Workshop Recap

October 24, 2019

Human Trafficking Awareness Training

Following up on our Call to Action, we had an opportunity to learn more about how we can be engaged in the community as it pertains to Human Trafficking.



  • Kiricka Yarbough Smith, Human Trafficking Program Director, North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement

    Kiricka Yarbough Smith has over 18 years of combined experience working in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. She is deeply involved in the fight against human trafficking in North Carolina, serving as the Chair of the NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking and as manager of the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s human trafficking program. Since 2010, she has been a faculty member of the Futures Without Violence project, fostering collaboration to address human trafficking within domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Currently, Kiricka serves as the Human Trafficking Program Director for the NC Council for Women & Youth Involvement, continuing her commitment to empowering individuals and organizations to serve survivors of human trafficking and create communities free from violence.

    Nancy Hagan, Project No Rest, UNC-CH School of Social Work

    Nancy contributes eighteen years of experience in direct service and program development and administration in underserved rural communities in North Carolina. Her expertise includes coalition building with LEP Spanish speaking groups, in particular immigrants and agricultural workers, around issues of labor abuse, sexual and domestic violence, and human trafficking. Nancy previously served on the faculty of the College of Education and Psychology, Department of Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University where she advised and instructed graduate students, and conducted research with an emphasis on qualitative inquiry. She first encountered human trafficking in the mid 1990s as a faculty member when one of her graduate students reported a suspected case, and since that time, has been active in the anti-human trafficking movement.

    Pam Strickland, Founder of North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking

    Pam first became interested in the subject of Human Trafficking at a Missions Conference in 2006 where she learned about young girls being forced into prostitution in Asia.

    Since then, she has led three Mission Trips to Moldova, where part of the team’s job was to educate the young people about trafficking, in an effort to prevent them from becoming victims.

    Upon learning that Human Trafficking is a problem here in NC, she felt called to be active locally in educating our community about this issue and working towards preventing Human Trafficking. The nonprofit was incorporated in 2010.

    Pam has attended numerous conferences and received in-depth Human Trafficking Training from a variety of entities including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Freedom Network Training Institute, the Not for Sale Campaign, the FBI, the SBI, and GEMS.

    NC Stop Human Trafficking is a member of the NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and Pam served as the Co-Chair, until she rotated off the Board in December 2018.

    In 2016, Pam led the effort to start the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, modeled after the state-wide group.

    Pam trains professional groups in how to recognize human trafficking and respond to it. Groups trained in recent months include law enforcement, social workers, teachers, counselors, therapists, hotel/motel staff, healthcare providers and Crisis Intervention Teams.

    Pam earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1990. She and her husband are members of Oakmont Baptist Church in Greenville, and have a teenaged son.

    Charlene Reiss, Durham Crisis Response Center, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)/Human Trafficking Services Coordinator

    Charlene manages a multi-disciplinary team of governmental and nonprofit agencies to ensure a coordinated, victim-centered response to sexual assault victims in Durham. She also works with agencies in Durham, the region, and state to improve our communities’ recognition, referral, and response for survivors of human trafficking.