Harmony (Dust) Grillo is the founder and executive director of Treasures, an outreach and support group for women in the commercial sex industry and victims of trafficking. In 2003, while completing a Master's degree in Social Welfare from UCLA, Harmony began the work of Treasures as a dream born from her broken past. Her memoir, Scars and Stilettos, gives an account of her story, going from working in strip clubs under the control of a pimp, to leading an organization that reaches women in the sex industry on a global scale. She has been featured in various media sources, including Glamour, Elle, The Dr. Drew Show, and The Tyra Banks Show. www.iamatreasure.com
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Harmony (Dust) Grillo MSW, Founder / Executive Director, Treasures
Brian & Kelly Bell, Senior Pastor, Calvary Murrieta
Brian has been the senior pastor of Calvary Murrieta since 1989, and was the assistant for 4 years prior to that. Brian’s personal goal is to learn to love God completely, love people authentically, and to make disciples globally. He and his wife have a passion for justice and work alongside the local anti-human trafficking task force in obedience to Proverbs 31:8-9 that says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless and see that they get justice.” They actively engage their church in ways that promote awareness, advocacy, and action, striving to make a difference. Brian’s hobbies include traveling, surfing, fishing, hunting, photography, and sushi. And of course, spending time with his family.
Kelly Bell is married to Brian, Senior Pastor of Calvary Murrieta. They have two children, Zach and Mical. Zach is married to a lovely girl named Caitlynn who just had twins; identical boys named Harper James and Owen Scott. Their daughter Mical got married this year to a wonderful young man named Tyler Andrews, so they added a son inlaw to their family this year as well. Kelly has been the Director of Women’s Ministry at Calvary for over 25 years and loves what she does. She has a passion to see women grow in their faith and become doers of the Word, not hearers only. She is a conference/retreat speaker, as well as a Bible Study teacher. She is the author of a Bible Study series called “Reasons to Rejoice.”
Concerning Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, she has a passion to advocate for the rights of the oppressed and exploited, and to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Kelly feels compelled to do whatever she can to help “ensure justice for those being crushed.” (Proverbs 31:8-9) Kelly is a regular volunteer for Riverside County’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and oversees the Justice Ministry at her church, working to help people figure out how to use their gifts, talents, and finances in fighting this battle!
Kristen Dolan , Anti-Human Trafficking Director for Operation SafeHouse and Victim Service Coordinator for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, Operation SafeHouse
After spending 13 years as a Multi-Media Journalist, Kristen Dolan made the leap into the nonprofit world by accepting a position at Operation SafeHouse as the Anti-Human Trafficking Director. She is also the Victim Service Coordinator for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, of which SafeHouse is a founding member. Kristen has been trained in trauma informed care, human trafficking victim advocacy, and best practices on working with commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 2006. Kristen also attended the University of California Riverside - Palm Desert Campus where she completed a yearlong certificate program in Non-Profit Management.
Melissa Herrmann, Founder , Maliza Consulting
Melissa Herrmann, Founder of Maliza Consulting, has spent the past 16-years focused on working directly with children-at-risk and vulnerable women across the globe. Her efforts have entailed establishing and directing numerous children’s homes, developing community based programs, training thousands of professionals and organizations around the world, and providing lay trauma counselling and psyco-education. Her program models have been recognized by multiple governments, which led her to assist the government of Rwanda in nationalized orphan-care policy reform. Her work was in collaboration with organizations such as UN, USAID, and World Vision.
Melissa has sat on numerous counsels, collaborative groups, and NGO board of directors seeking to provide insight into policy reform and program development for vulnerable children. Her efforts have spanned Africa, Latin America, Asia, the South Pacific, and North America. Melissa has her BA in Sociology from Vanguard University (2003) and is currently getting her MA in Human Services and Counselling from Regent University.
