January: Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence

January: Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence

In honor of protecting women and children. this month focuses on domestic abuse and sex trafficking. This month we will focus on what steps can be taken to mitigate this pernicious problem.

Jan 17: Rescuing and Protecting Girls and Orphans from Human Trafficking (8am PST)

Speaker: Mia Pean, Founder and Director, My Sister’s Place HT

miaMia Pean’s passion is to educate and empower young women through economic & workforce development. In late 2005, she made a life-changing decision that would ultimately affect the lives of hundreds of young women and their families; using her own salary from work and other financial means, she founded MySister’s Place HT (MSPHT), a not-for-profit organization that rescues young girls who run away from home and become prey to traffickers. The organization also provides shelter for homeless orphans who were sold by their parents and ended up in the hands of traffickers in Haiti.  Today, MSPHT has two schools in Haiti where their Haitian staff counsel participants about preventing sexual exploitation.
Mia’s work on the issues of child abuse, and domestic and sexual violence has made her a highly-respected engaging speaker and an expert in child abuse prevention.  She is also widely recognized as an advocate for survivor empowerment throughout Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 15, Mia survived a childhood full of hidden horrors, buried pains, and the silencing of her voice caused by physical, mental, and emotional abuse caused by her stepmother.  She survived the abuse by working as a volunteer with domestic violence shelters and found a way to turn her anger into a positive force for change.  The common thread she shares with many survivors of abuse motivated her to work with former victims of child abuse and other victims in immigrant communities, including law enforcement and immigration authorities. Mia works with government officials in Haiti, States’ Attorneys, and State Senators to enact new laws in the parliament for the justice and reparations for survivors of human & sex trafficking. Mia holds a bachelor degree in Sociology and a Certificate in conflict resolution from Nova Southeastern University.

 

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