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Invited to be a Panelist member at the Slave Free City Summit in Austin, TX

April 8, 2016

It was an honor to be on the panel:
The Role of Technology in the Movement to End Modern Slavery

Panel Members Included:
Bradley Myles – CEO of Polaris
Kay Firth-Butterfield – Chief Officer, Ethics Advisory Panel, Lucid Holdings Inc.
Kristin Boorse – Sr. Product Manager at Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Description of Panel Topic:
There are increasingly few areas or issues in society and culture that aren’t impacted by the ubiquitous nature of technology. Human trafficking is no different. From traffickers’ use of the internet and other tools to exploit victims to the demand for cheap goods and the perceived anonymity of sex buyers, technology has in many ways fueled the rise of human trafficking around the world. Yet innovative technologies are also being leveraged to fight and stop human trafficking. From big data and financial networks to supply chain insights and consumer apps, it is clear that technology will shape the future of the movement. This dialogue will explore these ideas with panelists who are the leaders behind some of the leading technology being used to combat trafficking today.

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Attending the Freedom Network Conference

April 7, 2015

The Freedom Network is comprised of 39 members across the U.S. who are focused on the fight against human trafficking. I attended this conference armed with the first prototype for Operation Compass and showed it to as many attendees as I could. I spoke with law enforcement, social workers, prosecutors, and victim advocates. The feedback I brought home was immeasurable and played a role in the mobile application that is now available.