Trafficking Justice



Don and his wife, Bridget, joined Agape International Missions (AIM) in 2005 to found AIM Restoration Home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. What began as an effort to restore children rescued out of sexual slavery expanded into a holistic anti-trafficking organization with 12 projects that Rescue, Restore and Reintegrate survivors and Prevent exploitation.
Today, AIM impacts 10,000 Cambodians a year. Prior to starting with AIM, Don worked as Executive Pastor at Adventure Christian Church in California for 7 years. In addition, he has over 20 years corporate experience as Vice President of Marketing and Sales. He received his Masters of Divinity from Liberty University and Bachelor of Science from William Jessup University.

CeCe worked at Heartland Girls' Ranch In Benson MN for nearly 24 years. While there and as Executive Director she opened one of the states first Safe Harbor program for trafficked girls, he Hearts for Freedom house. During this time CeCe co-authored Heartland Girls' Ranch Hearts for Freedom Project: A Resource Guide for Working with Sexually Exploited Youth. She has also served on the Safe Harbor Advisory committee and is an active participant in the MN Human Trafficking task Force.

Currently CeCe has started Terebinth Refuge, which is a Christ-centered shelter and transition home with holistic services for sexually exploited and trafficked women.

Dave is a prosecutor with the Ramsey County Attorney's Office specializing in crimes of gender violence. As the former director of training & protocol development for Minnesota's Safe Harbor system, he has trained thousands of law enforcement officers and other professionals statewide in identifying and responding to sex trafficking and exploitation.
He also serves in the state House of Representatives, representing the southwest neighborhoods of St. Paul. He has been recognized with an inaugural Inspire award from the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.
Sergeant Snyder has spent nearly 30 years focusing on investigations, advocacy and research involving victims of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and commercial sexual exploitation. He has worked in both 
the public and private sectors, to include both federal and local law enforcement agencies, and various non-profits. Currently, he is a detective with the Minneapolis Police Department, Special Crimes Investigation Division.
Sgt Snyder has been investigating human trafficking and sex trafficking crimes since 2000. He is currently
 the lead investigator in all human trafficking/sex trafficking cases for Minneapolis Police with an emphasis on juvenile sexual exploitation. Sgt Snyder works in close collaboration with the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations, and is a former specially deputized US Marshal, as well as a former Task force officer with both the FBI and ATF.
Sgt Snyder is a member of the Minnesota Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, as well as the International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators, and the National Technical Investigators Association.
Restoration for Women (Video)
How God Provides Freedom Through Us (Video)
Examples of Rescue and Restoration (Video)
Understanding what Sex Trafficking is in Minnesota (Video)
The Scourge of Pornography (Video)
Videos from Freedom Weekend 2017
Don Brewster -- Founder and CEO of Agape Intl Missions
Cynthia (CeCe) Terlouw -- Executive Director, Terebinth Refuge
Dave Pinto -- Assistant Ramsey County Attorney and State Representative
Sergeant Grant Snyder 
Our 3rd annual free conference is 6 events over 3 days to deepen your knowledge and guide you on the journey towards preventing sexual exploitation and trafficking in our communities.
REGISTER HERE

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Friday, April 20  – Morning Session
8:30 am – 10:00 am
PRAYER BREAKFAST – PASTORS / MINISTRY LEADERS
Faith Covenant Church, 12921 Nicollet Ave S, Burnsville, MN

Come and join us as we pray for the work of justice in our communities and hear from local pastors and anti-trafficking leaders. Midwest pastors and ministry leaders are invited to pray and hear how they can spark the mobilization of their church members for this cause. A video from a survivor on the path to healing -- who was supported by a loving church body -- will also be shown.

Co-Sponsored by Transform Minnesota.  Free Breakfast Provided. 

Speakers:

Carl Nelson






Carl is the President of the Transform Minnesota, a regional evangelical network serving thousands of leaders each year, with a vision to connect Christian leaders, develop Biblical solutions, and equip churches to transform communities. He also was the Executive Director of their refugee resettlement program, Arrive Ministries, for seven years.

Mike Lotzer 





Mike is the Lead Pastor of Illumination Church in Burnsville, MN and has intentionally leveraged his influence in the local church and in the military, (as a former Army Chaplain), to support anti-trafficking movements. He desires to see the local church serve and lead the way in alleviating human trafficking wherever the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed.

