Brandon Darby, “The Rise of Human Trafficking – Challenges to Law Enforcement”
Brandon Michael Darby rose to international recognition for his role in co-founding and directing the Common Ground Relief organization in New Orleans’ 9th Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Once a prominent radical who worked with the hard-core Left, Brandon was ultimately transformed into a patriot by his experiences. His deep love for his country now drives him to support and protect the rule of law.
After turning in a Palestinian radical to the FBI for plotting to filter money to radical groups that fund violence against Israelis, he began work as an FBI informant and gained international recognition for his role working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force to stop attacks against US citizens and Israelis.
While working as an informant, Brandon helped expose and stop a violent attack of terrorism at the 2008 GOP convention in Minnesota. This event revealed him as an informant and quickly put him at the top of the Left’s ‘most hated’ list. He refused to be silent and enter the Witness Protection Program. Instead, he has become a bold supporter of law enforcement.
Darby has worked with the FBI on human trafficking cases and spoken out on behalf of the men and women in law enforcement whose deep commitment to fighting this horrendous crime is too often hindered by politics and bureaucrats. Brandon works closely with advocates for the victims of human trafficking and has himself provided safe haven shelter for victims.
His work and efforts have been profiled in hundreds of print, radio, and television interviews. He has been a subject of numerous documentaries and is a national investigative journalist.
Missy Zivney, Refuge of Light: “The What, Why, & How of Child Sex Trafficking”
Missy Zivney is the mother of four children. She has been married to her husband, Chris Zivney, for 20 years. She is a co-founder and Assistant Director for Refuge of Light (www.refugeoflight.org), a non-profit ministry that seeks to provide redemptive rescue and restoration for young girls victimized by human trafficking. Her passion is social justice in scope of what the Church’s role is in this world, with a special focus on mission-based ministry. She specializes in training individuals regarding the issue of child sex trafficking in America. Missy has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Deaf Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood.
The vision of Refuge of Light is to transform the broken lives of human trafficking victims into brilliant lives through individualized plans of restoration designed to equip these young girls with confidence and the skills to realize and formulate their own vision for a new, healthy, and meaningful life.
Kenny Rigsby, For the Silent, “The Watchmen Project” (The project targets three key locations: street outreach, juvenile detention centers, and online escort ads. Having “watchmen” in these key areas will reduce the problem, assist in locating current victims, and provide survivors with a way out.)
Husband and wife team Kenny and Julie Rigsby founded For the Silent in 2007, “the silent” representing those silenced by sex trafficking and exploitation. In the beginning, For the Silent focused primarily on child sex trafficking in Southeast Asia, assisting local organizations with much-needed project funding. www.FortheSilent.org
After three years of focusing on SE Asia, the depth of the problem within their own backyard drew them to focus their efforts on the United States. FTS began working to implement best practices and successful models locally in 2010. The long-term vision of For the Silent is to see the global Body of Christ engaged in the battle against trafficking and active in the journey to restoration for survivors. To ensure children are protected, rescued, and given a place to call home, FTS reaches out locally through the Watchmen Project and mobilizes community action with their church training program. Through partnerships with law enforcement and social service providers, For the Silent works to see rescue and long-term care brought to survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation.