With Keynote Speaker Carissa Phelps
Women's Center-Youth & Family Services is proud to welcome attorney, author, advocate and speaker, Carissa Phelps to Stockton to serve as the keynote speaker for the 34th Annual Luncheon on March 26, 2014 at the Stockton Civic Auditorium.
Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $5,000, and individual reservations are $40. For more information about the luncheon, including sponsorships and seating reservations, please visit womenscenteryfs.org or call 209-941-2611.
Before she was an attorney, author, advocate and speaker, Carissa Phelps was a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking. Abandoned at age 12, she wound up on the streets and was kidnapped and raped repeatedly. In her memoir, Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets One Helping Hand at a Time, Carissa shares her extraordinary story of survival and how the unexpected kindness of a math teacher and a counselor transformed her life and helped her become a mentor and advocate.
After missing 7th, 8th and 9th grades, Carissa returned to a continuation school and graduated from high school in two and a half years. She took back her life, and got a law degree and an MBA from UCLA. Carissa's amazing "juvy-to-justice" story was also featured in the award-winning documentary, Carissa.
In 2012, Carissa founded Runaway Girl, FPC, to organize survivors of human trafficking around resources, networks, business, and local efforts to protect and care for survivors and victims within their own communities. Runaway Girl trainings improve protocols and responses to child sex trafficking within communities, while offering employment and career development opportunities to runaways, former runaways, and survivors of trafficking.
Her personal accomplishments and personal strength have given her the courage to expose and respond to domestic minor sex trafficking in the U.S. Together with partners around the world, she is a part of a global network to connect resources and assist local and international survivors in rebuilding their lives. Carissa also mentors youth who have been, or still are, on the streets.