Slavery: Not in My Yard!

Bio

Terra has been an educator/trainer/advocate in the movement to abolish modern day slavery (human trafficking) for the last 5 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International/Multi-Cultural Studies in 2003 and her Secondary Social Studies Teacher Certification in 2005 from Evangel University in Springfield, MO.  While participating in a Washington Studies Program as part of her courses, she interned with Lisa Thompson who was the Liaison Against Human Trafficking for North America at the National Salvation Army Headquarters in Washington D.C, where her knowledge of the issue began.

In 2009, Terra left a career in business management to join her college mentors in establishing F.R.E.E. International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to find, rescue, embrace, and empower victims of human trafficking in the United States. She began raising funds, awareness, and assisting victims as the state representative for Wisconsin before joining the team at the headquarters in Las Vegas, NV. From 2011-2013 she helped build the organization specializing in Program Development and later as the Internship Coordinator.  She also lead/participated in direct outreaches such as the “Tackle the Trafficker” Super Bowl Outreaches partnering with KlaasKids (a national missing children organization) Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and several other leading abolition organizations to search and rescue victims, as well as, lead trainings for local hotels on the “red flags” of human trafficking.  At the Miami Super Bowl in 2009 she was chosen to go on a “juvenile sweep” looking for victimized youth on the streets with the Miami P.D. which was filmed by MSNBC.  In Indianapolis, IN at the 2011 Super Bowl, she went under cover with a local detective as part of an operation to locate missing children who were being disguised and sold as “escorts” on backpage.com.  She also appeared on a special Super Bowl edition of America’s Most Wanted for her participation in the S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Project where a team lead by Theresa Flores (survivor/author/advocate), F.R.E.E. International, and the Indiana Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force delivered 40,000 bars of soap labeled with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number and trained staff members in over 40 hotels in the Indianapolis Area.  Terra has also lead other community groups in replicating this project in various cities in Wisconsin, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.  In 2012 she was part of a team that conducted “Say Something” prevention assemblies/classroom trainings in over 50 middle schools and high schools prior to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. In addition to the Super Bowl, she has participated in direct outreach with the Los Angeles Dream Center and in the brothels in Nevada.   

Terra has been a feature speaker and trainer to churches, schools, conferences, various forms of media, and to community groups both in Wisconsin and Las Vegas.  In 2009 she established Stop the Traffick: Make Some Noise, an annual human trafficking awareness rally in her hometown of Oshkosh, WI which lead to additional rallies in neighboring cities in the following years. She has served alongside government officials, FBI, law enforcement, Attorney’s General, and other community leaders on anti-trafficking task forces/coalitions in Milwaukee, WI and Las Vegas, NV.  She pioneered the internship program for F.R.E.E. International, as well as, the FREE-U program inspiring college students to form awareness groups on their campuses. She has also helped set up community outreach programs and self-defense trainings along with supplying personal support for victims across the United States. 

 

Terra currently resides in Wisconsin where she is affiliated with 5-Stones, a local organization dedicated to “fighting the giant of sex trafficking”.   She continues to advocate for victims and conduct community/organizational trainings there and around the country.