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2014 Ensure Justice Speakers

Keynote and Plenary Speakers


Stephan Bauman – President and CEO, World Relief

Stephan Bauman is the President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization founded in 1944, where he oversees approximately 2,500 staff in 20 nations.  Previously, Stephan served as the Senior Vice President of Programs where he led programs in the health, economic, agriculture, and refugee resettlement sectors. Stephan joined World Relief in 2005 as the Country Director in Rwanda. 

Prior to joining World Relief Rwanda, Stephan served as Director of International Programs for World Hope International, where he oversaw relief and development programs in 25 countries worldwide in the agriculture, education, economic development, anti-trafficking, and health sectors.  From 1994 to 2001, Stephan worked for Mercy Ships International as Director of Programs and Training, where he directed medical, water and sanitation, community health, and capacity building programs for over 300 staff on the Anastasis, a hospital ship based in West Africa. Prior to joining Mercy Ships, Stephan worked in the private sector for Anderson & Co where he consulted on mergers and acquisitions, legal matters, treaties, and tax issues for Fortune 500 companies.

Stephan is a Certified Public Accountant, an ordained minister, and holds a Masters in International Public Policy (Johns Hopkins University), a Masters in Intercultural Studies (Wheaton College Graduate School), as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business (University of Wisconsin).



JoAnn Butrin – Director of International Ministries, Assemblies of God World Missions

Dr. JoAnn Butrin has served as director of International Ministries since 2005.  She began her missionary career in 1972 as a missionary nurse in Africa where she was involved in evangelism, mobile clinics, rural hospitals and community health promotion.  Fourteen years later, she joined the staff of HealthCare Ministries, the worldwide Assemblies of God medical missions outreach and was appointed as director in 1996.  She has authored several books and has lectured in many countries on Christian relief and development, singles in ministry, HIV/AIDS and community health.




Rev. David Myers – Senior Advisor to the Administrator/Director, Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

David L. Myers is the Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Myers heads one of 13 such centers in the federal government under the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships.

The DHS Center is located in the Federal Emergency Management Agency where Myers and his staff work to build, sustain and improve effective partnerships between DHS and faith-based and voluntary organizations. In this role, Myers has personally led Center efforts at major disasters, working closely with senior governmental, state, local, faith-based and voluntary groups.

Myers’ position requires daily coordination with White House and FEMA leadership. The Center’s mission includes building connections to communities and groups marginally affiliated with emergency management systems. To accomplish this, Myers devotes much of his time supporting FEMA’s voluntary agency liaisons and visiting FEMA regions, states and U.S. territories as a direct representative of White House and FEMA leadership.

Prior to joining DHS, Myers served faith-based and neighborhood organizations as an executive director and minister for twenty-five years, primarily in Chicago. These included Teen Living Programs, Center for Public Ministry, and three Mennonite congregations. Myers is a father of two adult children, and a grandfather of one grandchild.



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Shyima Hall – Survivor Advocate

When a 12 year old Egyptian child, trapped as a domestic slave, was rescued from an upscale gated Southern California home, it was because a neighbor had noticed something that wasn’t right. One of the children at the house did not go to school. The neighbor made a phone call that changed Shyima’s life.

Shyima is releasing her memoir Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave, available January 21, 2014. Pre-order it at Amazon.









