I recently had the opportunity to interview Christina Walker and Tomas J. Lares on the issue of human trafficking. We discussed this unseen epidemic both on a global level as well as what they are doing to fight this growing crisis here in Central Florida. To learn more about how you can get involved, check out their organizations below in their bios.
Christina Walker currently serves as the Executive Director of Samaritan Village, a ministry that provides safe housing and care for survivors of human trafficking through Ruth’s House. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Registered Mental Health Intern working on her licensure. Before graduating with her counseling degree, Christina worked as a mental health juvenile probation officer and community mental health liaison, in Texas. She has worked in Christian ministry for the past 8 years and has mentored women in recovery for over 10 years. To learn more about Samaritan Village visit their website http://samaritanvillage.net/.
Tomas J. Lares is the Founder/Executive Director of Florida Abolitionist, Inc. and the Cofounder/Chairman of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force, Inc. Lares has over 25 years of human services experience at the local, state and national level, managing and starting non-profit and public advocacy initiatives. In 2009 Lares initiated a newly formed non-profit called, Florida Abolitionist, Inc. an anti-human trafficking organization that networks and facilitates preventative and restorative solutions to ending modern-day slavery. In 2013, Lares cofounded the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force, Inc. To learn more about the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force visit their website http://gohttf.org/.