Kelly Tallon Franklin
CANADA’S LEADING EXPERT IN ANTI-HUMAN
TRAFFICKING AWARENESS AND CERTIFICATION
Kelly Tallon Franklin is a member of the Business and Professional Women London chapter (BPW London) and the founder of Courage for Freedom, a Canadian-based organization who exists to educate, train and certify front-line and community service providers on proven strategies and prevention tactics serves vulnerable victims of human trafficking and sexually exploited girls.
She is also the Executive Director of Farmtown Canada, a provider of minor-aged victim services and restorative “horse that heal” programs for young girls whose innocence has been compromised by criminals who recruited, coerced, and exploited them.
As a human-rights advocate specifically in the areas of human trafficking, women’s rights and community protection, Kelly has been a long-time voice for those in the vulnerable sector. She works tirelessly to share her message and advocacy to government, corporations, municipalities and communities.
Kelly believes that Courage for Freedom is born out of doing the right thing. It is not just a social justice issue, but a human issue where each one of us is called to lead our lives honourably and with impact to take action and foster positive, lasting change.
Dr. Olga Marques
Dr. Olga Marques
Dr. Olga Marques is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario Tech University) in the Criminology and Justice Program. Her teaching and research interests focus on the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, and race, with justice, regulation, criminalization, and victimization. She also publishes in the area of Indigenous victimization and over-criminalization. She has previous employment experience in the criminal justice field, including as a victim support worker, program assistant in a social housing community, and working in a programmatic capacity with federally incarcerated women. Olga is currently the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Sexual Violence Prevention and Support at Ontario Tech University. Since 2013, Olga has served on the Board of Directors of the Durham Rape Crisis Centre, where she is currently the Vice President.
Karly Church is a Crisis Intervention Counselor, Social Service Worker, and advocate for survivors of domestic sex trafficking. She has worked front line with youth involved in sex work and trafficking situations for more than 4 years. Recently, Karly works at Victim Services of Durham region, where she provides specialized services and support to survivors of Human trafficking. Karly is a graduate from two college programs including a mental health and addiction worker program, as well as the social service worker program. As a survivor of domestic human trafficking, she harnesses her lived experience, extensive knowledge, along with her passion to engage and work with survivors of human trafficking. Karly works with individuals in meeting their basic needs while providing support with a trauma-informed perspective. Working tirelessly to remove stigma through sharing her story in many settings, including keynote speeches throughout Canada, Karly has trained and presented to thousands of social service providers through facilitating workshops and training. Having done numerous youth symposiums, presentations, consultations, interviews and panels on human trafficking, Karly is dedicated to providing preventative education as well as bringing awareness to the broader community.