About Now & Next

Now & Next: The 2019 World Without Exploitation Convening in Washington, D.C., brings together a national community of WorldWE members and allies to explore what’s new and what’s next in the movement to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation. With a four-part focus on direct service, legal advocacy, communications & storytelling, and trauma stewardship, Now & Next will be both aspirational and practical, homing in on actionable ways to make our movement and our membership more effective.

History shows us that lasting social and legal change occurs when many people – often very different people – come together on behalf of a shared goal. We may not always agree on tactics or solutions, but we do agree passionately on the importance of debate, dialogue, and finding common ground in order to create sustainable political and cultural transformation. This is what Now & Next is all about.

Our Goals Are

Fostering Collaboration

Our Convening will foster and further collaboration between WorldWE members and new allies.

Encouraging New Approaches

Now & Next will encourage new approaches to seemingly intractable movement challenges.

Creating Change

Our gathering will be a safe, diverse, and inclusive environment for participants seeking to create change while in community with one another.

Meet Our Speakers


The non-refundable registration fee for Now & Next: The 2019 World Without Exploitation Convening is $175 for World Without Exploitation members and $225 for non-members.*

Your registration fee includes:
- Continental breakfasts May 22 and 23
- Lunches May 22 and 23
- Awards cocktail reception May 22

The Wink Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 775-0800
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* To inquire about becoming a member, email Lauren@worldwe.org


A special rate of $229/night is available until May 1 at The Wink Hotel for Now & Next participants.

Parking and location information to be aware of:
- The hotel is located in DuPont Circle.
- The nearest airport is Reagan National (DCA).
- The hotel does not offer complimentary shuttle service from airports.
- The nearest Metro station is Dupont/Foggy Bottom.
- Union Station is 20 minutes away.
- Parking is available (valet only) at the hotel for $49/night with unlimited in/out access.

