4th Annual “Restored Wings”, Reflections of Hope Banquet

Keynote Speaker:  Jerome Elam, Child Trafficking Survivor, Advocate, Author,
Deputized Special Agent at Utah Attorney General’s Office,
Trafficking in America Task Force, CEO.

Emcee: Julie Cornell, KETV Newswatch 7

Honorary Chairs: Sid and Dawn Dinsdale

Location: Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Embassy Suites – La Vista

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Restored Wings

4th Annual “Restored Wings”, Reflections of Hope Banquet and Silent Auction with Child Trafficking Survivor, Advocate, Author, Deputized Special Agent at Utah Attorney General’s Office, Trafficking in America Task Force, CEO, Jerome Elam.

Event Date: 09/13/2018
Doors Open: 05:30 PM
Dinner Time: 6:30 PM
End time: 08:30 PM

Event Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha
La Vista Hotel & Conference Center
12520 Westport Parkway
La Vista, Nebraska 68128

This year’s Restored Wings banquet will be held on September 13, 2018, from 5:30 – 8:30 PM at Embassy Suites La Vista. Once again, your tax-deductible gift (minus the cost of each meal) will help Rejuvenating Women to provide long-term housing, recovery, and aftercare services in our loving and compassionate therapeutic trauma-informed program at no charge.

Last year’s event drew over 513 attendees and raised nearly $155,000 for survivors of human trafficking. This year’s needs are equally as great.

Keynote Speaker: Jerome Elam

Jerome’s mission is to educate and empower local, state and federal law enforcement and the public with the tools to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. To advocate for all victims and survivors of human trafficking with a focus on trafficked males. The Trafficking in America Task Force “Boys are Not for Sale” initiative will be bringing together experts in the field to create the resources so desperately needed for trafficked males in their aftercare and healing. The “End Demand” initiative will work to address the influence of pornography as a driving force in sex trafficking and engage our young men in a conversation about healthy relationships. In conclusion, to make sure that not one more child suffers a ravaged childhood and a lifetime of pain and suffering as a victim of child sex trafficking. This will be accomplished by prevention through education and by making sure legislation is enacted that imprisons sexual predators and ensures the safety of our children.

Jerome Elam is President and CEO of Trafficking in America Task Force.

Raised in a broken home by an alcoholic parent, he is a survivor of child abuse/domestic violence, child sex trafficking, and child pornography.

Brought up in the South, Jerome enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen. The decision to serve was made, in part, as an effort to escape the tragic circumstances he was trapped in. Through the experience of serving his country, Jerome found a new beginning and embarked upon a journey that showed him the world. This opened his eyes to the strength of the human spirit.

After his completion of eight years in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Elam attended the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to spend several years working in the Biotechnology sector. Motivated by the painful memories of his past, Jerome found his inner strength and began to speak out about his abuse. Through this journey, he found the healing force of God’s unconditional love and discovered the joy of starting his own family.

Today, Mr. Elam is a fierce Advocate for all children deprived of their voice. He is a public speaker, a staff writer, and known columnist for Communities Digital News. Recently featured as one of New York’s New Abolitionists, he remains dedicated to the protection and empowerment of trafficked people. Staying true to values he learned in the Marine Corps, continues to provide a safe harbor for all, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual identity, or immigration status.

When asked to describe his life experiences Mr. Elam stated, “I have struggled against many things in my life and somehow I found a way to survive. Writing is my passion and it keeps me in touch with the wealth everyone holds deep inside their hearts and minds. I share my experiences in the hope that those suffering in silence will find the courage to speak out and share their voices. I have been blessed to have God reveal His purpose to me in saving innocent children from predators.”

Jerome has received the Award for Courage presented by the National Council of Jewish Women for his work in the advocacy arena and been deputized by the Attorney General of Utah.

Jerome has received the Award for Courage presented by the National Council of Jewish Women for his work in the advocacy arena and been deputized by the Attorney General of Utah.

Banquet Sponsors

Inspire Level

Simmonds Family Foundation

Holly Discher

Empower Level

Mary Jane Truemper

Encourage Level

Embolden Level

Rebecca Pecha

Jodeen Bradfield

Tony Cody

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