Paul LePage spent most of his life tackling one challenge after another—the kinds of challenges that defeat most people. The oldest son of 18 children, Governor LePage left home at 11 to escape domestic violence. He lived on the streets for two years before being taken in by two local families. In college, Governor LePage excelled academically and graduated with a BS in Business Administration in Finance/Accounting from Husson College. He then went on to earn an advanced college degree, an MBA from the University of Maine.

Before becoming Governor, he was elected Mayor of the City of Waterville and worked as the General Manager for Marden’s, a retail chain he helped to expand statewide. Prior to that, he headed a private consultancy firm providing services and advice to banks, law firms, client companies, insurance companies, bankruptcy courts and trustees. His private-sector experience includes consulting and management work in manufacturing, wood products, forestry, power, furniture, food and beverage, building supply and construction in Maine and Canada.

Governor LePage won reelection in 2014 with the highest number of votes ever cast for a Maine governor. He has attracted national attention for his ongoing efforts to reduce taxes, reform welfare and bring sound fiscal responsibility to state government. As Governor and throughout his life, he has been an outspoken advocate for reducing domestic violence in Maine. Governor LePage also supports anti-human trafficking efforts signing in 2014 a law making sex trafficking an affirmative defense to the charge of prostitution, preventing victims of trafficking from being branded with a criminal conviction. The Governor also declared January 25-31, 2015 as Human Trafficking Awareness Week.

Governor LePage welcomes you to the Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking with the goal to create a comprehensive state-wide action plan to combat human trafficking in Maine.



The UniTED.00ted States Attorney, District of Maine has been a key partner in the success of NOT HERE since its inception in 2011, and in the fight against human trafficking and the exploitation of vulnerable people. Thomas E. Delahanty II has served as US Attorney since 2010. Previously, he served as a Maine Superior Court Justice from 1983 to 2010, serving as Chief Justice for five years. Before that, he served as District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties; and as County Attorney (and Assistant County Attorney) for Androscoggin County in the 1970’s. He also served as the U.S. Attorney in 1980-1981. Mr. Delahanty is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont and the University of Maine School of Law. He serves on countless advisory committees and boards, and dedicates time to legal and public education programs in Maine, New England and nationally. A member of the Maine Trial Judges Association, Maine State Bar Association and the Androscoggin and Cumberland County Bar Associations. U.S. Attorney Delahanty was an honored guest and speaker at the NOT HERE conference in 2014, 2012 and 2011.



JanetMillsPhoto2011Attorney General Janet Trafton Mills was born in Farmington, Maine, and graduated from Farmington High School. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law where she was an editor of the Maine Law Review. Ms. Mills served as an Assistant Attorney General from 1976 to 1980. In 1980, she was elected District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, and was re-elected three times. She was the first female District Attorney in New England.

From 1995 through 2008, Ms. Mills practiced law in Skowhegan. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, representing the towns of Farmington and Industry. In December of 2008, she was elected by the Joint Convention of the Legislature to be Maine’s 55th Attorney General, the first woman Attorney General in Maine. During a hiatus in office, from 2011 through 2012, Ms. Mills taught Criminal Law at the University of Maine Augusta, and served as counsel in the Litigation Group of PretiFlaherty, LLP.

Ms. Mills was again elected as Attorney General in 2012, and re-elected in 2014. She continues to tackle the serious issues of domestic violence, heroin and opiate abuse, sex trafficking, and the protection of elders in Maine. She serves on the Criminal Law, Substance Abuse, and the Energy & Environment Committees of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Ms. Mills co-founded the Maine Women’s Lobby and leads the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Work Group comprised of local providers representing law enforcement, service provision, and public education. 



558519_10202343315489959_715089289_nBill Legere is an Family Nurse Practitioner at Central Maine Medical Center where he is a member of the Associate Professional Staff. He has worked at CMMC for the past 20 years, has been the recipient of several honors and awards, and uses his talents to help educate the next generation of nurses and NPs while working as an Associate Clinical Instructor at University of New England.

His heart for the vulnerable began almost 15 years ago during a medical mission trip to Romania. Since then he and his wife, Teresa, have adopted six girls from around the world, led several mission trips, founded the Foundation for Hope and Grace to help care for the orphans and vulnerable children, and co-founded Not Here Justice in Action Network (NHJAN) in an effort to facilitate collaboration with key members of society to address the threats of human trafficking and exploitation, child abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality. Bill is also a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) and volunteers as an asylum medical examiner for Physicians for Human Rights.



Jenny Clark photoJenny Clark is the Anti-Trafficking Ministries Coordinator for the Portland Salvation Army, and organizes the ministry of “The Well.”  Through “The Well,” The Salvation Army and survivor dee Clarke partner to outreach to women currently being trafficked and exploited on the streets of Portland.  Jenny has been involved with the Salvation Army for seven years and has a strong passion to work for human rights and social justice.  

Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Divinity with an emphasis in Children At Risk at Fuller Theological Seminary.  She is also a board member of Survivor Speak.  

Since she looks so young, Jenny was given the street name “Eleventeen” by a survivor.




dee ClarkeSurvivor anSurvivor Speak logod Founder of Survivor Speak, Dee comes by her wisdom from experience. She grew up in a severally abusive environment in a Boston housing project; in and out of foster care from ages 3 to 8. At age 12, she was sex trafficked by a pimp and spent her teen years growing up in Boston’s Combat Zone as a stripper. As a young mother, she sometimes ended up homeless and in shelters for months, while working several jobs and relying on soup kitchens, food stamps and food boxes. “I know this life inside out. I know what it is to not have a sense of self; to not know “I matter”, to not know comfort. I know what it is like to be unable to say, ‘no, leave me alone’. I know what it is like to not have a plan for a better life; I did not know what a better life was. I have experienced PTSD, dissociation, extreme poverty, and exploitation. I was a survivor longer than I was not. I was a victim long before a pimp got to me at age 12. I know how stereotyping fosters self-oppression and exclusion.” 


For more than 16 years, Dee Clarke has been organizing, educating and empowering adults and youth to speak out for public policy that affects their lives or the lives of their neighbors. She has organized groups to march, demonstrate, collaborate, dialogue, create; to have and to give voice; and to be at the table of decision-makers. Dee is known for her diplomacy and grace. Dee is a consultant for Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Preble Street Anti Sex Trafficking Coalition, and has many community partners with whom she works to assist women and youth out of sex trafficking, including The Salvation Army, Family Crisis, SARSM, Hope Rising, and local and state law enforcement. She continues to mentor sex trafficked clients through direct outreach and in collaboration with these partners.




Thérèse Couture is a data analyst with Polaris, a D.C.-based global organization helping to lead the fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors. As part of Polaris’ Data Analysis Program, she analyzes data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHRTC) hotline operated by Polaris and synthesizes this data with open source intelligence to build up detailed pictures of human trafficking trends and networks across North America. These efforts aim both to inform eradication efforts and to refine criminal network disruption strategies.


Thérèse is the author of a recent Polaris report on labor trafficking, “Knocking at Your Door: Labor Trafficking on Traveling Sales Crews.” She holds a Master’s degree (M.S.) in Applied Intelligence from Mercyhurst University, where she recently completed her thesis on the topic of strategic intelligence development on the human trafficking issue in Maine. A native of Sidney, Maine, the fight against domestic human trafficking has been one of her passions since being introduced to the issue by news reports about several local cases in 2009.



Samantha Hudson graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor of Social Work and The Ohio State University with a Masters of Social Work; she is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Ohio. Samantha is currently the Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator for the Salvation Army of Central Ohio. She is responsible for program development and coalition building in Central Ohio and the development and implementation of an emergency shelter for victims of human trafficking. In addition, she provides case management to survivors of human trafficking and/or commercial sexual exploitation. Moreover, she is responsible for facilitating trainings around human trafficking. Samantha has presented at the United Way Worldwide Leadership Conference on the topic of human trafficking and the need for a comprehensive community response and to the Capital University Honors Convocation and Undergraduate Scholarship Symposium on Human Trafficking in the United States. Also, Samantha has joined a professional team through International Justice Mission to present on the issue of human trafficking in Peru to the Peruvian leadership and service providers.



