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In this episode of The 411 Live, host Beverly Taylor, continues into Part 2 with our guest, Dr. Debbie Lassiter, CEO of Convergence Resource Center and Lisa McCormick, a Parent Advocate.  We continue to discuss the impact that sex trafficking has on the family. Lisa continues her story, giving detailed account of how her son’s experience impacted her and the family. The misunderstandings they had with the situation and the trauma they experienced with it. Lisa goes on to say,  “Yeah. And I kind of compared it a lot to, I’m having a newborn baby at home again. We did not trust him anymore, um, after all the runaways and all the drug use and everything. And so I had to have somebody watch him 24 hours a day. So someone had the day shift, someone had the night shift. We never, you know, left him completely alone”.

Dr. Debbie Lassiter goes on to explain the family’s side of sex trafficking and what it does over time. The change in the types of relationships the victim has with their families, what seems to be a sudden change in personalities, and the right and wrong ways families can respond to such a tragic situation. Dr. Debbie Lassiter says, “The family will absolutely have vicarious trauma. They will absolutely, because they love the person. They absolutely will feel some of what they felt and then they won’t know what to do with that feeling”. Dr. Debbie Lassiter also goes on to explain how a family member can approach the situation and the understanding family members will need to have to help support trafficked victims.  Sex trafficking doesn’t just effect the victim but also the ones close to them, it’s a ripple effect. Join Beverly and guest as we embark on change, for a better future.

About Through the Eyes of a Parent Program

This program is designed to offer support for those whose loved ones are being or have been sexually exploited, involved in human trafficking or the commercial sex trade. Some of the topics that will be covered in this 12 session program include: trafficking and how it affects your life, barriers to re-entry, preparing parents and loved ones for re-entry. We have worked with community leaders, mental health professionals and persons with lived experience to develop this program. If this interests you and you are working with families that could use this type of support Convergence Resource Center would like to share more with you at an informational meeting.

If you would like to learn more about Convergence Resource Center and Through the Eyes of a Parent, email them at [email protected] or contact them at (414)-979-05-91.

Website: convergencesresource.org

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733)

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Beverly Taylor, Host

Beverly Taylor is a prober, listener and talker. She utilized all those skills as an anchor and reporter at WITI-TV (Fox 6 News). During her 21 years there, Beverly became a very recognized face in southeast Wisconsin. The most rewarding aspect of the job for her was telling stories that make a positive difference in people’s lives and stories that bring awareness. That included multiple stories about sex trafficking, which makes this podcast about the subject a logical fit.

For her efforts, Beverly has received a lot in return. She’s met people in different stages of life: during their most joyous times, their most vulnerable times, and their most painful times. These people have given Beverly tremendous examples of courage, generosity and determination.

Beverly has received many honors for her reporting, including three EMMY nominations. The University of Tennessee graduate also has a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from Marquette University. She left TV news in December of 2019. Resolving conflict is another way she hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of others. She is a video production contractor, voice-over artist and podcaster.

Putting God first is a constant aim for Beverly. She is a member of New Testament Church of Milwaukee, and loves hanging out with her husband Julian and son, Nate.

Lashondra Scott, Producer

LaShondra Scott is a visionary leader on a mission to change the conditions, mindsets and attitudes of community residents through transformative and mission-driven films, television shows and new media.

LaShondra, a production executive for over 15 years, has produced and directed television programing, documentaries, video and radio content that has been broadcasted on a variety of outlets including, MPTV, radio 1290 WMCS and cable outlets. Scott, President and CEO of Neo Soul Productions also creates inspiring videos for business, organizations and non-profits.

LaShondra’s keen interest in her community and an intense desire to change the conditions so many of her fellow citizens experience, help her focus her eye on films that make a difference. With God’s guidance, she seeks to completely transform the mindsets and attitudes of individuals as wells as provide a sense of direction and purpose for all who share her vision.

“Always live life with a purpose” is Lashondra’s motto. She strives to make at least one person smile everyday because, as she says, “You never know what that person is going through, and making them smile could change their mood and make life just a little better.”

At an early age, Lashondra saw her life through the lens of a camera. She was 16 when she decided that television/video production would be her vocation. With that in mind, she attended Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and earned an Associate’s Degree in Television/Video Production. She then earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Glendale, WI.

She is on the programming committee of the Milwaukee Film Makers Alliance and is part of the Human Trafficking Taskforce of Milwaukee and Sojourner’s Family Peace Center’s human trafficking task force.

Dewayne Edwards, Associate Producer

Dewayne Edwards was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He loves all areas of filmmaking and is passionate about using the world around him to inspire his stories. With his passion for writing, he loves to develop stories to not only show a journey but to get the audience thinking.

With experience in writing, producing, and directing, Dewayne inspires to grow the filmmaking community in Milwaukee to show the different ways we can express our creative minds. Having grown up in Milwaukee, Dewayne knows that there are a lot of stories to tell to help and inspire people all over the world.