Trisha is a respected expert on sexual exploitation nationally and internationally speaking from her 15 years of sexual exploitation. In 2007, she covered the Robert Pickton trial as an experiential woman, friend to some of Pickton’s victims and as a citizen journalist for an online news magazine. In 2008 she founded EVE, a group to give survivors support and a voice to create change and educate on the realities of prostitution and the sex trade. She has given a TEDx talk, been featured in the National Film Board of Canada’s documentary Buying Sex. In 2014 Trisha was invited to testify and give written submissions at both senate and justice committees on Canada’s prostitution laws that were passed that December. She is an inaugural member of the International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council (ISTAC) which has 21 survivors from around the world/ It’s purpose is to assist OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe under the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, in combating trafficking in human beings. She believes we must shift the conversation and responsibility from the exploited, and instead look at what put them there in the first place and who the benefiters are.
Brian was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1963. He emigrated to Canada in 1978 and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 1986 spending 23 years as a forensic weapons specialist. He has undertaken forensic examination in some of Canada’s most significant and complex criminal investigations and has conducted forensic research and analysis internationally.
But since watching a little girl named Ratanak dying on a TV documentary in 1989 Brian’s heart has been with the people of Cambodia. His efforts to bring them physical assistance, in the midst of civil war, grew into the organization Ratanak International. He has dedicated himself to the establishment of many programs that combine his policing skills with his Cambodian experience to impact the issue of human trafficking and child sex slavery in Cambodia.
After 18 years of volunteer work Brian resigned from the RCMP in 2008 to pursue his full time calling to this nation. Ratanak International has become recognized for its work on behalf of those sold and exploited in post genocide Cambodia. Brian never thought the skills of a forensic weapons specialist would be useful in assisting those exploited… he was wrong!
Michaelis the Owner and Clinical Director of The Whitestone Clinic for Counselling and Psychotherapy, in Ottawa. The Whitestone Clinic was the first of its kind in the National Capital Region to offer a specialty for directed treatment for sex addiction, including partner support, from Certified Sex Addiction Therapists.
Michaelis a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). He has two Graduate degrees, a Master’s in Divinity (Pastoral Theology) and a Master’s in Arts (Counselling and Spirituality). He has degrees from Carleton University, from the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto, and from the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University.Michaelhas specialized training in individual, couple and group therapy. He is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), which he earned with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).
He and his beautiful bride, Miriam, have three delightful children, and make their home in Ottawa.
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Julia Beazley has been with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) since 1999. She works as Director of Public Policy at the Centre for Faith and Public Life in Ottawa, researching, writing and speaking about issues related to domestic and global poverty, homelessness, human trafficking and prostitution.
She brings with her more than ten years’ experience working with homeless and street-involved youth and adults, and a deep understanding of and concern for those who live on the margins of our society. She is the proud mom of a wonderful teenage son, who keeps her very busy. Julia lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario.
Glendyne Gerrard was part of the founding group of individuals who started Defend Dignity and has been Director since 2010. She leads with a passion to engage people in standing for justice for marginalized women in Canada. She continues to learn from a growing number of survivors of exploitation. Glendyne has eight grandchildren that motivate her to work towards a better world. Glendyne is married and lives in Oakville, Ontario.