Successful Community Engagement, Starting the Conversation about DMST Awareness

Wed, Jul 21, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
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Successful Community Engagement, Starting the Conversation about DMST Awareness

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In July, panelists, Wilnisha Sutton (She/Her), Community Response Advocate, Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC), Pastor Betty Campbell, Founder, Executive Director, Xpose Hope, and Amy Ryan Rued, Ambassador of Hope Volunteer, discussed how to effectively raise awareness in your communities about domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) with an emphasis on responsible messaging.

In July, panelists, Wilnisha Sutton (She/Her), Community Response Advocate, Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC), Pastor Betty Campbell, Founder, Executive Director, Xpose Hope, and Amy Ryan Rued, Ambassador of Hope Volunteer, discussed how to effectively raise awareness in your communities about domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) with an emphasis on responsible messaging. Panelists empowered attendees with the tools and talking points to begin having conversations in communities about awareness and prevention. If you need access to the transcript for this webinar, please email training@sharehope.org.


Wilnisha Sutton, Community Response Advocate, Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)
Wilnisha Sutton, has always wanted to give back to those impacted by injustice. She is a lived experience expert (Survivor), so she knows how important it is to reach out and inspire others who have been through similar hardships as her. Wilnisha worked for San Diego Youth Services at STARS as a Case Manager for youth ages 12-24 who were being trafficked or impacted by CSEC. She was also a RISE Court advocate (Resiliency Is Strength and Empowerment) which is a program similar to HOPE Court program in D.C. Superior Court. Therefore, when she was hired to be a HOPE Court Case manager with Fair Girls is was a perfect fit. Serving at both diversions youth courts gave Wilnisha the opportunity to engage in the restorative work happening in the juvenile justice system. While Wilnisha has supported her community in many ways, including voter education and registration as well as anti-gang efforts, her heart is in becoming a leader in the anti-human trafficking movement. She believes if she can overcome past experiences and find her purpose without access to services then she knows she can help others on their healing journey through providing survivor-centered services. She is excited to continue her journey in D.C and to serve more folks at NVRDC as a Community Response Advocate serving all victims.


Pastor Betty Campbell, Founder, Executive Director, Xpose Hope
Betty Campbell is a survivor who began Xpose Hope to reach those, like herself, who believe themselves to be unimportant to society due to being trafficked, or working in the sex industry. Xpose Hope has assisted more than 50 women to leave the life, assisting them to find alternative employment, social connections, housing, addictions counseling and mentoring services. Her organization currently directly reaches more than 1000 women in four states. She is also the director of All About Business, a business networking group, and a member of several other business networks. She was cited as Business Person of the year for 2020 by Alignable for the city of Hillsboro, Oregon. She has two books soon to be published, Symbiotic Business– Why Nonprofits and For-Profit Businesses Need to Work Together, and My Journey in His Hands, an autobiography.


Amy Ryan Rued, Ambassador of Hope Volunteer
Amy Ryan Rued has been a trained Ambassador of Hope volunteer for Shared Hope International since 2013. In 2016, she became a Shared Hope regional coordinator for the state of Ohio. Along with other Ambassadors of Hope in Ohio, she presents to schools, churches, Rotary International and other groups, both in-person and online, to educate them about DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking).

Here are the resources shared by today’s presenter:
Betty Campbell’s author/consultant page: https://www.facebook.com/BettyCampbellXposeHope
Xpose Hope: www.xposehope.com
Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC): https://www.nvrdc.org/
National Human Trafficking Hotline: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/
Theresa Flores’ book “The Slave Across the Street”: https://www.traffickfree.com/store.php