Tonya Turner Bio
The purpose for the creation of a human trafficking & exploitation prevention education curriculum to be used in U.S. middle and high schools.The mission of this effort is to prevent children in New York City and elsewhere in the U.S. from being trafficked and exploited. This curriculum should empower teens with the necessary knowledge and skills to avoid the schemes of human traffickers and others who would exploit them, and to support and equip teachers to recognize the indicators to interrupt exploitative situations.
I’m currently working with “UNITAS” which is an organization whose thrust is to stop trafficking before it stops . They have had success in Serbian schools working closely with the Serbian governments. They have asked me to partner with them as the lead project director. The ask they have is that I solidify a list of schools (minimum 20) in NYC that would commit to piloting and eventually rolling out a preventive curriculum.
Tonya Turner served as the National Training and Technical assistance Director during
her tenure at GEMS (Girls educational and Mentoring services). Which is the only
organization in New York State designed to serve girls and young women who have
experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.With extensive prior experience working within Fortune 500 companies at all organizational levels, where she created, promoted and delivered solutions designed for large scale growth. Tonya is considered a master trainer and business strategist leader.
During her recent tenure at GEMS she led a team of trainers conducting
hundreds of trainings and providing technical assistance across the country for legal
professionals, law enforcement, and social service directors, start-ups on the issue of
commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Notable past participants
include the Administration for Children’s services, Department of education, New York’s’
police task force, and various government agencies.
Ms. Turner is a highly sought keynote speaker, and strategist focusing on assisting
organizations in defining program gaps, restraints and drivers, and develop business
plans to achieve overall goals in alignment with their missions.
Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte, PSY.D. , C.C.T.S.F Bio
Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte is a Human, Industrial & Trauma Psychologist. She’s the Founder and Chairwoman of Created for Greatness Leadership Group, Inc., a humanitarian consulting training, & development organization. Dr. Griffith-Hunte has been recognized for her unique ability to establish “Authentic Partnerships” resulting in the building of better lives, businesses, and communities within the United States and abroad. Through implementing research-based modeling in leadership & innovation, trauma-informed care, education, and community & family engagement.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte currently travels across the globe conducting a range of engaging evidence-based training and development programs. Dr. Griffith-Hunte is also a Professor at Mercy College and Senior Training and Development Facilitator for the Research Foundation of The City University of New York. In addition, Dr. Griffith-Hunte is a Senior Legislative Advisor, who works daily with key government officials and other organizations at the state, local and federal level to pass legislation favorable to the educational, human rights, mental health, anti-domestic violence, anti-human trafficking, anti-gang, community engagement and empowerment mission for New York State families.
In 2021, Dr. Griffith-Hunte was chosen to represent The United States of America and spoke in Switzerland at the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue. In addition, Dr. Griffith-Hunte was selected to serve on the Queens Borough President’s Veterans, Elderly and Mental Health Committee. In 2020, Dr. Griffith-Hunte joined the United Nations 58th Commission for Social Development to end homelessness around the world. With collaborative efforts Dr. Griffith-Hunte assisted in developing the UN’s Resolution on Homelessness. Dr. Griffith-Hunte was instrumental in advocating for the End Child Sex Trafficking Bill which was signed into legislation in 2018.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte, is a proud member of the American Psychology Association, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and the National Center for Crisis Management. She is also the first Trauma Psychologist to serve on the New York Recovery Community Coalition and has served as a member of Senator James Sanders Economic and Marking committee.
In 2010, she was elected to govern over 60 schools and was the adviser to the Mayor and Chancellor of New York City. In addition, she was appointed as the educational and community representative for the President of the Borough of Queens for the late, Honorable Helen Marshall. Dr. Griffith-Hunte’s collaborative efforts with various professionals within the local, state, and federal government, the police department, clergy members, community boards, health services professionals and financial institutions allows her to organize and execute organizational, community and school district programs, initiatives, and events with the purpose of exposing stakeholders (i.e., teams, communities, families) to strategies and resources available to them.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte has over 25 years’ experience as an orator, educator, humanitarian, mentor, political & organizational consultant, advocate, and playwright. It is with this extraordinary background that she utilizes her expertise as a Trauma Psychologist to volunteer and mentor young women at the Department of Probation, organizations, and churches. Dr. Griffith-Hunte serves as an Executive Board Member and Curriculum Designer for UNITAS an international Anti-Human Trafficking organization and Silent Cry an organization that provides a holistic approach to the treatment of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Dr. Griffith-Hunte is also an Executive Board Member for several other public and private schools and organizations.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte ascertained her degrees, certificates, and training from attended and completing programs at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Alfred University, Touro University, Arizona Trauma Institute International, American InterContinental University, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Nyack College. Dr. Griffith-Hunte is the recipient of copious public service, educational and religious organizational awards including the 2021 New York City’s Mayor’s Certificate for Public Service, the 2021 City Council’s Citation for Outstanding Citizenship and the 2021 Public Advocates Award for Promoting Human Rights and Mental Health. In addition, Dr. Griffith-Hunte received the 2021 Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Award of Merit for her humanitarian work.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte was also acknowledged as and awarded the New York State Senate 2019 Woman of Distinction Award, the 2019 Humanitarian Award, Citation of Honor from the Office of the President of the Borough of Queens, New York, and The Distinguished Alumni Award of 2014 and the Community Leader’s Award.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte has appeared on TEDx, and she is one of the well-known and actively sought after public and motivational speakers. Dr. Griffith-Hunte has also appeared in well-known publications. In May of 2021, Dr. Griffith-Hunte was featured in Forbes Magazine for her expertise as a trauma psychologist and consultant on the effects of mass incarceration and post traumatic prison disorder.