Sandra Morgan – Director, Global Center for Women and Justice

Sandie Morgan is Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, overseeing the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking. Sandie serves on the Faith Alliance against Slavery and Trafficking Steering Committee and offers Hands That Heal (FAAST) training at Vanguard University annually.  She began her anti-trafficking work in Athens, Greece where she served on the Board of the Athens International Nurses Association. She has also served as the Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) before returning full-time to Vanguard in order to extend the work globally. She recently completed a British Council grant project partnering with the University of Duhok, Iraq to build capacity for women’s studies which has resulted in opportunities to provide community and law enforcement training on Human Trafficking and is the subject of her soon to be completed dissertation. The Global Center for Women and Justice partners with the OCHTTF to provide human trafficking training for community professionals including healthcare providers, law enforcement, teachers, and social workers, contributing to the Grand Jury and the Juvenile Justice Commissioners. The GCWJ hosts an annual Ensure Justice Conference (Proverbs 31:8). We are called to be a voice for the voiceless and ensure justice for those being crushed. GCWJ supports students and the community with research and education to prepare them for advocacy and action, including the VU Live2free student mobilization teams, which have reached thousands of teens and been nationally recognized.  The GCWJ “Ending Human Trafficking” podcast extends the opportunity to equip a wide audience around the globe reaching more than seventy countries—from Australia to Zambia.


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Helen Bako – Founder, Nigerian Women Against Violence

Helen Bako is a Nigerian born Children’s Social Worker who lives in Southern California. Ms. Helen Bako was born and raised in Northern Nigeria.  Bako graduated from High school in Nigeria and proceeded to obtain and AA degree in theology and Mass communication. After working as a teacher for two years, sponsored by her father, in 1985 Ms. Bako came to the United States to attend Hope international University in Columbia, South Carolina where she obtained a diploma in theology. Ms. Bako proceeded to Western Baptist Seminary in Portland Oregon and graduated with 2 master’s degree in Counseling and Intercultural Studies.

Ms. Bako  has been a social worker for over twenty years in the State of California. She is a Senior Social Worker at the Los Angeles County Department of Children Services. Ms. Bako has worked for the County for 17 years. She has a wealth of experience in child abuse investigations and strategic case management planning. Ms. Bako is the founder of Nigerian Women Against Violence (N-WAV)  an agency  advocating  for peace.



Workshop Speakers:

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Amy Hewat – U.S. Anti-Trafficking Specialist, World Relief 

Amy Hewat is the U.S. Anti-Trafficking Specialist for World Relief. After five years in World Relief’s refugee resettlement program, Amy transitioned into this role in 2010 to build organizational capacity in anti-trafficking programs in local offices across the U.S.

World Relief provides comprehensive case management services to victims rescued from labor and sex trafficking in the U.S., and empowers local churches to increase community awareness and mobilization in the fight against human trafficking. Amy is a steering committee member of the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST), and a member of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force Victim Services Committee.

Born in Ireland and raised in Maryland, she is an avid sailor, runner, and community activist in Historic Fells Point, Baltimore.



Nicole Wood

Nicole Wood – Subject-matter Expert on Human Trafficking, Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Nicole Wood is the subject-matter expert on human trafficking and leads the strategic development, coordination and outreach initiatives for at-risk, marginalized and traumatized populations of human trafficking for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  Nicole provides support on human trafficking to the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships and serves as a steering committee member of DHS Secretary’s anti-trafficking initiative, the Blue Campaign and the Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee.  For over 14 years, Nicole has dedicated herself to serving disadvantaged children, women and their families, and/ or living among inter-religious, marginalized and multi-ethnic populations in the United States, Guatemala, Switzerland, Senegal, Brazil, Spain and Jamaica.  Nicole has completed post-graduate work in inter-religious educational training at St. Paul School of Theology in conjunction with Religions for Peace and World Council of Churches, The Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland.  Nicole has a master’s degree in Urban Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, a master’s of Public Health in International Community Health and Health Promotion from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Adelphi University.




Ruthi Hanchett – Board Member & Advisor to Live2free student mobilization team, Global Center for Women and Justice

Ruthi Hanchett has been a leader in the humanitarian field for over ten years, focusing on child rights, human trafficking, and gender equality. While working for World Vision International, she regularly represented the organization to global political leaders, the UN human Rights Council, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN Girls Education Initiative, and the NGO Advisory Council on Violence Against Children. One of her favorite roles was enabling children and youth around the globe to speak out for justice. Ruthi is currently coaching Vanguard University’s Live2free club, helping student teams speak on human trafficking in local middle schools and high schools.








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