2019 St. George UCAP Conference
The Connection of Human Trafficking and Pornography: Trafficking in a Digital Age
Born and raised in the Midwest Jessica found her calling in life when she was 13 years old on a church mission trip in the inner-city of Brooklyn, New York. Following high school, she has worked for 18 years in six different states and over 20 countries internationally in non-profit empowering youth in foster care, areas of mental health and human trafficking. Her primary focus has been helping children and youth heal from trauma and empowering them in their hopes and dreams for the future. She also has first-hand experience through being a therapeutic foster parent for children that experienced severe neglect, abuse or human trafficking. Jessica is passionate about collaboration and has been able to train and serve on six continents.
She had two bachelors degrees. One is in Theological and Biblical Studies, and the second is in Education with a focus on family and relationships from Multnomah University. She completed the Arts Bridge Scholar grad level program at the University of Utah, has been trained in NLP and is certified in the Teaching Family Model. Jessica has a strong belief that there is always hope for everyone and sometimes it just takes one person pouring into another that will be forever life-changing. When she’s not working she loves being in the outdoors hiking, rock-climbing and of course eating frozen yogurt along the way.
Tyler received degrees in Spanish and Healthcare Administration from Utah State University and Brigham Young University-Idaho. Tyler’s history of volunteer work includes serving with organizations like Kingdom Global, The Tim Tebow Foundation, The Make A Wish Foundation, Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, and the Children’s Tumor Network. Tyler has since served all over South America. He is fluent in Spanish.
In 2013, Tyler returned to the Dominican Republic and founded Gifts of Grace, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing the exploitation of children in the Dominican Republic and supplying aftercare for victims of child pornography, human trafficking and sex tourism. The foundation now works all over Latin America. Tyler has been with O.U.R. for almost two and a half years and has worked in aftercare in over 10 different countries. He considers it an honor to witness the liberation and restoration of God’s precious children.