Guest: Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

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downloadAustin Choi-Fitzpatrick is a writer and professor at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He is the author of What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do (2017) and co-editor of From Human Trafficking to Human Rights (2012). His newest book Protest Tech: How Social Movements Use Disruptive Technology, explores the ways movements use tools and technologies to bring social change. Shorter work has appeared in Slate, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Huffington Post, and Aeon (as well as in academic journals most people have never heard of).

Guest: Carolyn Lumpkin

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_W4A3730 (2)Carolyn Lumpkin, LCSW is the Director of Empowerment Programs at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), overseeing the Social Services Programs (Cast Management, Emergency Response, Youth Program, Shelter Program) and Survivor Leadership Programs (Survivor Caucus and National Survivor Network). In 2004, Carolyn was previously with CAST as a Case Manager and Shelter Night Manager, and later returned in 2016 to continue her work at CAST, now as the Director of Empowerment Programs. Prior to returning to CAST, Carolyn was the Clinical Program Manager of the Wraparound Program with Children’s Institute, Inc. in South Los Angeles. Carolyn has over 16 years of experience working with diverse populations, in both direct service and management roles. She has extensive experience providing trauma-informed mental health services in communities with high rates of poverty, crime, and violence. In addition, Carolyn implemented an integrated treatment model for adolescents with substance abuse and trauma histories in the South Los Angeles area, and has utilized multiple evidence-based treatment practices in her clinical work. Carolyn is also a trainer in vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Carolyn received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach. Carolyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California.

CAST Hotline #: 888-539-2373 (exclusively for LA)

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

 

Guest: Harold D’Souza

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H-white-backgroundHarold D’Souza is a survivor of labor trafficking and debt bondage in the United States of America. Originally from India, Harold D’Souza is a well educated and has experience is sales management. He has a Masters of Commerce, Post Graduation Diploma-Human Resource Development and a Bachelors in Law from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Harold pursued the American Dream and came to the U.S. on the advice and support of the man who would become his trafficker, encouraging him and reassuring him the American Dream was well within reach. For 133 months Harold and his family were exploited at the hands of a trafficker, struggling to be free and to keep his family safe. Today, Harold is a Survivor, Advocate and Public Speaker. Since 2008 Harold has worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a Senior Supply Chain Associated. He is a founding member (2008) of the National Survivor Network (human trafficking) CAST and is active in local antitrafficking organizations. He has spoken at numerous anti-human trafficking events, campaigns, conferences and other public awareness activities throughout the U.S and India.

Notably, Harold has been appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the Historic United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Harold has found a new purpose in life, to be the voice, courage, hope and freedom for victims. His mantra for staying focused and continuing the path is “What your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” (Napoleon Hill). D’Souza is working on a book called “Human Trafficking: A Frog in a Well.” His philosophy is, fix the problem and not the blame, and his favorite inspirational quotes are “I am a poor starter, but a strong finisher” and “Don’t worry, be happy”.

Guest: Rachel Thomas

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rachelthomasA graduate of UCLA with a Masters in Education and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking and mentoring.  As Director of Sowers Education Group, she has educated and inspired a wide range of audiences including teens, social service providers, churches,
teachers, college students, and law enforcement. Sowers’ intervention curriculum Ending The Game is being used by over 170 facilitators in 8 states and helps survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the trafficking lifestyle.

Since 2012, Rachel has reached over 36,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine and ABC’s Newsmakers.  Rachel was also honored by Congressman Ed Royce of California’s 39th district and Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe for her leadership and trafficking prevention efforts. To learn more about Sowers or Rachel Thomas, please visit www.SowersEducationGroup.com.

Guest: Shawn MacDonald

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Shawn MacDonald is CEO of Verité, a civil society organization that works with businesses to promote workers’ rights and other sustainability goals in global supply chains through research, consulting, training, assessments, and policy advocacy. Before his appointment as CEO in 2016, Shawn had led Verité’s research, program, and policy work since 2003. Shawn has broad international and domestic experience in labor rights, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, workplace health, and multi-sector partnerships. Before joining Verité, he was Director of Accreditation at the Fair Labor Association, Vice President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Senior Advisor at Meridian Group International, and co-founder of the Development and Employment Policy Project. Additionally, he worked for a variety of civil society organizations in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and an AB in History from Harvard University.

Guest: Stephanie Richard

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thumbnail_headshot2016StephanieStephanie Kay Richard, Esq., is the Policy & Legal Services Director at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) where she provides direct legal services to survivors of human trafficking and technical consultation on human trafficking cases nationwide. She has been involved in the anti-trafficking movement for over 10 years. During this time she has served as the domestic lead for the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST) and the policy Co-Chair of the Freedom Network, USA, two national US based coalitions working to improve federal and state laws and the implementation of these laws to better serve trafficking survivors in the United States. She graduated summa cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where she was the recipient of a public interest/public service scholarship. She is licensed to practice law in California, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, DC.