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Friday, April 20 – Evening Session
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sex Trafficking Electives
Hope Community Church East, 704 11th Ave S, Minneapolis Parking Map

Choose from two of five relevant topics for this issue:

Sex Trafficking in MN – Amanda Casey -- Trafficking Justice. An overview of what is happening in our Minnesota communities filled with the latest facts , figures, and case studies.

Trafficking on the Internet – Carter Staaf --Twin Cities Sex Trafficking Police Detective. A first-hand view of how perpetrators are grooming and recruiting vulnerable children and adults through social media and chat rooms.

Prevention of Teen Exploitation – Maggie F. – Comm Liaison-Advocate – Cornerstone. A short course on how we can educate teenagers about the difference between healthy friendships and exploitive relationships from those who intend to profit from and abuse their victims.

Justice as God’s Priority – Laura Mulliken – Source Anti-Trafficking. The strong theme of justice weaving through all books of the Bible: God’s heart for justice, and our calling to be lights in these days of darkness.

Pornography: Fueling the Demand – Tim Casey – Trafficking Justice. The prevalence, damage, and scope of pornography in society. The reality of porn addiction, and how men can become free from this menace.

(Each one hour elective will be repeated twice)

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Saturday, April 21 – Morning Session
9:00 am – 12 noon
Sex Trafficking: Causes and Cures
Christ Presbyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Road, Edina

(Resource tables by other Twin Cities anti-trafficking groups: 8 – 9 am, noon – 1 pm)

Four powerful speakers share about the realities of the sex trade in our Minnesota communities. Find out in depth what motivates the sellers and the buyers. Learn more about the trauma experienced by victims and the current situation in our state.

There will also be resource tables at this event hosted by organizations around the Twin Cities who are fighting against sexual exploitation and trafficking starting at 8 am.

Speakers:

Jessica Bartholomew





 A.C.T. (Anti Child Trafficking) United Founder and Lead Training Facilitator, Police Officer Minneapolis PD, Retired. With 20 years of experience working with children, teens, and families in youth outreach, domestic and foreign missions, and as a Police Officer, Jessica brings first-hand information and experience to the issue of juvenile sex trafficking. She will give an overview of sex trafficking in our communities: What is happening, where is it happening, and who is involved.

John Turnipseed






Executive Vice President, Urban Ventures. John is a former gang leader, ex-pimp, and author who now runs an organization reaching out to at risk youth, families and other vulnerable young people in south Minneapolis. John will share his story as well as provide us with insights into what motivates pimps and ways to prevent others from entering this field.

Sergeant Grant Snyder





Minneapolis Police Department Detective, Special Crimes Division. Grant has spent nearly 30 years focusing on investigations, advocacy and research involving victims of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and commercial sexual exploitation. Currently, he is the lead investigator in all human trafficking/sex trafficking cases in Minneapolis. Grant will discuss the mindset and motivations of those who buy sex commercially and how we can work to prevent people from becoming buyers in the future.

Nancy Rich






M.S.W., LICSW., Water's Edge Counseling & Healing Center. Nancy received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Minnesota and has experience working with trauma, PTSD, dissociative disorders, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and with those who have experienced emotional, sexual, physical, verbal, psychological and spiritual abuse. Nancy will discuss the depth of trauma experienced by victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking and the path to healing and wholeness.

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Saturday, April 21 – Afternoon Session 
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Leadership Networking Session
For Current and Future Leaders of Justice and Anti-Trafficking Organizations
Christ Presbyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Road, Edina  

A great opportunity to network with other leaders in this movement. And join the discussion as we hear from a panel of seasoned leaders who share their successes, challenges, and best practices in building Justice Ministries and Anti-Trafficking organizations. Come prepared with your questions about how to start or strengthen an organization or ministry devoted to this cause. Lunch provided for all registered participants.

Registration required. Register here.


Panelists:

Jessica Bartholomew






A.C.T. (Anti Child Trafficking) United Founder, Police Officer Minneapolis PD, Retired. With 20 years of experience working with children, teens, and families in youth outreach, domestic and foreign missions, and as a Police Officer, Jessica brings first-hand information and experience to the issue of juvenile sex trafficking.  

