Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Sacred Beginnings, Grand Rapids, MI
Leslie King is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sacred Beginnings, a transitional program and home for women who have been trafficked, sexually exploited and who are often addicted to drugs. She has a heart for these women because she herself was molested, trafficked, and sexually exploited from a very young age which led to a 25-year battle living on the streets of Grand Rapids. She was able to break out of that life after a suicide attempt and a powerful encounter with God and has now dedicated her life to help women in the same situation. Since her life changed she has worked toward a Bachelors in Social Work, been a Health Hero Award Winner, a YWCA Advocate of the Year Award Winner, and Member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.
Dr. Celia Williamson
Professor of Social Work
The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Dr. Celia Williamson is the founder of Second Chance, a comprehensive program that partners with former victims of human trafficking and prostitution. Dr. Williamson has published over 25 articles on commercial sexual exploitation, given well over 200 presentations, been the keynote speaker at over 20 conferences, and has secured numerous awards for funding to help prevent and combat human trafficking in Ohio and around the United States. She served as the co-chair of the Lucas County Coalition on Human Trafficking and is a Chair on the Research and Analysis Sub-Committee for Ohio’s Trafficking in Persons State Commission.
Director and Founder
the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, East Lansing, MI
White is the Director and Founder of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, a non-profit organization through the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She has worked actively with the City of Detroit Police Dept., Jackson, Mississippi, Illinois agencies, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Fairfax County, Virginia, Florida, departments, Wayne Co. Metro Airport Police, California and east coast police departments, Thailand National Police, Juvenile Court System of Washington, DC as well as forming partnerships with 29 Police Agencies in Michigan in her role at the Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI) at MSU. Recently, she was appointed to the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking recommending legislation by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.