2020 Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
The Alec & Belle Waterhouse Lecture series is hosting it’s 2020 Anti-Human Trafficking conference on June 26-27, 2020.
This conference will be FREE of charge and available for in-person and online attendance.
The keynote speakers are:
Pastor Brad and Esther McDaniel have been serving families by partnering with the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services and Family Court since 2003 in various capacities: foster parents, pastoral advisors, recruitment of foster parents, facilitation of Ohana Conferences (family meetings), and advocates for children and families. Pastor Brad serves as the President of the board of Hawaii Life Alliance, a National Right to Life Affiliate. Esther serves on the board as well. In June 2012 they began Harvest Family Life Ministries Hawaii (HFLM) as a full time missions organization to provide Bible-believing, Godly homes for children who have been abandoned, neglected, and abused. As these homes receive children, HFLM encourages and equips the Body of Christ to come alongside and support foster and adoptive families and to share the love of Jesus with the birth families in their time of need.
Veronica Lamb has worked directly with human trafficking survivors in Hawaii since 2008. She is the founder & director of Bluewater Mission’s Justice Ministry which provides aftercare support to both labor and sex trafficking survivors; relational support to those still in the exploitative sex trade; and comprehensive training to faith-based groups on creating safe ministry & home environments, outreach to vulnerable populations, and providing trauma-informed mentorship & spiritual care to trauma survivors. In addition, she was a co-founder of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery. Veronica has personally mentored over 100 trafficking survivors (male, female, and children) and lived with most of them while running one of the only trafficking safe homes on Oahu. Veronica is a Victim Specialist with Susannah Wesley Community Center’s Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP) since 2017. Her duties within the TVAP program include responding to crisis calls; providing consultation to law enforcement, service providers, and the community on working with trafficking survivors; conducting trafficking narratives with children or adults who are confirmed or suspected victims of sex trafficking, and conducting training on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). She promotes a holistic, trauma-informed, best practice-based approach to creating safe communities and healing environments for trauma and trafficking survivors.
Pastor Matt Sanders of Wai’alae Baptist Church
Matt Sanders became senior pastor in August 2015. Most recently, he served as a professor at The College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Matt and his wife, Cheryl, grew up in Hawaii and lived most of their lives here. They have three daughters, Kiyomi, Ariel, and Keiko. Matt has a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a master of arts in theology from Southwestern, and a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Hawaii. His favorite theological topic is anything to do with the Trinity. His desire is to see Waialae Baptist become a disciple-making and disciple-sending church all to the glory of God. In his spare time, Matt likes to run, lift weights, and play golf poorly.
2020 Anti-Human Trafficking Conference Schedule
Friday, June 26
- 7 p.m. – Overview of conference, introduction of speakers
- 7:15 p.m. – Session 1: Biblical foundation – Our focus on helping the oppressed, not just be removed from oppression, but also healed.
- 8 p.m. – Break
- 8:10 p.m. – Session 2: The Problem in Hawaii – Understanding how sex trafficking occurs in Hawaii is key to both the prevention and treatment of this problem. Attendees will leave with sex trafficking knowledge specific to Hawaii, including breaking down the different styles of trafficking and the types of victims often chosen in Hawaii.
- 9 p.m. – Q&A
Saturday, June 27
- 8:30 a.m. – Session 3: Getting Involved as an Individual – We will look at both the prevention and treatment of this problem from an individual point of view. Attendees will leave with sex trafficking knowledge and the ability to identify vulnerabilities, recognize indicators, understand the barriers to exiting, and how to report and respond to trafficking situations.
- 9:30 a.m. – Break
- 9:45 a.m. – Session 4: Healing Begins at Home – This session will focus on the ongoing care that is needed to help victims recover and be restored. God created the family to be a safe place of healing. Survivors of human trafficking have experienced greater trauma than most people can understand. Attendees will learn how God created our brains to be resilient and leave with some tools to foster healing.
- 10:45 a.m. – Break
- 11 a.m. – Session 5: For the Body of Christ: What Then Shall We Do? – God created the church to be a community of healing. Not all are called to bring survivors of human trafficking into their homes; but some are. Every Christian is called to care. Every Christian is called to act. What does it look like when a Christian Community commits to being a healing place for survivors? Attendees will learn about wrap-around support and how they can do their part.
- 12:30 p.m. – Breakout sessions
- Susannah Wesley TVAP Program and Bluewater Mission’s Justice Ministry – Learn more about two of the most hands-on organizations combatting human trafficking in Hawaii. Specifically, learn more about available survivor services & professional training offered by the Susannah Wesley TVAP Program and the grassroots anti-trafficking movement amongst Hawaii churches frontiered by Bluewater Mission’s Justice Ministry.
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