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Speaker Series: Human Trafficking

Date Tuesday, November 7, 2017
12 - 12:45 p.m. CT
Location Online

Event Description

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-ups all across the world. She is the recipient of multiple FBI and Congressional recognition awards, the 2015 Hero to our Generation Award, the 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 is on the board of Exodus Cry. She was chosen as one of the top 22 survivor leaders featured in a PSA titled, “More Than a Survivor.”

In 2014, Rebecca founded her own nonprofit, the Rebecca Bender Initiative, which provides trainings to first responders across America and operates the largest and only online academy for survivors of human trafficking seeking care outside of residential treatment. 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 with her husband and their four daughters enjoying their new home in the Pacific Northwest. Join us to hear more!

Questions?

Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 651.635.8000, 800.255.8706 ext. 8000, or graduate-admissions@bethel.edu.


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