing needs in Phoenix. Patrick is an active speaker at conferences, seminars, youth camps, and colleges, and currently serves as the Teaching Pastor at New Life Community Church in Peoria, Arizona.
Dana Shaffer – Former Vice President of Development, Open Arms International
Dana Shaffer is a former Vice President of Development for Open Arms International, a Portland based charitable organization working with orphaned children in Kenya. Dana currently serves as the President of NetBiz, an Internet Marketing and Technology Development company based in Portland Oregon providing on-line marketing and technology solutions to more than 75,000 businesses. For the last year Dana has also been serving on the Board of Directors of Saint Child, a charitable organization meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of pregnant young women caught in a cycle of abuse, poverty and neglect who seek to transition from poverty and hopelessness to sustainability and faith. Prior to moving to Portland, Dana worked in the entertainment business in Los Angeles for 18 years as a music video, commercial and motion picture producer.