Elizabeth Ranade (Rahn-ah-day) Janis is the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator for the State of Ohio. She manages Governor Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, a partnership of 11 state cabinet agencies and boards and commissions working to comprehensively combat trafficking. As the state Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Elizabeth works in close partnership with local service providers, law enforcement officials and advocates. Prior to this role, Elizabeth spent five years working for World Vision, one of the world’s largest humanitarian relief and development organizations. She managed federally-funded foreign aid programs for those impacted by disasters around the globe, including the World Vision US Haiti earthquake response, and global anti-trafficking, child protection, and girls’ education programs. Before entering the world of relief and development, Elizabeth worked as Legislative Aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. Elizabeth holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from the Ohio State University.



Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 6.22.35 PMPat Kimball is the Executive Director for Wellspring, a substance abuse and mental health treatment center located in Bangor. She is a graduate of the University of Maine, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor and has been working in the field of substance abuse treatment and prevention for over 25 years. She has been actively involved in many changes throughout the years. Under her leadership, Wellspring received the award for Outstanding Performance in Sustainability, Planning and implementation of Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment into their programs.

Pat was recognized by Day One with a Make a Difference Award for her state wide advocacy for access to treatment. She is currently the lead in implementation of the Sanctuary Model which will certify Wellspring in becoming a trauma responsive agency. She is currently the President of the Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs and serves on many state committees in the areas of Child Welfare, Corrections, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. Pat is currently the Co-Chair of the Maine Anti-Heroin/Opiate Initiative Treatment Team.

Pat and her husband Charlie live in Hermon, Maine in the fall and winter and spend spring and summer at their cottage on beautiful Sebec Lake in Maine.



bio photoOriginally from “away,” Katie Kondrat has spent over ten years working in the anti-violence movement in Maine as an educator and advocate. During her tenure as the SART Program Manager at Sexual Assault Response of Southern Maine, Katie was recognized nationally and statewide for her programming, including outreach to homeless youth in partnership with the Preble Street Teen Center and as the founding chair of the Greater Portland Coalition Against Sex Trafficking and Exploitation.

As Program Coordinator at the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Katie provides support and technical assistance to sexual assault service providers, the Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network Provider Council, and anti-trafficking teams throughout the state.



MonindaMoninda Marube is a professional Kenyan runner whose life has been full of roadblocks from the time he was 10 years old living in Kenya.  Failing to get an education due to economical hardships, Moninda fought hard to define his purpose. Nearly everyone knows that Kenyan runners are fast. What everyone doesn’t know is how hard it is for most Kenyan runners to break out of the cycle of poverty to even think about becoming an elite runner. It is a long and arduous climb to reach competition on the global running stage.

Today, achievement in every major long distance running event around the world has been attained by Kenyan runners. Even with all the success, around 50% of Kenyans are still living in poverty, making it difficult to make a better life for themselves and their families. Some have seen running as a way out of the chains of poverty, but as prize money has grown for elite runners, so has the danger of corrupt managers taking advantage of the runners and controlling their futures.

Moninda Marube was born into such a life of hardship. After a failed presidential election in Kenya, Moninda’s home country, tribal clashes broke out forcing him to flee for his personal safety, for fear of losing his life. He arrived in America with promises of a better life, only to become a victim of human trafficking as an athlete for 9 months. It’s a lesser known and growing problem that affects athletes and their families, many of which are threatened by “agents” to gain leverage in the situation. Moninda has gone from running for his life, to running for others. He is on a mission to spread awareness of human trafficking and to end the labor trafficking of elite athletes and others. 



Finished Rising HopeCarey Nason is the Program Director for Hope Rising, a branch of Saint Andre Home.   Hope Rising is an anti-trafficking program that provides residential treatment for women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation.   Carey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).  Carey has several years of experience working with survivors of violence, particularly sexual and domestic violence. 




