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Increasing Community Response to Trafficking by Leveraging Public/Private Partnerships Webinar

NHTTAC will host a 90-minute webinar on emerging trends and case studies on the development of public/private partnerships to leverage community resources to provide services to individuals impacted by human trafficking.

 Discussion Topics

·     Successful structures of existing public/private partnerships

·     How to better leverage community resources to provide services to survivors, families, and individuals at risk of trafficking

·     Best practices for establishing public/private partnerships

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019      

Time: 1–2:30 p.m. (eastern)



Shelia Simpkins is the Director of Education and Outreach at Thistle Farms, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. Her past trafficking experiences are the driving force behind her desire to help others who have experienced trafficking. She sits on the Human Trafficking Advisory Council for the State of Tennessee, and she is the Survivor Advocate for Grace Empowered, a court ordered prostitution intervention program operated by the Nashville-Davidson County Office of the District Attorney General. In addition, Shelia completed the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy fellowship program in 2018, and she is a 2007 Thistle Farms Magdalene graduate. She has a B.A. in Psychology and is currently enrolled in the University of Tennessee–Knoxville M.S.S.W. Program with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. 

 Kyle Wright is the Chief Executive Officer of Stardust, where he oversees operations and strategic initiatives to drive the company’s multidisciplinary effort to align philanthropy, art, advocacy, and investment capital. Kyle serves on the board of directors of Transparentem, a leading nonprofit working to eradicate human and environmental abuses in complex supply chains. He is a member of Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Impact Committee, Criterion Institute’s Gender-Based Violence Advisory Committee, and the Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking. He has a J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law and a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

 Cheryl Pittluck began volunteering with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) 11 years ago. Almost immediately, she was functioning as the “faith-based liaison” connecting the task force to interested faith groups to assist them in connecting and determining how to get involved in the field of human trafficking. Cheryl speaks frequently on trafficking-related issues and serves on OCHTTF’s Faith-Based Advisory Council. Her church partners with OCHTTF in coordinating events such as fundraisers and social gatherings. Cheryl also serves on the board of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University and helped start the Vineyard Justice Network for her denomination.