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Warrior, Vigilante, Advocate
Theresa’s passionate advocacy for one of the most vulnerable segments of our society is inspired by her own horrifying experience. As she introduces you to a world far beyond your mind’s reach, she’ll show it can really be found next door. And how one answer to it all might be found in a tiny bar of soap.
Ms. Flores has been a licensed Social Worker for over twenty years. She received her Master’s in Counseling Education from University of Dayton and a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Ball State University. She is the spokes woman and Director of Education & Training for Gracehaven House, a ten-bed long-term faith based care and rehabilitation home for young girls under the age of 18 who have been victimized by human trafficking.
Ms. Flores was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General’s Commission on the Study of Human Trafficking in 2009 and has testified before the Ohio House and Senate in supports of Human Trafficking Legislation. Her efforts were a major part of the success of SB235 being passed into law by Governor Strickland on Dec. 23, 2010.
She is a much sought after international speaker and lectures on many aspects of Human Trafficking from both a personal perspective as well as a professional expert. She has trained children services workers, judges, probations officers, guest lectures at universities across the US and speaks with middle and high school students nationwide.
Ms. Flores is featured by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum in a traveling exhibit entitled, Invisible Slavery and has published two books, “The Sacred Bath” and just released, “The Slave Across the Street”. The audio version of her latest book has also been recently nominated for The 2011 Audie Award, being in the top 5 of all memoirs and biographies.
Her story has been seen on The Today Show & MSNBC: Sex Slaves-The Teen Trade. Ms Flores was awarded the honor of Columbus’ 2009 “20 Women You Should Know,”’ The 2009 Soroptimist “Women Making A Difference” award and the 2010 Ruby Award.