The Rock Church is hosting a screening of NBC 7’s “STOLEN,” an extensive, award-winning documentary series about the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children in San Diego County and beyond, Thursday at the church’s location in Dot Loma. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the fight against sex trafficking in our communities.
Click here to register for free tickets.
Anchor Monica Dean and the NBC 7 Investigates team have spent more than a year learning from survivors, defenders, law enforcement officers, pimps and convicted sex traffickers to help explain why the market illicit child sex thrives in San Diego County and across the United States.
“STOLEN,” a seven-episode series, which debuted on NBC7.com in August 2020, uncovered substantial evidence of the extent of sex trafficking in San Diego County schools and exposed gaps in the legal system that allow people who pay to sexually abuse children. face little or no consequences.
“In this digital age, it’s critical that everyone understands the dangers of these types of exploitative relationships that often lure teenage girls and boys into sex trafficking,” Dean said. “The desire for love, validation and acceptance is often what makes someone vulnerable to exploitation. It’s a tough subject, but we need to have real conversations about it.
Thursday’s free screening, hosted in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation, begins at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.
Panel members include:
- Suzanne Johnson: Susan has been involved in women’s and youth ministries for the church for approximately 18 years. She co-founded Churches Against Trafficking and the Alabaster Jar Project, a residential rehabilitation program for survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation in North San Diego County. It is her mission to empower people who have been victimized and exploited.
- thomas thomas: is a licensed professional clinical counselor and has worked with survivors of sexual and relationship violence since 2010. Providing services to people of varied identities, they have worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse , harassment and human trafficking. With a background in training and research, K has facilitated numerous trainings on trauma-informed service delivery to a wide range of victim populations. As Clinical Training Manager for North County Lifeline’s LIFE Project, K provides training and development to staff, collaborating partners, community members and service providers on a range of related training topics. human trafficking and best practices. K is also co-founder and co-chair of the California Human Trafficking Advocates Network for Collaboration and Empowerment (CHANCE).
- Jessica Kim is Program Director, Educational Pathways at the Center for Justice and Reconciliation at Point Loma Nazarene University. She is currently in the development phase of the OnRamps Collaborative, a multidisciplinary collaborative effort to create financial opportunities for survivors of trafficking, and the Flourish Academy, a 12-week life skills program. Jessica is also a survivor advocate with over 10 years of experience in prevention, research and public speaking. Passionate about learning and books, Jessica now uses her knowledge and life experience to educate and inspire a wide range of audiences. She is co-creator of the Know More program, an interactive awareness and prevention program for middle and high school students. She serves on the CSEC Advisory Board for the State of California under the National Center for Youth Law.
- Keelin Washington is a lived experience expert who works to educate and rehabilitate survivors of sex trafficking in the San Diego area. She is currently completing her dual degree program in social work and psychology, while working at Point Loma Nazarene University as a program facilitator on several anti-human trafficking projects. Keelin also works as a Program Specialist at GenerateHope, overseeing both recovery and transition programs and providing valuable information and support to staff and residents. Keelin’s speaking engagements have included Shared Hope International, The Washington Times Podcast, DebX/Amplified voices, among many others. She also develops training videos and programs for organizations willing to work with survivors. Keelin has dedicated her life to this cause and loves involving others.
Since launching digitally in August 2020, “STOLEN” has been recognized with a national Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Murrow Award for “excellence in innovation”, three regional Murrow Awards, a Golden Mike Award, five Emmy Awards, Silver and Bronze “Telly” Awards and three awards from the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Click here to watch the entirety of “STOLEN,” NBC 7 Investigates’ seven-part documentary series about child sex trafficking in San Diego County and beyond.
- If you or someone you know may be a victim of trafficking or sexual exploitation, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text the words “BeFree” or 233733 by text message.