Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
This year’s guest speaker is award-winning author and activist, Lisa Shannon. Lisa has spent nearly a decade mobilizing grassroots women to address extreme threats to women’s security, aiding and empowering more than 100,000 women and children in Africa. Through launching several mass movements, her study as a fellow with Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, and extensive interviews with grassroots women leaders around the world, Lisa has emerged an inspiring voice in the international women’s movement and expert on women’s leadership. Her work is firmly grounded in the belief that each of us hold an innate power to lead, in our own communities and organizations, and on the global stage.
She Inspires is a breakfast for women that celebrates women who are changing the world. Join us Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to be inspired by Lisa’s courage and see how you too can use your influence to change lives.
When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 9-10am
Where: Pacific Tower, 8th Floor, Panoramic Room
Registration is limited to the first 135 guests.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. It is the recruitment of people by means of threat, force, coercion or deception for the purpose of exploitation. Trafficking for prostitution is one of the most profitable forms of trafficking. What you may not know is that this type of trafficking is not just something that takes place in 3rd world nations, but also happens to US citizens residing within U.S. borders.
The Department of Justice estimates that more than 250,000 American children are at risk for trafficking into the industry annually and the average age of girls who enter into street prostitution is between 12 and 14 years old. Traffickers target vulnerable young girls, such as runaway, homeless, and foster care children. Incest and other forms of abuse often drive children to run away from home, making them vulnerable to the cunning tactics of traffickers. In fact, 1 in 3 runaways are recruited by a pimp with in 48 hours of leaving home.
Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) was founded in 2009 to build pathways of freedom, safety and hope for victims of sex trafficking and people involved in the sex trade in Seattle and beyond.
REST has a number of teams including Direct Outreach (Street, Jail, Bikini Barista), Advocates, Mentorship, Restorative Housing and Demand Reduction, and short term housing through our Emergency Receiving Center.