William Nolan is a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.  The Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit (or “HTPU”) prosecutes cases of adult-victim sex trafficking, forced labor, and other human trafficking-related crimes.  The HTPU works with federal agents and U.S. Attorney’s Offices in every District of the United States.  In addition to investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases, Mr. Nolan has conducted training on human trafficking to law enforcement, prosecutors, and government officials across the country and internationally.

Since joining the Department of Justice in 2007, Mr. Nolan has prosecuted several groundbreaking human trafficking cases, including U.S. v. Fields, in which the defendant compelled young women addicted to prescription pain killers into committing acts of commercial sex by controlling and withholding their drugs, thereby using the victims’ fear of withdrawal sickness as his weapon of coercion.  Mr. Nolan’s work on the Fields prosecution received the Civil Rights Division Distinguished Service Award.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Nolan was an Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.  Mr. Nolan also served as General Counsel to the Public Defender in 2006.  

Mr. Nolan is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (’94) and the College of William and Mary School of Law (’00).  Mr. Nolan was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Andrew L. Sonner of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.  Mr. Nolan is the co-author of the Maryland Law of Confessions, a Thomson-West publication.




SantoroScott Santoro is a Sr. Training Program Manager with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as well as the Blue Campaign Training Advisor. He manages training programs for the US Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign. These programs include training federal, state and local law enforcement about human trafficking; drug endangered children and unaccompanied children illegally crossing the US Border. Prior to coming to FLETC, Scott was a prosecuting attorney for over 15 years, working in the Seattle area. In addition, Scott has over 19 years of law enforcement training experience.

Notable projects Scott led include: a computer-based training program for state, local, tribal and campus officers to identify indicators of human trafficking; a second web-based course to train all DHS personnel about human trafficking; an advanced human trafficking course for federal agents and prosecutors and training for ICE Field Office Juvenile Coordinators. Scott produced two roll-call, training videos that provide law enforcement information about how learning about immigration relief for victims of crime provides a benefit to law enforcement and has produced over 15 scenario-based training videos on detecting human trafficking. Recently, Scott has trained foreign law enforcement about human trafficking in several foreign countries including Cambodia, Thailand, Zambia, Togo and Portugal.



headshotFarryl began working at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January of 2009 as a Senior Case Manager in the Family Abduction Unit. In August of 2013, Farryl was promoted to Senior Case Manager. In this role, Farryl provided technical assistance to parents and investigative support to law enforcement on domestic child abduction cases and international abductions to Canada, Caribbean and the Eastern Hemisphere. Farryl is now a Case Manager in the Child Sex Trafficking Unit where she collaborates with local and federal law enforcement, social workers and families, educating them on the issue of child sex trafficking, helping them identify signs of victimization and assisting in the recovery of actively missing children, as well as providing technical support for prevention measures.

Prior to her coming to work for NCMEC, Farryl worked for variety of investigative agencies.  While obtaining her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, Farryl interned at the New York City Department of Investigations and worked at New York County Defender Services as one of two investigators handling cases of violent crime and street crime. After obtaining her degree, Farryl worked as an Investigator at the New York County District Attorney’s Office investigating a variety of offenses such as financial crime, official corruption, fraud, violent crime and fugitive operations.  She also served as a field training officer.




Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 9.33.11 AMJessica Taylor, RN is the clinical lead for care management at St. Joseph Healthcare, a Covenant Hospital in Bangor, Maine. Her current responsibilities include identifying and caring for high risk patients in the community.


Prior to her current position she worked as a home care and hospice RN, a surgical nurse, and in an outpatient diabetes clinic.




Sheena BunnellSheena Bunnell is a native of New Delhi, India and earned her doctorate in economics from Florida State University. She was instrumental in the development of a cost neutrality model using Medicaid claims data and designing a per member per month budget cost model for the HIV/AIDS population in Maine. She also has experience working with sex trafficking victims in HIV/AIDS clinics in New Delhi. Sheena is passionate about healthcare policy and designing health strategies to allocate scarce resources more effectively to the vulnerable populations being served. She serves on the Maine Health Equity Council and is a professor of Business Economics at the University of Maine at Farmington.


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