In May of 2020, Dr. Griffith-Hunte was featured in Psychology Today Magazine as “The Tireless Advocate.” for her humanitarian work around the world. She was also featured in Honeysuckle Magazine for her work confronting trauma, sexual violence, and incest within the black community. Dr. Griffith- Hunte’s work has been published in Switzerland and the United States.
Dr. Hunte is the creator of the A. T. T Model of life, which seeks to elevate individuals lives through an understanding of their purpose upon the earth. In 2014, Dr. Hunte was characterized as the walking representation of the Mahatma Gandhi quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Dr. Griffith-Hunte currently travels across the world conducting a range of engaging evidence-based training and development programs. These trainings and programs include but are not limited to:
Jonesy is a brave mother of a sex trafficking survivor. As a parent who has witnessed the horrors of sex trafficking, she has turned her pain into power, by speaking publicly about her experience.
Jonesy, has traveled to Washington, D.C. urging Congress to support both FOFSTA, and SESTA legislations banning sex advertisements on Backpages.com. She currently is active in her community by attending the NYPD community and safety meetings and spreading awareness about trafficking. Most importantly, she was invited to be the only parent advocate on the New York Mayors Traffic-Free NYC, which meets monthly with various providers to combat human sex trafficking in New York City.
Last year, NYC lost 2300 children to trafficking, Jonesy hopes to lower the number of children exposed by collaborating strategies with Traffic Free NYC. She had extensive experience working with children and was a previously mandated reporter for Administrative Services For Children.
Besides,serving as Parent Advocate, Jonesy is the Manhattan Borough Director of Not On My Watch, Inc. NOMW is the only service organization made up of survivors of domestic violence and sex and human trafficking.
During her spare time, she is an Advisory Board Member and volunteers to many community service organizations that serve children including: Not On My Watch, Inc., The Harlem Childrens Zone, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The African American Day Parade, The Parentjobnet, The Grassroots Aspen Experience, Children For Children, Kids Who Cook, Inc., The YMCA Teen Action Program, SANKOFA, Inc., the NAACP ACT-SO, The March of Dimes, Gladiators Sports, The Wendy Hilliard Foundation, The Stay Strong Foundation, FC Harlem Youth Soccer, The Ludacris Foundation, People United For Children, Inc., Future Leaders Institute, and Women In Need, Inc.
She resides in New York with her 19-year old twins who have appeared on CNN, New York Times and in the Daily News with President Barack Obama and with Soccer star, David Beckham.
After spending years in the working-class culture, I decided to join the intellectual crowd and pursue a degree in Public Administration. I have years of sales, hospitality, brand ambassador and administrative background and wanted to increase my skills and future earning potential so attending college was the best option for my goals. I enjoy being challenged and expanding my network and CUNY has provided both elements in my experience. Since attending school, I have discovered my desire to practice Law and pursue a career as an attorney in NYC. With my current continuing education, and my multi-faceted career skills I am currently seeking a position in a Law Firm as an administrative assistant, or a marketing firm as an entry level brand ambassador. I enjoy interacting with people, expanding my network, and love doing research! With all the vast variety of fields I have had the opportunity to work in, I believe that I am able to quickly adapt to any work environment and possess competitive skills that prove I can be an asset to any organization. I look forward to networking with you!
Dawn Shawnt'e Blackman, Sex trafficking Survivor, and Domestic Violence Activist Against Human trafficking.
Dawn's life work is to educate communities on the dangers of Sex-Trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children.
to empower young women around the world. Her message to the trafficked community is,WE ARE NOT VICTIMS. WE ARE SURVIVORS. WE ARE MORE THAN SURVIVORS. WE ARE WARRIORS."
As a survivor, she is committed to using her personal journey out of "the life," to empower young women around the world. Her message to the trafficked community is,, "WE ARE NOT VICTIMS. WE ARE SURVIVORS. WE ARE MORE THAN SURVIVORS. WE ARE WARRIORS."