2019 Keynote Speakers

REBECCA AYLING

Project Director; NH Human Trafficking Task Force

BIOGRAPHY:
Rebecca Ayling is a social worker who received her masters degree at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. She began her formal career in 2008 with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families and then England’s Children’s Services programs. In 2015, Rebecca began to work in counter trafficking internationally, after an impactful internship experience (2005) in India. In 2017 Rebecca returned to the United States and began working with Child and Family Services of New Hampshire as a part of their new Human Trafficking Victim Services Program. Rebecca Ayling is the Project Director for the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force which strives to improve identification of victims of trafficking, support law enforcement to increase investigations and prosecutions of this crime, improve New Hampshire’s ability to understand human trafficking and come together to combat both sex and labor trafficking across the state.

PLENARY SESSION TOPIC(S):
Labor Trafficking in New England: What we know, what we don’t and what we are doing about it

BRYAN BESSETTE

Co-founder and President; The Freedom Cafe

BIOGRAPHY:
Bryan Bessette is the co-founder and president of The Freedom Cafe, a 501c3 based in Durham, NH working to end human trafficking through consistent community engagement, education and a simple way to fund the work necessary for a traffic-free world. 

Bryan has led the organization into collaborations with Stop the Traffik, the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking and the NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force and has supervised large scale human trafficking awareness events around New England. His efforts led the organization to receive the Campus Compact for NH Presidents Community Partner Award in 2017. 

Bryan regularly supervises student internships in areas of business and non-profit management, research, communication and community leadership. Bryan received his BS in Education at Plymouth State University and is Ordained by the Assemblies of God. He has served as a Chaplain at the University of New Hampshire since 2002 and as adjunct faculty at UNH and Great Bay Community College.

As a leader in the abolition movement, Bryan seeks to bring critical understanding to the intersection of global supply chains, human trafficking and conscious consuming. Bryan is not afraid to challenge the way things are done and is passionate about bringing people together to learn from one another and translate ideas and beliefs into beneficial action. 

A long time tea lover, Bryan now equally enjoys the nuances of coffee and appreciates the culture and style of the specialty coffee world. Bryan and his wife, Hannah live in Durham, NH with their three children, Ethan, Micah and Libby. 

PLENARY SESSION TOPIC(S):
Just Sourcing: Engaging the Business Community in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

STEPHANIE CLARK

Executive Director; Amirah

BIOGRAPHY:
Stephanie Clark is the Executive Director of Amirah. She is a passionate advocate for victims and survivors of sex trafficking, working to provide not only a place for aftercare to exist for these individuals, but develop a greater system of aftercare within our communities. She has a desire to see both global and domestic changes in the view of women. She came to Amirah after serving for four years as an Associate Pastor on the North Shore of Boston. Prior to that, she was a small business owner. She is a writer, public speaker and advocate. She presented at the Tri-County Human Trafficking Conference in Killington, VT, provided testimony to the Massachusetts State Judiciary Committee, and has been called upon by local leaders within this movement to bring insight for best practices when working with survivors.

She has her undergraduate degree in biblical languages from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. She comes to New England from Michigan. She and her husband, Dave, enjoy hiking together with their two daughters. In her down time, she loves to read a good book with a cup of tea while Nina Simone is playing in the background.

PLENARY SESSION TOPIC(S):
Working Together to Support Aftercare Program

PETER DIMARZIO

Victim Assistance Coordinator, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

BIOGRAPHY:
Peter DiMarzio has over 30 years of experience in serving victims of violence and currently serves as a Victim Assistance Coordinator with Homeland Security Investigations. He is assigned to the Human Trafficking and Cyber crimes Units of HSI. Peter’s area of responsibility includes the six New England states and works closely with Federal, State, local Law Enforcement, USAO’s, DA’s Offices and Non-Governmental Agencies to ensure victims needs are met. Peter coordinates and Chairs a Victim Provider Service Meeting which is held quarterly and attended by those providing services to victims of crime. Prior to his work with Homeland Security Investigations, Peter worked for the United States Coast Guard as the Employee Assistance Coordinator, where he worked with victims of sexual assault, work place violence and those experiencing suicidal ideation. Peter is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills in de-escalating those expressing suicidal ideation. He has addressed the United Nations on Human Trafficking issues on several occasions and is a NGO Committee Member on Mental Health at the United Nations. Peter holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

PLENARY SESSION TOPIC(S):
Working Together to Support Aftercare Program

NANCY GALLINARO

Founder/Executive Director; Just Love Worldwide

BIOGRAPHY:
Nancy Gallinaro is the founder and Executive Director of Just Love Worldwide, a Charitable Non-Profit in Portland, Maine.  After learning about sex trafficking in 2011, Nancy served with Hope for Freedom, a church-based initiative in Florida that raises awareness, builds partnerships and brings hope and restoration to victims of modern day slavery.

Nancy returned to Maine in 2014, and after working with several organizations, she launched Just Love Worldwide in 2018.  JLW was formed to fill the support and services gap for survivors of sex trafficking in Greater Portland, and has grown to assist with Prevention, Identification, Escape, Restoration and Reformation and hopes to provide residential services in the coming years. 

PLENARY SESSION TOPIC(S):
Community Collaboration in Portland Maine

LISA THOMPSON

Vice President of Policy and Research; National Center on Sexual Exploitation

BIOGRAPHY:
As Vice President of Policy and Research for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Lisa conducts analysis on a wide-ranging web of sexual abuse and exploitation issues, with an emphasis on the public health harms of pornography. She also liaises with public officials, advocates, and academics to promote policies aimed at the prevention of harms associated with issues such as child sexual abuse, child-on-child harmful sexual behaviors, sexual objectification, pornography, stripping, prostitution, sexual trafficking, sexual assault, and more. Lisa routinely speaks and trains on sexual abuse and exploitation topics for a diverse range of audiences.

Lisa joined NCOSE following nearly two years with World Hope International where as Director of Anti-Trafficking, Lisa oversaw its sex trafficking recovery programs in Cambodia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Lisa served for more than 12 years as the Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking for The Salvation Army USA National Headquarters. Lisa is a contributing author to Hands that Heal: International Curriculum for Caregivers of Trafficking Survivors, as well as the book Global Perspectives on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:  Europe Latin America, North America, and Global.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Western Kentucky University, and Masters degree in Leadership, Public Policy and Social Issues from Union Institute and University.

PLENARY SESSION TOPIC(S):
Why it’s so important to work together and how to do it well