Lisa was exposed firsthand to the horror of human trafficking when she and her husband travelled to the Philipines to adopt their daughter. During this trip, she learned that children in orphanages and on the streets as young as the toddler she was bringing home can wind up being trafficked. Lisa returned to Wisconsin a forever changed person. Over the next years, she poured over the internet looking for a way to travel to places where trafficking was happening. She wanted to learn, to get involved and to make a difference.
Beginning in 2009, trips to Cambodia and Nicaragua allowed Lisa to work with advocates that specialized in international rescues. She witnessed heartbreaking situations, but was also part of a movement that brought hope to people being victimized.
Through Lisa'a training, travel, and hands-on work, her knowledge about trafficking led her to understand that it is literally happening everywhere. What started in her mind as an "international issue" could no longer be looked at in this way. Lisa aligned with an organization in Las Vegas and traveled there several times to assist with outreaches. She pursued education and training, and then brought everything she learned over the years back to Wisconsin. Today, Damascus Road has grown to have 2 full-time volunteers as well as 20+ trained volunteers, and serves victims in our local communities.
Our Volunteer Directors bring with them great training compassion and experience!
Lisa began her work with human trafficking advocacy in 2009 in Cambodia with World Hope International. She has traveled to Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles for extensive training . Lisa is the former Wisconsin State Representative for FREE International. In January 2015 she joined a team for Super Bowl outreach in Phoenix, AZ. They provided training, victim outreach, and connected law enforcement with leads. In 2015 Lisa traveled to Nicaragua with Breaking Chains to help the sex trafficking victims on the streets and in brothels. Lisa founded Damascus Road in 2013 to more directly serve the needs of local survivors of human sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. She has completed GEMS Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Training, National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women Training, Treasures Sex Industry Care and Outreach Training, International Christian Alliance on Prostitution Global Summit Training and training through the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Wisconsin U.S. Attorneys' Offices Human Trafficking Conferences. Lisa volunteers as an advocate for trafficking victims and educates community groups throughout Wisconsin and the US.
Kelly has her BA in Interpersonal Communications from UW-Milwaukee. She has completed additional college coursework in Business Management at UW-Madison, Child Development through MATC, and Human Trafficking through both Moody Bible Institute, and Stanford University On-line. She has completed Treasures Sex Industry Care and Outreach Training, ACES training, and training through the Wisconsin Department of Justice / Wisconsin Human Trafficking Conferences and the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution Global Summit . Kelly has served as an Americorp volunteer, and a youth mentor. She currently volunteers with Damascus Road as a full-time survivor advocate, participating in jail outreach, street outreach, community outreach and education. Kelly manages our web presence, coordinates services for overcomers, and sees to public relations and fundraising. In addition, she oversees our prison pen pal program, our jail ministry, the office drop-in and facilitates a weekly LifeGroup for survivors.
Terra began her work in human trafficking in 2009. She has served in Las Vegas, Wisconsin, and across the country. Terra has helped to coordinate six Super Bowl Outreaches, and several other trafficking-related events. In 2010, Terra founded the annual rally in Oshkosh for Human Trafficking Awareness Day. She has also completed training through GEMS, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), the Wisconsin Human Trafficking Conference and ICAP Global. Terra trains community membersand raises awareness by conducting awareness day activities in our communities.
Deb is a 1993 graduate of UW Stout with a BS in Business Administration. She currently works as a Financial Planner and is also serving as an Oshkosh Common Councilwoman. After participating in human trafficking training, Deb volunteers her time sharing trafficking information with local civic groups and businesses. She is also a community liaison, connecting victims with services & opportunities.
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