Sandra Morgan RN,PhD , Director Global Center for Women and Justice Vanguard University
Dr. Sandra Morgan, an educator and nurse, is recognized globally for her expertise in combating human trafficking and working to end violence against women. Dr. Morgan’s experience serving missing and exploited children includes direct care as a pediatric nurse, a volunteer with Doctors of the World (Athens, Greece) and as a past Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). Her expertise is recognized locally, nationally and internationally and includes such venues as Asia, Russia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She serves on Foreign Affairs Chair Congressman Ed Royce's Anti Human Trafficking Advisory Committee. She also serves the Orange County CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) Steering Committee partnering with Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice. In her role as Faculty and Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, she has built capacity for research, education and advocacy directly related to the exploitation of women and children. She consistently brings together diverse groups to collaborate during annual Ensure Justice conferences as well as special focus summits. Her Ending Human Trafficking podcast has been recommended by the National Administration of Youth and Family Services Clearinghouse and is a great way to get up to speed on the complex issues of combating human trafficking.
Cory Nickols, Regional Manager, Destiny Rescue
Cory Nickols has recently returned from the front-lines of the child sex trade in Southeast Asia. He went to the red light districts to find children who are trapped and to offer them a way out. He has seen the horror of the child sex industry firsthand, and has seen many children liberated from this abuse. He has now returned to the United States to tell their stories.
Cory is a dynamic speaker who carries the message of these child victims. He has a passion to inform, educate and motivate people to take their place in the battle against the slavery of children. He is an advocate for child sex slaves and a modern day abolitionist.
His desire to see enslaved children experience freedom and restoration stems from his own personal experience with sexual abuse as a young teen, and the restorative hand of God on his own life.
“Where great grace is given, much is expected.”
Cory’s ministry began with opportunities to write and speak of how God can restore lives from various forms of abuse. He started a blog on different topics that soon garnered the attention of the largest Christian newspaper company in the US, The Good News. In the two years he spent writing for the Good News, he became more familiar with the issue of human trafficking and connected with Destiny Rescue.
In 2012 he went on a two-week mission trip to see the work of Destiny Rescue in Chiang Rai, Thailand. He came home burdened to help in a more long term capacity.
“When I returned to the states, I thought of the story of Esther and wondered if God could be calling me ‘for such a time as this.’ I felt God place it in my heart to be a ‘voice for the voiceless’ and help rescue victims out of human trafficking. So I said, ‘Yes!’ and went.”
Cory became the Senior Copy Writer for Destiny Rescue and eventually created the Media Department - becoming its Media Director. In this capacity, he oversaw the worldwide marketing plan. He traveled throughout Southeast Asia visiting remote villages to understand the type of poverty that would cause parents to resort to selling their children into the sex industry. He has also assisted with identifying victims in brothels and their rescue. He has seen victims come into the Destiny Rescue program as damaged individuals, and leave restored with a hope and a future.
Cory is now the Destiny Rescue Regional Manager for the Los Angeles area, traveling and speaking to bring greater awareness to the pandemic of human trafficking - inspire people to action and to generate support for the ongoing work of Destiny Rescue.
“Before I go out to speak I think about the children stuck in those places. I hear their cries. Then I know I must be bold. I must go out and tell the world that these kids need our help.”
Will you join us to fight for freedom for these children?
Jennifer O'Farrell, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Jennifer thrives in creating positive opportunities and services for young people. Jennifer has spearheaded efforts and services to combat human trafficking and currently aims to support vulnerable youth through one to one relationships as Executive Director of Big Brother Big Sisters. Jennifer has served as President of the YWCA of Riverside County, Secretary of The Pick Group, and serves on the board of the Riverside Community Health Foundation. Her accomplishments include being a 2012 Attorney General’s Award of Citizen Appreciation, 2013 Woman of the Year from the Riverside County Commission on Women, 2014 Soroptomist International Golden West Region Award Winner, 2014 NAACP Community Service Freedom Award Recipient and 2014 HOPE Collaborative Advocate of the Year Award Recipient. Jennifer, as a mom and mentor, values the importance to invest time and talent into the lives of future generations –to change a life and impact a community.
Jeff Udvarhelyi, Member of Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in San Diego, Escondido Police Department
Jeff Udvarhelyi is a detective and 14-year veteran of the Escondido Police Department. Jeff is currently assigned to the Family Protection and Child Exploitation Unit where he investigates crimes involving physical and sexual abuse of children. Jeff also serves as a San Diego ICAC affiliate investigating online child exploitation and is a member of the San Diego Innocence Lost Task Force. Jeff holds a BA from Boise State University.