Speaker Theresa Flores
Human Trafficking Survivor, Author, Victim’s Advocate, Founder of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Children from Prostitution)
Theresa Flores LSW, MSeD, human trafficking survivor, author, victim’s advocate, and founder of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), has been a licensed social worker for over twenty years.
She received her master’s in counseling education from the University of Dayton and a bachelor’s of social work from Ball State University. Ms. Flores was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission in 2009 and has testified before the Ohio House and Senate in support of human trafficking legislation. Her efforts were a major part of the success of SB235 being passed into law by Governor Strickland on Dec. 23, 2010.
Ms. Flores was recognized by current Ohio Governor Kaisch and received the Courage Award for her work in human trafficking. Ms. Flores is featured by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum in a traveling exhibit entitled "Invisible Slavery" and has published two books, The Sacred Bath and The Slave Across the Street. The audio version of her latest book was nominated for The 2011 Audie Award, being in the top five of all memoirs and biographies. Her story has been seen on The Today Show and MSNBC: Sex Slaves-The Teen Trade and S.O.A.P. has been featured on Nightline and America’s Most Wanted.