Kathryn Torres has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 9 and half years and is assigned as the full-time coordinator and detective of the Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force. She works collaboratively with victim service providers, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations to rescue victims and arrest their traffickers. Her main objective in the Task Force is to educate fellow first responders on signs of Human Trafficking, establishing a protocol, investigating these crimes, and working with victims in a trauma informed dynamic.
Dawn Schiller is an expert survivor-leader in the anti-trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault movements. Abused and trafficked on the streets of Hollywood in her teens by the infamous porn actor, John Holmes, she survived the gruesome Wonderland Avenue murders in 1981 and ultimately turned him into the police. The movie, “Wonderland” depicts her story, portrayed by Kate Bosworth and Val Kilmer as John Holmes. She recently worked with NBC Universal on a docu-drama surrounding the Wonderland murders due for release in 2018.
Her subsequent years of struggle to survivorship, education and service to others offer valuable first-hand insight to community advocates. Today, she is a national speaker, educator, consultant, and author.
Michael Munn has a long varied law enforcement background starting in 1987 with the Buena Park Police Dept. before becoming a DA Investigator for the Orange County District Attorney’s office in 1998. During his tenure there some of his assignments were Gangs, DEA Task Force, Anti-Terrorism Organized Crime Unit, DNA Unit, Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force and Human Trafficking. With the OCDA he prepared and executed over 100 search and arrest warrants.
In November 2015, Mr. Munn was hired by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office as a DA Investigator II. He is currently assigned to Human Trafficking and was tasked to form the VC HT Enforcement Team, which includes members of local VC police agencies, the FBI and Amtrak Police.
Christan has worked in social, wellness, and human services for 14 years, having worked in both Ventura and San Diego Counties. She began her career in social services as a case manager for “At Risk” Youth, and now oversees the human trafficking shelter and community-based advocacy programs at Interface. Christan’s professional ventures have provided her the opportunity and experience of working directly with victims and survivors of human trafficking, and raising awareness to the issue in our community.
From working in homeless outreach sites, to psychiatric care facilities, and drop-in centers, Christan has become well versed with the Peer Advocacy Model, Stages of Change, and the personal and professional perception that all persons were created equally. She believes everyone deserve the opportunity to be heard, and supported in reaching each own’s identified successes, free of judgement and stigmatization. Christan strongly believes that a community free of stigma will better support the survivors in accessing the resources and benefits made available to them. Without these services, and support, victims of human trafficking continue to run the risk of further victimization.
Dr. Allyson Richard is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician at Los Robles Hospital. After attending the Soroptimist 9th annual event two years ago she was motivated to create and present a training program for medical staff recognizing ER patients who could be victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking.
Allyson attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, did her internship and residency at UCLA Hospital. She has done much community service and volunteering by mentoring youth through Career Days, STD/AIDS classes, harmful effects of smoking and drugs, and volunteering at Cass Free Clinic, Detroit, MI. free clinic.
Dr. Richard has done international service in Nepal and Peru. She organized and lead trauma workshops and “Introduction to Tuberculosis and Filariasis” in Mae Sot, Thailand.
She is a busy mother to three children as well as working and teaching medical staff with her new platform of recognizing human trafficking victims.