The Disturbing Link Between Sex Trafficking & Foster Care

Information and Discussion

When: July 8, 2019 from 7-8:30pm

Where: CrossRoads Church (1127 Surrey Crescent Norfolk, Va)

Join us as leaders in our community bring awareness and help us understand the complexities surrounding sex trafficking and the impacts on children in foster care. 

They'll be able to answer questions and provide ways that we can be a part of the solution - both individually and collectively. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please register in advance so we can plan materials accordingly. 

The Reality

  • The Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as a “modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain.”

  • Roughly 60% of all sex trafficking victims in the United States are in the foster care system.

Discussion Leaders


Pat McKenna, VBJI

Patrick J. McKenna, Esq., is Director and Co-Founder, along with his wife, Lori, of the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative (“VBJI”) a faith-based non-profit organization founded in 2011. VBJI is dedicated to preventing and ending trafficking and helping victims in southeastern Virginia. Since 2011, VBJI has been raising awareness, training groups about the ploys of traffickers and signs of sex trafficking, doing case management for victims, advocating for better state laws, and partnering with governmental and non-governmental organizations to develop protocols and wrap-around services for victims in the Hampton Roads area. As one of the two faces of VBJI, Mr. McKenna has done interviews with TBN, CBN, local television ABC, NBC & CBS affiliates, radio, and newspaper/internet news sources.

Mr. McKenna has practiced law for over 28 years and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. He earned his B.A. and B. Mus. Degrees cum laude from S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam and his J.D. degree from Regent University School of Law. He has been happily married to Lori for 28 years and is the proud father of three adult children.


Brittany Dunn, Safe House Project

Brittany Dunn has the distinct honor of helping lead Safe House Project as the Chief Development Officer. Safe House Project is a national leader supporting survivors of sex trafficking in America by accelerating safe house networks and ensuring restorative healing and empowerment. Our vision is to see communities across America unite to end domestic sex trafficking and restore hope, freedom, and a future for every survivor.

Prior to Safe House Project, Brittany spent 10 years in International Business Development at working around the world. Brittany Dunn has a B.A. in Economics and English from Wellesley College. She has her MBA, and graduated top of her class from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is a military spouse, mother of two, continual learner, world traveler, and protector of the vulnerable.