Reserve Your Room


|>Tuesday, May 21|
|5:00 - 6:30 pm|REGISTRATION OPEN|

|>Wednesday, May 22|
|7:45 – 8:30 am|MORNING MEDITATION|
|9:00 – 9:15 am|SURVIVOR SPEAK-OUT|
|9:15 – 9:45 am|OPENING PLENARY: Setting the stage: What’s now and what’s next.|
||Speaker: Lauren Hersh (World Without Exploitation)|
|9:45 – 10:00 am|BREAK|
|10:00 – 11:00 am| BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Choose one to attend.|| |A. In it for life? Innovative direct service models that make exiting ‘the life’ possible.|
||Moderator: Sonia Ossorio (NOW-NYC)|
||Participants: Nikki Bell (Living in Freedom Together), Vednita Carter (VCarter Consulting Services), Liz Rush (Seattle Against Slavery)|
| |B. Getting to the Nordic Model|
||Moderator: Alisa Bernard (Organization for Prostitution Survivors)|
||Participants: Trisha Baptie (Exploited Voices Now Educating), Ane Mathieson (Sanctuary for Families), Cherry Smiley (Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry)|
||C. Engaging men in the movement to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation.|
||Moderator: Rachel Foster (World Without Exploitation)|
||Participants: Jimmie Briggs (The Goldin Institute), Rus Ervin Funk (Rus Funk Consulting), Peter Qualliotine|
|11:00 – 11:15 am|BREAK|
|11:15 – 12: 30 pm|PLENARY PANEL: Seen and unseen: Messaging that makes an impact. Presented by Brew Communications and Topos Partnership, through the support of NoVo Foundation. |
||Moderator: Meg Bostrom (Topos Partnership)|
||Participants: Jeri Moomaw (Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative), Audrey Morrissey (My Life My Choice), Yasmin Vafa (Rights4Girls)|
|12:30 – 12:45 pm|PLENARY: Meaningful partnerships between public and private sector.|
||Speaker: Bill Silverman (Proskauer)|
|12:45 – 1:30 pm|LUNCH|
|1:30 – 2:30 pm|PLENARY PANEL: Intentional policies, unintended consequences: Confronting the real-world results of policy change.|
||Moderator: Taina Bien Aímé (Coalition Against Trafficking in Women)|
||Participants: Autumn Burris (Survivors For Solutions), Lori Cohen (Sanctuary for Families), Yasmin Vafa (Rights4Girls)|
|2:30 –  2:45 pm|BREAK|
|2:45 – 3:45 pm| BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Choose one to attend.|| |A. Making tech make it right: Confronting online exploitation.|
||Moderator: Marian Hatcher (Cook County Sheriff's Office)|
||Participants: Rick Lane (IGGY Ventures), Rob Spectre, Lisa Thompson (National Center on Sexual Exploitation)|
||B. Survivor healing as a journey, not a destination.|
||Moderator: Cherie Jimenez (EVA Center)|
||Participants: Noel Gomez (Organization for Prostitution Survivors), Audrey Morrissey (My Life My Choice), Sheila White (US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking)|
||C. First Responders: Identifying and addressing needs of human trafficking and sexual exploitation survivors.|
||Moderator: Shea Rhodes (CSE Institute Villanova Law School)|
||Participants: Mae Ackerman-Brimberg (National Center for Youth Law), Estela de los Rios (CSA San Diego County), Mariam Gerges (Bergen Family Center)|
|3:45 – 4:00 pm|BREAK|
|4:00 – 5:00 pm|PLENARY PANEL: Burn-out to radical self-love: The importance of self-care for the future of the movement.|
||Moderator: Rachel Durchslag (Emerge Asheville)|
||Participants: Dr. Brook Bello (More Too Life), Kaethe Morris Hoffer (Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation), Laura Mahr (Conscious Legal Minds)|
|6:30 pm and later|DINNER ON YOUR OWN|
|>Thursday, May 23|
|7:45 – 8:30 am|MORNING MEDITATION|
|9:00 – 9:45 am|KEYNOTE: What’s next nationally: Changing laws, changing lives.|
||Speaker TBA|
|9:45 – 10:00 am|BREAK|
|10:00 – 11:00 am|BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Choose one to attend.|| |A. Creating content that creates change: Art, media, and film as tools for changing minds and hearts on commercial sexual exploitation and gender based violence.|
||Moderator: Anne K. Ream (The Voices and Faces Project)|
||Participants: Kathy LeBackes (Wise Entertainment), David Krupp (Billups), Ada Trillo (Documentary Photographer)|
| |B. No buyers, no business: Research and recommendations on stopping demand for paid sex.|
||Participants: Peter Qualliotine,Alex Trouteaud (DemandAbolition)|
||C. Commercial sexual exploitation as a public health crisis.|
||Moderator: Gabrielle Fonrouge (NY Post)|
||Participants: Dr. Veronica Ades (NYU School of Medicine), Dr. Jennifer Bradford (UMass Medical School), Dr. Anita Ravi (PurpLE Clinic at Institute for Family Health Mt. Sinai)|
|11:00 – 11:15 am|BREAK|
|11:15 – 12:15 pm|PLENARY: New models successfully targeting demand.|
||Speakers: Ambassador Swanee Hunt (Demand Abolition), Sheriff William D. Snyder (Martin County FL Sheriff's Office)|
|12:15 – 1:15 pm|LUNCH|
|1:15 – 2:15 pm|PLENARY PANEL: The Cutting edge: Newest approaches to supporting survivors and ending exploitation.|
||Moderator: Lauren Hersh (World Without Exploitation)|
||Participants: Nikki Bell (Living in Freedom Together), Iris Cole (Do Good Artist), Shilpa Nadhan (Marriott International)|
|2:15 – 2:45 pm|PLENARY: Strategies for effective engagement with politicians.|
||Speaker: Jennifer Holdsworth (MWWPR)|
|2:45 – 3:00 pm|CLOSING PLENARY: Now, what’s next?|
||Speaker: Lauren Hersh (World Without Exploitation)|

Our Sponsors

Now & Next: The 2019 World Without Exploitation Convening is funded, in part, through the generous support of our sponsors, who believe as we do in creating a world where no one is bought, sold, or exploited.


Please email Lauren@worldwe.org

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