Karly Church is a Crisis Intervention Counselor, Social Service Worker, and advocate for survivors of domestic sex trafficking. She has worked front line with youth involved in sex work and trafficking situations for more than 4 years.
Recently, Karly works at Victim Services of Durham region, where she provides specialized services and support to survivors of Human trafficking. Karly is a graduate from two college programs including a mental health and addiction worker program, as well as the social service worker program. As a survivor of domestic human trafficking, she harnesses her lived experience, extensive knowledge, along with her passion to engage and work with survivors of human trafficking. Karly works with individuals in meeting their basic needs while providing support with a trauma-informed perspective. Working tirelessly to remove stigma through sharing her story in many settings, including keynote speeches throughout Canada, Karly has trained and presented to thousands of social service providers through facilitating workshops and training. Having done numerous youth symposiums, presentations, consultations, interviews and panels on human trafficking, Karly is dedicated to providing preventative education as well as bringing awareness to the broader community.
Kelly Tallon Franklin is the founder of Courage for Freedom, a Canadian-based organization who exists to educate, train and certify front-line and community service providers on proven strategies and prevention tactics serves vulnerable victims of human trafficking and sexually exploited girls.
She is also the Executive Director of Farmtown Canada, a provider of minor-aged victim services and restorative “horse that heal” programs for young girls whose innocence has been compromised by criminals who recruited, coerced, and exploited them.
As a human-rights advocate specifically in the areas of human trafficking, women’s rights and community protection, Kelly has been a long-time voice for those in the vulnerable sector. She works tirelessly to share her message and advocacy to government, corporations, municipalities and communities.
Kelly believes that Courage for Freedom is born out of doing the right thing. It is not just a social justice issue, but a human issue where each one of us is called to lead our lives honourably and with impact to take action and foster positive, lasting change.
Dr. Olga Marques received her PhD in Criminology from the University of Ottawa, and a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Windsor. Her research centres on the construction, policing and regulation of sex/uality and gender, attending to the inter-relationships between gendered and raced social norms, social control, stigma, transgression, and resistance. She also researches and publishes on the criminalization and victimization of Indigenous peoples.