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Michelle A. Bart
NWCAVE National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation
Cell: (626) 644-3472 Office: (360) 852-8019

For Immediate Release



National, USA (December 6, 2013) – Daryl Hannah is taking a stand, will you? Erin Runnion continues to take a stand against violence, will you join her? We have a DREAM…a World Free from Modern-Day Slavery and in January, the public is invited to a powerful three-day conference!

The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) will be hosting their Southwest Conference Against Trafficking (SWCAT) in Pomona, CA; the Southwest Conference Against Trafficking will bring three conferences together for one powerful, educational and inspirational weekend January 17-19, 2014 at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Los Angeles County.

NWCAVE has partnered with Transitions and Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition to bring the conference to Southern California for a weekend you will not want to miss. The conference will offer breakout sessions, networking receptions, keynote speakers and author book signings. The Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award will be presented on Saturday evening at the conference to Denver’s ABC 7 Investigative Reporter Keli Rabon for exposing the truth behind untested rape kits in Denver that resulted in a national change in legislation. ""Fighting the 'war on women' must become a priority in our society…this can be accomplished only by making it a priority in our national dialogue and this conference opens up that conversation,” said Jane Velez-Mitchell, HLN.

Erin Runnion is the Founder and Director of The Joyful Child Foundation - In Memory of Samantha Runnion, (TJCF) a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse and abduction. Runnion will discuss lessons learned from the kidnapping and murder of her daughter, Samantha Runnion as one of the conference’s keynote addresses. Runnion will draw on her experiences advocating for laws to combat child exploitation.

The conference closes on Sunday, January 19th with an in-depth look at the dream of becoming a model; actress and advocate Daryl Hannah will share her experiences as she broke into modeling as a young woman and what almost occurred at the hands of talent agent with a hidden agenda. The closing program will also include a report from NWCAVE’s Operation Runway, the independent investigation into online modeling websites and what their investigation discovered.

Other Speakers include: James and Athena Pond (Transitions), Marissa Ugarte (Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition), Michael Ramos (San Bernardino County District Attorney), Julian Sher (author of “Somebody’s Daughter”), Ana Cody (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children), Sandra Morgan (Vanguard University), Dr. Barbara Hernandez (Crittenton Services for children and Families), David McCabe (Pasadena City College), Melissa Farley (Prostitution Research & Education) and Orange County Sheriff’s Department to name a few of over 50 speakers and survivors.

The public is invited to visit to register today!