Second Annual Freedom Gala
Be a part of freedom and restoration for survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation by joining us for our Second Annual Freedom Gala. This event, taking place in Greenville at First Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 17, 2017 and aims to raise funds to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate. To become a sponsor, click HERE!
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Our Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Bender
In 2007, Rebecca Bender escaped a life of sex trafficking here in the United States. After nearly six years of being forced into modern day slavery, she found hope and restoration solely through Jesus Christ. In 2013, Rebecca wrote her first book Roadmap to Redemption; the first of its kind – a faith based workbook for survivors and advocates, written by a survivor.
Today, Rebecca is a nationally recognized, leading expert on the issue of domestic sex trafficking. She has trained thousands of service providers, first responders and faith leaders including President Jimmy Carter, National Director of FBI conference, Shared Hope International, Just Faith and more. Rebecca has also consulted on safe home start up all across the world. She is the recipient of multiple FBI and Congressional recognition awards, the 2015 Hero to our Generation Award, 2014 Female Overcomer Award, and the 2013 Unlikely Hero Award. She is also a member of the Survivor Leader Institute, National Survivor Network and the Oregon Cease Task Force. She serves as co-chair for the Oregon DOJ Human Trafficking Advisory Council and on the board of Exodus Cry. She was chosen as one of the top 22 Survivor Leaders being featured in a PSA titled, “More Than a Survivor.”
In 2014, Rebecca founded her own non-profit, the Rebecca Bender Initiative, a nonprofit that provides trainings to first responders across America, as well as operates the largest and only, online academy for survivors of human trafficking seeking care outside of residential treatment. RBI has taken an innovate approach, by using technology to offer online mentoring services to survivors all across the world, especially those who live in areas where services do not exist. She continues to bring a multi-media message to the masses through her trainings, books, consulting and speaking. Rebecca was ordained as a minister in 2014 and is currently finishing her master’s in Biblical Studies at Bethel University. In her free time, you can find her and her husband with their four daughters, enjoying their new home in the Pacific Northwest.
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