Sex Trafficking Conference

Human Trafficking

Conference

"To educate, equip and encourage those desiring to fight against human trafficking by promoting the redemption of Jesus Christ."

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Schedule

Friday
Saturday Schedule
Main Sessions
Breakout Sessions

Conference Speakers

Brian & Melissa Leak

Brian and Melissa have had a heart for missions their entire marriage.  When Brian and Melissa learned about the sex trafficking issue in 2012, they knew God was calling them into anti-trafficking ministry.  After spending five years working with their church and with local anti-trafficking nonprofits, they decided to leave their health care careers to engage in full-time anti-trafficking ministry.  God opened the door for them to join WorldVenture's Global Anti-Trafficking Team as European Liaisons. They moved to Vienna, Austria in July of 2018.

Jenni Jessen

With more than 20 years of experience in the field of human trafficking Jenni Jessen knows the depths of trauma a body can endure. She was sold into the commercial sex trade at age four by her grandfather but God provided for her rescue and escape at age 17. Jenni and her husband KJ, founded Compass 31 in 2011 in response to the unfolding of redemption in their own lives. Compass 31 provides a holistic model of restoration that includes safe housing, educational scholarships and discipleship for young women who have been rescued from exploitation...

Sean & Kay Levesque

Thanks for taking some time to get to know our [fun-loving, slightly crazy, caring and compassionate] family. In May of 2016, we felt called to begin looking into mission opportunities that would allow our family to not only to spread awareness on social injustice, but also to serve people and share the good news that Jesus has to offer.   Living in this great country certainly has wonderful benefits, but it is very easy to fall into the trap of business, stress and the pursuit of things and lose sight of some of our deepest passions.

So in summer of 2017 we stepped out on an adventure. We hit the road and are traveling across America to advocate against human trafficking and mobilize individuals to bring hope and love to their neighbors.

Jace Cloud

At an early age, I realized my need for Jesus Christ and trusted in Him as my Savior. During my time in college at Oklahoma State, I felt God calling me into full-time ministry. I attended Dallas Theological Seminary, and it was there that I met my wife, Hannah. The LORD has blessed us with two daughters, Chloe and Clara and a son, Judah. Before coming to Cornerstone, we served at churches in Oklahoma. 

My Hope for Cornerstone is that we would "Preach the Word," "Equip the Saints," and "Go and Make Disciples of All Nations." 

Jim Wetzel

Jim Wetzel is a former (now retired) Chief of Police of the Casper Police Department, and a U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel serving in the U.S. Special Operations community. He additionally works as Senior Adjunct Faculty at the Joint Special Operations University; and a Senior Consultant for Cordillera Applications Group, a global research and operations firm helping organizations master complex challenges in dangerous environments with problems of security, urbanization and development. Jim has maintained a dual career in law enforcement and the Marine Corps for over 20 years. In addition to serving as Chief, Jim served in several regular and special assignments within law enforcement including Patrol Officer, Narcotics Task Force Officer, Street Crimes Officer, Patrol Sergeant, and Detective Sergeant. His Marine Corps service extends over 25 years of active and reserve duty in a variety of special operations assignments in the Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations. Jim’s dual work in both law enforcement and special operations exposed him to a wide array of operations and investigations targeting, interdicting, and dismantling criminal and terrorist trafficking networks ranging from local to international levels.


Terri Markham

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Uprising

In 2014 I began working with women in the sex industry and my eyes became open to the prevalence of human trafficking. As a mom of three girls, I could not sit back and stay silent. Seeking to meet a need in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas, I founded an outreach organization to address trafficking until my relocation to Wyoming. I now direct Uprising, whose mission is to confront sex trafficking and exploitation through awareness, education and outreach

Alexandra Stevenson

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Uprising

A proud survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, it was not until more recent years that I realized that I was also a survivor of human trafficking. When I escaped my abuser in 2007, I began my education in the helping field. By 2018 I had finished a bachelor’s degree in Criminology, an associate’s degree in Community and Justice services and a post-graduate certification in Victimology. I have worked with youth in conflict with the law and women fleeing sexual and domestic violence. More recently, I have focused my efforts on human trafficking, and sharing my story to help spread awareness and understanding surrounding an especially difficult and misunderstood topic.


Additional Event Resources

Read Jenni's Book

She was only four years old when she was sold into the sex trade. White picket fences and steepled churches all guarded secrets that were not ever supposed to be told. In kindergarten, she began praying every night that Jesus would let her die.

In second grade, she sat in church on a Sunday morning swingingher feet from a wooden pew behind the man who had paid to rape her the night before. Her perpetrators were from all walks of life. An engineer, a police officer, a bait shop owner, business men, farmers, younger men and old; different men all feeding the same lust. The only thing that they had in common was their brutal love for little girls.

She shouldn’t have survived it. If God had answered her prayers, she wouldn’t have. Here is the true account of how she was brought out of captivity and into a life of freedom.

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