Speaking & Training
It’s good to know. It’s great to act. But in order to make the biggest impact, we must bring the two together. That’s where Equip comes in. We train first responders across America to identify and respond to victims of exploitation. We also assist law enforcement on case investigations and trial. We’ve trained over 88,911 professionals across America and have a team of survivor speakers who share their stories and experiences. Here are some organizations we’ve consulted for or spoken to:
Dept of Justice
Office of Victims of Crime
The EPIK Project
Local Law Enforcement Agencies
Shared Hope International
And many more
Through keynote addresses and speeches, we tell our story. We share the collective and the individual testimonies, the survival and the toll it took, the prevention stories and the rescue stories. After all, when we see what others have been through, we know what we have to do. Let us share our story with you.
Often we know we need to do something, we just don’t know what that something is. That’s where we come in. Through one-on-one/small group consultation, team training, and group workshops, we will equip you with the practical next steps in this fight for freedom.
We are firm believers in Jesus Christ and believe that it was for freedom that He set us free. The freedom for ourselves, and for others. Whenever we get the chance to tell our story through the lens of scripture and spirit, we are honoured and expectant that others will find their own freedom.
Meet Our Speakers
Executive Director, Elevate Academy, Speaker, Survivor Leaderkbryan@rebeccabender.org
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Executive Director, Elevate Academy, Speaker, Survivor Leader
Kathy believes we can one day live in a world where people value one another, that one individual’s freedom never trumps another’s, and no one drives in the turning lane…well maybe not that last one.
A gifted speaker, consultant, mentor, author and survivor of human trafficking, Kathy works tirelessly to communicate the truths of trafficking in America, having trained thousands of medical professionals, law enforcement, community service providers, and faith-based communities both in the U.S. and abroad. Her ability to illuminate truth in a palatable, engaging manner leads the listener to heightened understanding, inspiring action.
Kathy joined RBI in 2014 and serves as Director of Elevate Academy and Lead Mentor, where she empowers other survivors on their journeys to obtain fullness of freedom. She serves on the board of Into the Light, is a member of the National Survivor Network, the Survivor Leader Institute, and the Survivor Alliance.
She was instrumental in changing the human trafficking legislation in her state by testifying several times before the Arkansas Congress, resulting in the passage of three new laws. Kathy is a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign and various anti-trafficking organizations.
There is much to be found in her wheelhouse, ultimately, though, her heart beats for helping people understand each other, which fosters empathy and a foundation for unity. She and her husband, Keith love spending time with their family, off-roading, and traveling this beautiful world. Her next big goal is jumping out of a plane.
Elevate Mentor, Speaker & Survivor Leader
Engaging audiences with her dynamic presentations and interactive training, Angie Conn strives to freely express her insight and knowledge to those who desire to learn from her experience as a survivor of domestic sex-trafficking, abuse, and addiction. Her authenticity, joy, and resilient spirit captivate her listeners. She not only ignites a renewed hope that healing and wholeness after trauma are possible but, provides tools to implement change. Angie has a natural gift of encouragement, she is passionate and determined to reach out whenever and wherever she can.
Angie is a speaker and mentor for the Rebecca Bender Initiative’s Elevate Academy. She sits on both the National Survivor Network, the WV Human Trafficking Task Force and serves as an Ambassador of Hope for Shared Hope International. As an international speaker and consultant, she has collaborated with multiple agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign. In 2018, she was Awarded the ‘Special Courage Award’ by the United States Attorney Southern District of West Virginia for being a champion for victims and survivors of human trafficking in her home state.
An adventurer at heart, you can find her hiking in the mountains, relaxing in her hammock, or enjoying aerial yoga. She also loves being at home with her husband of seventeen years, Elisha, and their three amazing children. Up next on her adventure list, hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Christine was a victim of childhood familial trafficking at a time when the word “trafficking” did not exist. As an adult she began the process of healing as well as discovering she was not just a victim of sexual abuse, but also a victim of trafficking. This healing adventure opened up a whole world of knowledge in this industry, assessing vulnerabilities, as well as absorbing solutions on living successfully as a Survivor. This journey compelled her to learn the truth about human trafficking and start becoming an answer to her community rather than a voiceless victim. After hearing Rebecca Bender speak, her desire was ignited deeper to make a change and help fellow victims. She has now worked with Rebecca Bender Initiative as a key team member facilitating change in culture and personal lives. Her exploitation as a child gives her empathy and compassion to motivate others to help make a change.
Christine has participated in over 120 hours of intensive training on trauma through the San Diego County Social Services, including, the understanding of a childhood victim trauma, Medical training, Social Services training for trafficked victims, Law Enforcement trainings and trauma informed care trainings.
Rebecca Bender, CEO & Founder, Survivor Leader
Rebecca thought she found her fairytale when she moved to Las Vegas with her boyfriend. But her dream became her nightmare when her boyfriend became her pimp at the age of 18. Trapped in a life of chaos, coerced into prostitution, abused and controlled by her trafficker, Rebecca was forced into sex trafficking for nearly 6 years. Many attempted escapes, two brandings and several pimps later, Federal Investigators raided the home, allowing her an eventual avenue for escape.
These days, Rebecca can be found either telling her story or helping others tell their own. Her trainings on this underground world are highly sought after by FBI, Homeland Security, undercover, SVU, former presidents, medical professionals, prosecutors and anyone else who has heard her name. She speaks on leadership and founding non-profits, serving on the board of Exodus Cry, is a member of the Survivor Leader Institute and serves as Co-Chair on the DOJ Human Trafficking Advisory Council.
When she’s not being a boss in the boardroom, speaking on stage, or trying to find the nearest Starbucks, Rebecca can be found at home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest…in sweats and with a top knot. Her home is the prize for Rebecca and she loves nothing more than a slow Saturday with her four amazing daughters, one handsome husband, and wondering whether it’s time to get a puppy.