Past Events

Our past programs have included speakers from a variety of organizations:


January 2017

Screened: Episode One of "A Path Appears," Sex Trafficking in the USA" A PBS Independent Lens Film

November 2016

Helen Mireles, Ph.D., LMSW, Victim Assistance Specialist, ICE:  Homeland Security Investigations, Victims Assistance Program/Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking

October 2016

Susan Burkholder, Presentation Coordinator for Ransomed Life: "Ransomed Life's Mentor Program, Education Program, and Collaboration with Traffic 911

September 2016

Chuck Paul, President of Alamo Youth Center, Inc.: "Trafficked Teens", a collaborative effort of the National Council of Jewish Women and SAAS

August 2016

Saul Castellanos, Founder and CEO, Freedom Youth Project: "I Am The Change", a program especially geared toward youth and their parents.

May 2016

Gladys Ojeda, ChildSafe

April 2016

Spring Workshop: Human Trafficking and The Pimp Culture (repeat of the Fall 2015 Workshop presentation due to significance of the topic), presented by Kirsta Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Unit of the Office of the Texas Attorney General

March 2016

Supported the screening of "The Long Night" and post-film panel discussion at the Santikos Bijou Theater.

February 2016

Charles "Chuck" Paul, CPS Special Investigator, "Finding San Antonio's Trafficked and Lost Children"

January 2016

Documentary: "The Cantinera" --modern day slavery in the local nightclubs. Dottie Laster, who is in the film, returned to be with us for this screening and answer questions.

November 2015

Dottie Laster, Director, Heidi Search Center,  "Abandoned, Abused and Neglected Children: The Grooming Process of Human Traffickers". Dottie is also a trainer, consultant, advisor and producer of TV and movie projects, and participates in rescue and restoration efforts.

October 2015

Jesus Said Love Speaker: Melanie Warren, City Team Leader, shares the revolutionary love of Christ with women in the commercial sex industry to awaken hope and empower change.

September 2015

Fall Workshop: Human Trafficking and The Pimp Culture, presented by Kirsta Melton, Assistant Attorney General, Texas Attorney General’s Office

August 2015

Human Trafficking 101, presented by Tara Garner, SAAS Leadership Team Member

May 2015

Ryan Wright, Assistant District Attorney, Bexar County - Recent anti-human trafficking efforts and legislation. 

April 2015

Natasha Sobers, Heidi Search Center

March 2015 - Spring Workshop

Human Trafficking - Two Aspects: Labor and Prevention – Speakers: Rodney Klein, EEOC, and Saul Castellanos, Freedom Youth Project Foundation

February 2015

Rev. Denise Barker, Founder/Exec. Director, Magdalena House, San Antonio - Magdalena House is a transitional house for mothers with young children who have fled dangerous and abusive lives.

January 2015

Screened: Magdalene House/Thistle Farms (Nashville, TN) - interviews with Becca Stevens, Founder, and also former victims of trafficking.

November 2014

Kim Van Hooser, Founder/Executive Director, Ransomed Life
Ransomed Life is a healing community dedicated to the support and recovery of girls between the ages of 12-18 who are the survivors of sexual abuse.

October 2014

Jonathan Ryan, Executive Director, RAICES
​RAICES is a charitable organization that provides free and low-cost legal services and education to under-served immigrant children, families and refugees.

September 2014 - Fall Workshop

Education, Intervention, Prevention – Speakers: Saul Castellanos, Freedom Youth Project Foundation; Scott Pool, Bexar County Juvenile Probation Dept.; Debra Jordan, Bexar County Re-Entry Program.

August 2014

Helen Mireles, Ph.D., LMSW, Victim Assistance Specialist, ICE Homeland Security Investigations: “Human Trafficking: A Victim Centered Approach”

May 2014

Debra Jordan, Bexar County Re-Entry Program. This program helps former prostitutes get services and leave that life. Debra is a 25-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, a former Deputy Chief with Bexar County, a Master Jailer and Master Peace Officer.

March 2014

Rodney Klein, Education and Training Manager, EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). The EEOC participates in inter-agency efforts, opening a new frontier in combating trafficking, and seeking justice for the victims.

February 2014

Major David Hodge, The Salvation Army . . . engaged in the modern-day fight against human trafficking.

January 2014

Screened a 30-minute documentary, Not For Sale II, based on the book of the same name, written by David Batstone.

November 2013

FBI - Sandra Garcia, the Community Outreach Specialist for the San Antonio Field Office of the FBI, spoke about some of the programs and resources provided by the FBI, such as their “Child ID” app for smart phones and the SOS (Safe Online Surfing) program available on their web site.

September 2013

We held our second workshop of 2013 with Dr. Tomi Grover, Speaker, Teacher and Author. Her book, Compelled, had just been released.

August 2013

This program was presented by the Leadership Team of SAAS and included information in five areas: SAAS: Who We Are; Local Organizations in San Antonio; Political/Legislative; Websites; Other Media: Books and Video.

May 2013

Jesus Said Love, an organization whose focus is on reaching out to women in strip clubs.

April 2013

All Things New, a faith-based organization providing residential services for victims of sex trafficking. Presented by Linda Caswell, Founder.

March 2013

Rape Crisis Center - Presentation on their services and work they are doing related to sex trafficking.

February 2013

Workshop - Issues and Scope of Human Trafficking, presented by Kirsta Melton, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office; and The Impact of Slavery on a Victim, presented by Dr. Beverly Valtierra

January 2013

Freedom Youth Project Foundation, “How To Talk About Human Trafficking”, presented by Nilda Castellano.

SAAS holds meetings and workshops throughout the year, with guest speakers
and a variety of program topics related to human trafficking.

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