Still I Rise
Still I Rise
We hope you can join us at this year’s Still I Rise event to stand up against human trafficking. This year The Salvation Army New York in collaboration with Not On My Watch, Inc. and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) will host two days of education, training, and worship.
Who should attend? Law Enforcement, prosecutors, attorneys, social service providers, communities of faith and general public.
Three events in two days.
- Multidisciplinary Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking
Friday 9.20.2019 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Dare to Care: A Survivor-Led Summit
Saturday 9.21.2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Pray for Freedom
Saturday 9.21.2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:30PM
Volunteer Opportunity – Friday 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM 9.20.19
Join Pearl Essence Outreach. Pearl Essence is an outreach effort focusing on illicit massage parlors and strip clubs. To learn more visit: https://www.facebook.com/PearlEssenceNYC/, to sign up, click on register.
Supervising Program Manager for Sanctuary for Families’ Anti-Trafficking Initiative
Yvonne Chen serves as the Supervising Program Manager for Sanctuary for Families’ Anti-Trafficking Initiative, one of the nation’s leading service providers for immigrant victims and survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence. Ms. Chen brings a unique perspective having been a live-in coordinator for a residential program for those who have experienced sex trafficking. Ms. Chen is a fluent Mandarin speaker and manages outreach services to help identify victims and survivors of trafficking. She has also been doing community outreach in massage parlors in order to build relationships with the workers. Ms. Chen provides direct outreach services to vulnerable communities, trains and educates people who may come in contact with potential victims, and spreads public awareness about the issue of human trafficking. Prior to coming to Sanctuary, Ms. Chen worked as a Grants Program Analyst at a fund and has experience working with different refugee populations in the States and South Africa.
Rev Dr. Que English
Named 1 of 25 most influential women in the Bronx, Rev. Dr. Que English continues to be a trailblazer for criminal justice reform, education reform, combatting human trafficking and domestic violence, and issues surrounding women and girls. She is the CEO/Founder of Not on My Watch, Inc. (NOMW), an organization on the frontline of combatting human trafficking and domestic violence in New York City. Over the years, NOMW has educated and trained thousands of individuals and have worked together with national and local organizations to see the passing of key city, state and federal legislation to protect the most vulnerable among us.
Que serves as the Convener of TrafficK-Free NYC (TFNYC) and brings together service providers, city agencies, survivors and faith leaders to strategize around effectively combatting human trafficking in New York City. It is the only citywide community-led coalition of its kind that focuses solely on combatting trafficking in New York City. Under their watch, almost one million dollars has been allocated to combatting human trafficking where the newly expanded Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic and Gender-based Violence oversees.
Through her passion for criminal justice reform, in 2016, she launched the first pilot of the People’s Police Academy in New York City, a community-led academy to help public safety officers transition into the communities they serve through education and orientation. Most notably, Dr. Que was one of three negotiators who solidified the multi-billion dollar historical community benefits agreement (CBA) on behalf of all New Yorkers for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC), slated to be the largest ice center in the U.S. with a potential economic impact of $1.9 billion.
Brian G. Gander
Special Agent, Criminal Division, New York Field Office
Brian G. Gander entered on duty with the FBI in 2002. He was assigned to the money laundering with potential for terrorism squad at the New York Office (NYO), where he conducted investigations focusing on money laundering as it pertained to individuals from high-interest countries. In approximately 2004, Mr. Gander’s squad was converted into a public corruption squad, which, in 2011, also assumed the responsibilities to investigate civil rights and human trafficking investigations. From 2012 to 2013, in addition to managing his civil rights and human trafficking investigations, Mr. Gander accepted a temporary assignment to assist a transnational organized crime squad based in White Plains, New York. In 2013, Mr. Gander accepted a position on the newly formed civil rights and foreign corrupt practices act (FCPA) squad. In late 2015 to the present, Mr. Gander has been on the violent crimes against children/human trafficking squad where he is the coordinator for all human trafficking investigations. In September 2017, SA Gander’s squad and the NYPD formed the Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force. In addition to his regular duties, since 2009, Mr. Gander has served on FBI-NYO’s Evidence Response Team (ERT), during which time Mr. Gander served as a team leader, and participated in several high profile criminal, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence investigations.
Lt. Detective Donna Gavin
Boston Police Department
Lieutenant Detective Donna Gavin is a 33- year veteran of the Boston Police Department and has spent much of her career investigating cases involving violent crimes against women and children including Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. She served for many years as the Commander of the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking and Crimes Against Children’s Units and recently was reassigned to the Boston Police Academy. Donna serves as Boston’s CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Team Co-coordinator which is part of a national network comprised of 11 cities who share best practices to reduce prostitution and sex trafficking through reducing the demand for the commercial sex trade. Donna is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts’s and National Associations of Women in Law Enforcement.
Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte
Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte is a Human, Industrial & Trauma Psychologist. She’s the Founder and Chairwoman of Created for Greatness Leadership Group, Inc. She is currently a professor at the College of New Rochelle and Senior Training and Development Facilitator for The City University of New York. Dr. Griffith-Hunte is a Senior Legislative Advisor.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte is the Vice President of Training and Long Island Director of Anti-Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence for Not On My Watch Faith base organization. She served as a member of Senator James Sanders Economic and Marking committee. Dr. Hunte, is a proud member of the African American Clergy and Elected Officials Organization. She also sits on the board of New York Recovery Community Coalition; were she is the first Trauma Psychologist to serve. Dr. Griffith-Hunte serves as an executive board member for several other public and private schools and organizations.
In 2010, she was elected as the President for School Board 27, where she governed over 60 schools and was the adviser to the Mayor and Chancellor of New York City. She served in these capacities until 2015. In addition, she was appointed as the educational and community representative for the President of the Borough of Queens for the late, Honorable Helen Marshall. She’s the recipient of copious public service, educational and religious organizational awards including the 2019 New York State Senate, Woman of Distinction Honor, Citation of Honor from the Office of the President of the Borough of Queens, New York, The Distinguished Alumni Award of 2014 and the Community Leader’s Award. She has also appeared in well-known publications. In 2014, Dr. Hunte was characterized as the walking representation of the Mahatma Gandhi quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Dr. Hunte is the creator of the A. T. T Model of life.
Director of Training and External Affairs for Restore NYC
Chris Muller is the Director of Training and External Affairs for Restore NYC. Chris spearheads Restore’s strategic partnerships across the anti-trafficking field, and leads trainings to equip partners to better identify and respond to trafficking survivors. Since the fall of 2016, Chris has helped oversee and deliver training or technical assistance to over 200 partner agencies across 20 states. These partnerships include local and federal law enforcement, attorneys, direct service providers, and health care networks.
Colonels Janet and Richard Munn
Colonels Janet and Richard Munn originate from the USA Eastern Territory where they served as corps officers and divisional leaders, and then at the USA East Territorial Headquarters – Richard as Secretary for Program and Janet as the Ambassador for Prayer and Spiritual Formation.
In 2008, they assumed responsibilities at the International College for Officers (ICO) and Center for Spiritual Life Development (CSLD) in London, England. This was followed by 2 years in the Australia East Territory, Richard serving as chief secretary and Janet as principal for the School for Officer Training, Booth College.
In July 2015 the Munns returned to the USA East where Janet served as principal for the College for Officer Training, and Richard as Secretary for Theology and Christian Ethics. In 2019 Richard and Janet were appointed as Directors of the International Social Justice Commission (ISJC), based in Manhattan, NY.
Janet is a graduate of Asbury College, Wilmore KY, (BA), and Greenville College, Greenville, IL (MA). In 2015 she successfully completed her Doctor of Ministry studies in transformational leadership with Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH.
Richard graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv) and received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 2004. His project thesis assesses the egalitarian leadership model of The Salvation Army.
The Munns are parents of two young adult children, Nealson and Captain Olivia, and son-in law, Lt. Pratik, all of whom live in New York City.
Rachel Parker is the Program Manager for World Relief Triad’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program. She supervises and coordinates outreach and direct services for survivors of both labor and sex trafficking, and collaborative responses across the Triad and Western NC. World Relief has specialized in serving foreign-national victims of trafficking. In 2017, services were expanded to all victims within the Triad area. Rachel supervises the coordination of the Triad Rapid Response Team and the Triad Labor Trafficking Task Force to support to victim identification across Guilford, Forsyth, and Davidson Counties, and provides trainings for professionals, communities, and churches across NC.
Prior to joining World Relief in 2011, Rachel worked and volunteered abroad in such places as Kenya and the Occupied Palestinian Territories; developing programs, researching, and advocating for the rights and services to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Rachel completed her Masters in International Studies from East Carolina University in 2009.
Hannah Pennington is the Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Training at the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence (ENDGBV), formerly known as the Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Previously, Hannah served as the ENDGBV’s Director of Policy and before that Executive Director of the Manhattan Family Justice Center. Hannah came to the Mayor’s Office from Sanctuary for Families where she was Director of the agency’s Bronx Legal Project housed at the Bronx Family Justice Center. Hannah started her legal career in private practice as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she worked on various commercial litigations and government investigations for over seven years. She graduated from Rutgers Law School and the Cornell University School of Industrial Relations. While at Rutgers, Hannah co-founded the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project and secured a federal Violence Against Women Act grant to fund the program.
