Date: March 20, 5 PM - March 22, 10 AM
Place: First Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, Missouri
Speaker: Lisa Thompson, Director of Anti-Trafficking, World Hope International
Cost: The conference itself is free. Housing and meal costs are on your own.
Theme: Beauty for Ashes: Action Research for Mobilizing the Church against Human Trafficking
Labor and sex trafficking have increasingly come to the attention of local churches and many are scrambling to gain better knowledge and wisdom on this topic. Wesleyan-Holiness churches were heavily engaged in the abolition movements of the 18th and 19th Centuries. It is time to mobilize the research energies of the church to add a depth of knowledge and wisdom to a growing abolition movement.
Come for a primer on "human trafficking and the church" from global experts. Come hear what the Church of the Nazarene is doing around the world to equip the church as it becomes more engaged in "setting the captive free." Come learn about contemporary action-research that is helping the church learn where and how to get engaged. Come help us discern how we might mobilize the greater resources of the church, in particular its universities, to engage in the difficult work of abolition with greater knowledge, wisdom, and compassion.
Lisa Thompson joined World Hope International as director of Anti-Trafficking in September 2013. Prior to joining the WHI team, Lisa served for more than 12 years as the liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking for The Salvation Army USA National Headquarters. In this role, Lisa developed and coordinated strategies for The Salvation Army to create recovery services for survivors of sexual trafficking. Additionally during this time, Lisa advocated for public policy issues and initiatives related to sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Lisa also chaired The Salvation Army's North American Anti-Trafficking Council and directed its Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking.
Previous to her arrival at The Salvation Army, Lisa served as policy representative for the National Association of Evangelicals' (NAE) Office for Governmental Affairs in Washington, DC, from 1998 to 2001. While there, she was heavily involved in NAE's efforts seeking passage of legislation now known as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. From 1996 to 1998, Lisa lived in the People's Republic of China teaching English as a second language for Educational Services Exchange with China (ESEC). While in China, Lisa taught both at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade and Peking University, in addition to serving one year as head central administrator of ESEC's Beijing office at Peking University. Additionally, Lisa has served as a project administrator overseeing community development block grants and neighborhood revitalization projects for private consulting firms in Kentucky.
Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in government from Western Kentucky University, and her Master's degree in leadership, public policy and social issues, from Union Institute and University.