John Turnipseed





Executive Vice President, Urban Ventures. John is a former gang leader, ex-pimp, and author who now runs Urban Ventures, an organization reaching out to at risk youth, families and other vulnerable young people in south Minneapolis.  

Sergeant Grant Snyder





Minneapolis Police Department Detective, Special Crimes Division. Grant has spent nearly 30 years focusing on investigations, advocacy and research involving victims of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and commercial sexual exploitation. Currently, he is the lead investigator in all human trafficking/sex trafficking cases in Minneapolis.  

Christine Erickson






Director of Children-at-Risk Ministries Grace Church Eden Prairie
Christine leads Grace Church’s anti-trafficking team and has previous experience leading a local transitional home for sexually-exploited women. In partnership with area churches and many community partners, Christine began the “Stop the Trafficking 5K” which drew over 1,000 participants last year.

Rob Warland






Hope Community Church, Minneapolis. Rob has been at Hope for 12 years and works with all leadership development endeavors and leads their initiatives to be a blessing to the city. He gets the unique opportunity at Hope to invest in many twenty-somethings by teaching the Bible, about spiritual formation, and care for the city. 

Amanda Casey






Trafficking Justice and Source AT. Amanda has been involved in Trafficking Justice as the Awareness Track Leader, Instructor for the Trafficking Justice Sex Trafficking 101 class and is now the Leader of New Chapters. She is also the Outreach Coordinator for Source Anti-Trafficking.
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Saturday, April 21 – Evening Session 
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)
Action and Outreach Events  
Location: See Each Event

Join in one of several activities and outreach events in the areas of:  
Prayer – Join us on a prayer walk through an area of our city that needs prayer in this area. We will meet and pray over the people and activities that we observe on our walk. Location: Safari Restaurant - 3010 4th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN.  

Awareness and Restoration – We will be creating encouraging cards and gifts of love for survivors of sex trafficking and for restoration home employees/volunteers. These will be donated to various restoration homes in Minnesota. Location: Faith Covenant Church, Burnsville. Bring your kids!

Prevention of Demand – NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SUNDAY APRIL 22ND - Join us at a men’s courage event. In a culture saturated with a twisted view of masculinity, we will discuss how we as men can rise up and be victors and champions for this cause. Film showing. Barbecue meat dinner (BYOM) 6 pm. Film 7 pm. Ends at 10 pmIllumination Church, Burnsville. Men only.

Legal Advocacy – Writing letters and petitions to our federal and state representatives on bills that are before the US Congress and MN State Legislature. Thanking Reps who are champions for this cause. Faith Covenant Church, Burnsville.

Intervention – We will join the prayer team and keep our eyes out for those in need. No direct contact will be made, but calls to the police or Human Trafficking hotline if needed. Thorough training will be provided. Location: Safari Restaurant - 3010 4th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN.

Join with others as we let our hands and feet do the talking in various practical and safe activities in our communities. 

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Sunday, April 22 
Trafficking Justice Freedom Sunday Worship Service
Several Church Locations in the Twin Cities

Come and worship the God of justice on Freedom Sunday! Each church location will be devoting the entire worship service and message to the topic of Justice and Compassion: God’s heart for justice and how we as His people can be agents of change in our worlds.

Churches are still being added! We have a suggested sermon outline and can arrange informational tables for those interested. Contact us at Trafficking.Justice@gmail.com to inquire.

No Registration Required


                              Illumination Church  12156 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville illuminationchurch.com


                             Sojourn Campus Church  310 18th Ave SE, Minneapolis  sojourncampuschurch.org


                             WaterBrooke Fellowship  8725 Church Lake Blvd, Victoria wbfellowship.org


                              Church on the Hill  950 Trumble Street, Chaska churchonthehillchaska.org


                                    Christ Church, 12925 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley  christchurchmn.org/


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Sunday, April 22 Evening Session


6:00-10:00 pm
Prevention of Demand, MENS Only Courage Event
In a culture saturated with a twisted view of masculinity, we will discuss how we as men can rise up and be victors and champions for this cause. Film showing. Barbecue meat dinner (BYOM) 6 pm. Film 7 pm. Ends at 10 pm. Location: Illumination Church, Burnsville.




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