The Quinn Center for Performing Arts Company Dancers
The Quinn Center for Performing Arts is a professional dance and performing arts center for both girls and boys. At the Quinn Center, children learn transferable skills and performance techniques which will enhance their lives in the studio and beyond. The Quinn Center for Performing Arts aims to instill the values of self-love, self-confidence, and self-acceptance. We strive to teach young people that their lives are meaningful. We endeavor to instill the message: No matter how young you are, you are important, loved, needed and you matter. The Quinn Center strives to be more than just a dance and performing arts center, but a studio that teaches the heart and art of dance.
Dr. Anita Ravi
Dr. Anita Ravi is a board-certified family physician and co-founder of the PurpLE Health Foundation. The Foundation is based on Dr. Ravi’s work founding the PurpLE (Purpose: Listen and Engage) Clinic at the Institute for Family Health in New York City (2015-2019). The clinic was designed to provide long-term healthcare for people who have experienced human trafficking and individuals impacted by other forms of trauma, including sexual assault and domestic violence. After serving over 300 people, receiving grant funding from the Department of Justice, and being recognized as a Health Resources and Services Administration “Promising Practice” in the care of people who have experienced domestic violence and human trafficking, Dr. Ravi and her colleagues launched the PurpLE Health Foundation to support the launch of a stand-alone health center that could continue supporting innovative models of healthcare, research, advocacy, training and employment for gender-based violence survivors. Dr. Ravi’s advocacy work includes serving as an elected member of the American Medical Association’s Women Physicians Section Governing Council, conducting forensic examinations for people seeking asylum, and facilitating health education workshops in correctional settings. Dr. Ravi received the 2016 Family Medicine Education Consortium’s “Emerging Leader” Award and she regularly draws, writes and speaks at events across the country on how the health care system must radically adapt to meet the needs of survivors of trafficking and other forms of gender based violence.
Dr. Ravi is a graduate of Washington University in St.Louis, received her Medical Degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, her Masters in Public Health from Yale University and her Masters in Health Policy research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.
Victim Specialist, Victim Services Division, New York Field Office
Laura Riso began her career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1998 and has been a Victim Specialist since 2006. Ms. Riso coordinates and provides direct services to federal and local crime victims who have suffered direct or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, or pecuniary harm as the result of violent crime, severe trauma, and acts of terrorism, cybercrime, and fraud. She provides comprehensive services to victims of all ages, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. Victim Specialist Laura Riso holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Forensic Psychology.
Shea M. Rhodes, Esquire
Shea M. Rhodes, Esq. has dedicated her career to combating violence against women, protecting the rights of those who are oppressed or exploited, and championing human rights. She is the statewide legal expert on Pennsylvania laws related to sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. As the Co-Founder and Director of the Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute) at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Ms. Rhodes works with and on behalf of victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Ms. Rhodes is also a member of several anti-trafficking initiatives, locally and internationally, including Philadelphia’s Anti-Trafficking Coalition, the Pennsylvania Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Work Group (PAHTAWG), Shared Hope International’s JuST Response Council, and is a member of the Executive Committee for World Without Exploitation (WorldWE). She also sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Dawn’s Place, a residential treatment program for women who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Most recently, she was appointed by Governor Wolf to the Pennsylvania State Board of Massage Therapy. Ms. Rhodes regularly conducts trainings and presentations throughout the Commonwealth, nationally and internationally. Ms. Rhodes’ written materials, including policy papers, legal resources, and newsletters, can be found on the CSE Institute website. She is a graduate of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and the University of Kansas.
Lt. Commander Sharpe
Lt. Commander Sharpe has been with the NYPD just under 15 years and has been the Commanding Officer of the Vice Enforcement Division’s Major Case Human Trafficking Team for three years.
Shandra Woworuntu is the founder of Mentari, an organization to empower trafficking survivors in their reintegration back into society independently through the DREAM (Direct Services, Resources, Empowerment, Advocacy and Mentorship). Ms. Woworuntu is a survivor of human trafficking and domestic violence, now she lends her voice in the fight of human trafficking and modern-day slavery through raising awareness, education, advocacy, legislation lobbying, mentorship and empowerment. In 2013 She was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to be a state commissioner on human trafficking and in 2015, Ms. Woworuntu was appointed by President Barrack Obama to be the first member The U.S. Advisory Council on human trafficking and now active member of The Reference Group of The Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform and advisor member of OSCE in revising NRM Guide Book.
The Salvation Army is honored to partner with FAAST and Not On My Watch, Inc. and all of the partners that have come together to host two days of training, outreach, discussion and worship. We hope you can join us!
- Unbound is the Eastern Territory’s Contemporary Worship Band. Unbound exists to create music that unites worshippers, proclaims the truths found in God’s Word, inspire and train Salvationist musicians and focus the cannon of music produced by The Salvation Army.
- Brooklyn Christian Cultural Center (CCC) Youth Choir – CCC’s mission is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, help spiritual seekers become transformed believers, and demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ to the world, through humanitarian works and social engagement.
- Dance by Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church – A Place Where People Encounter God