Join us for a discussion on the current state of Human Trafficking in Ohio, what it looks like, stats and trends. We will also cover the impact COVID-19 has had on the Human Trafficking crisis and how you can get involved in some grass roots efforts that are working to make a difference!
We are honored to be joined by the following expert panelists:
Director of Victim Services for Human Trafficking Initiative – Crime Victim Services, Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
Jomel Aird focuses on connecting and strengthening victim services for human trafficking survivors, brining awareness to communities across the state and empowering others to take action in their families, schools, work environment and everyday life in her role as the Director of Victim Services for the Human Trafficking Initiative. Previous to joining the Attorney General’s Office, she worked as an Anti-trafficking Victim’s Advocate embedded full time with the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and Salvation Army for almost two and a half years. Prior to that, Jomel worked as a Victim Advocate and Victim/Witness Coordinator at Palm Beach County Florida State Attorney’s Office for six and a half years.
Vice President of Programming – RAHAB Ministries
Kelli Cary has her graduate degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and has her LISW-S. She is currently the VP of Programming at RAHAB Ministries, where she oversees all areas of programming including Outreach, Community Based Services, and Safe Housing for survivors of sex trafficking and those vulnerable to being trafficked. She has experience providing trauma therapy to survivors of sexual violence, collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams, and developing programs that serve survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Kelli is also the Direct Services Chair for the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking and the Co-Chair of the Victim Service Subcommittee for the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission. Her desire is to strengthen the continuum of care for survivors in Ohio, making it easier for individuals to access trauma-informed services on their path to healing.
Pastor Greg Delaney
Hope Director – REACH for Tomorrow
Greg serves as the HOPE DIRECTOR for “Reach for Tomorrow Ohio” a non-profit community organization located in Highland County, Ohio where he leads a coordinated effort to educate churches, faith and community leaders about addiction, trauma and human trafficking. Greg is also a part of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s RECOVERYOHIO Advisory Council championing the efforts of the FAITH/RECOVERY community in Ohio. Greg serves as the current Outreach Coordinator for a Statewide Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, WOODHAVEN, and is a contributor to the FAITH-BASED RECOVERY EFFORTS of the HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives in D.C. In this role he leads efforts to educate communities on the benefits of faith-based engagement in recovery in the US. Greg serves on the board for Ohio Citizens for Advocacy and Addiction Recovery as he is a person in long-term recovery. Greg is a graduate of Wright State University and has been married to his wife Elizabeth Delaney for 30 years.
Founder – Eyes Up Appalachia
Christi Scott Bartman has been involved in anti-human trafficking efforts in Ohio for over a decade. In 2019 she left her position as Director of Public Administration, Public Policy and Legal Studies at American Public University System to operate as a compassionate catalyst to push for better ways to address human trafficking and the vulnerabilities that underlie it in Ohio – specifically poverty and lack of education. She is the founder of the Eyes Up Appalachia anti-human trafficking initiative. She is currently conducting an Appalachian Regional Commission funded study of SE Ohio and the need for and structure of anti-trafficking coalitions. Christi holds an undergraduate degree in business from Appalachian State University, a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University, a JD from the University of Toledo College of Law and a PhD in Policy History from Bowling Green State University.
This webinar will be moderated by:
Beth Bingham – Candidate for OH-37, City of Hudson Councilwoman
Beth Bigham is the Republican Candidate for the 37th District of the Ohio House of Representatives. In May of 2016, Hudson City Council unanimously appointed Beth to fulfil a vacancy in Ward 4. The citizens of Hudson have since elected her twice by overwhelming margins. Beth Bigham serves as a tireless advocate for her constituents.
Beth is a member of the most trusted profession in the USA. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner with over twenty years of experience as well as an industrious business owner. Beth is a life-long learner who seeks to understand problems and works to mobilize innovative solutions. She holds a MBA, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and certificate in Construction from KSU/Turner Construction. She has taught Health Policy at Kent State University and has traveled to the OECD, IMF and WHO for international healthcare studies. Beth has been married to George for 22 years and is a proud mother of Faunce and Greta who attend Hudson public schools. She can often be found cheering on her children at Hudson sporting events or walking her chocolate Lab, Harper, around the streets of Hudson.