Social Justice Leader, Jenny Williamson, to Train 2,500 Thunder Valley Casino and Resort Employees on Identifying and Reporting Victims of Sex Trafficking

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Jenny Williamson, a social justice leader in the fight against human trafficking, will offer training to be delivered to more than 2,500 employees of the Thunder Valley Casino and Resort on October 9, 2014. "Not In My Hotel" will teach employees to recognize the signs of sex trafficking as well as how to report it safely and effectively.

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Jenny’s knowledge in this field is unsurpassed and we’re fortunate that she lives in our community so that she can help our employees be aware of a significant problem not only in our county but throughout the country.

Jenny Williamson is recognized across the country as an expert in sex trafficking issues. On October 9th Jenny will travel to the Thunder Valley Casino and Resort in Lincoln, CA, owned by the United Auburn Indian Valley, to offer training to the management team on how to identify and report victims of sex trafficking at the casino's hotel. Titled "Not In My Hotel," this training will be redelivered by the management team to approximately 2,500 employees of the hotel as part of the new staff hiring and ongoing training practices.

Jenny became involved in the fight against sex trafficking many years ago, but the fight became personal when she adopted Liz, a victim of sex trafficking. Liz was sold into sexual slavery as a young girl, and in her early 20s saw a video of Jenny that prompted her to email and request that Jenny keep up the work saving these girls. The emails blossomed into a relationship that led to Jenny adopting Liz, who now works with her mother through Courage Worldwide, located on the web at, an organization that builds courage houses throughout the country to house the victims of the sex slave trade.

Liz says, "I'm lucky to be able to call Jenny my mom. I'm grateful she helped change my life. I know I wouldn't be alive without her story intersecting mine. We have been on a journey for the last four years that I am thankful lasts forever. Her book, 'Do You Have the Courage to Be You?', is what I have lived out with her. Truthfully, how does a victim of sex trafficking who doesn't talk and can't look people in the eye regain self-worth? It was found and fought for in those pages."

Doug Elmets, Spokesman for the Thunder Valley Casino Resort, says, "Jenny’s knowledge in this field is unsurpassed and we’re fortunate that she lives in our community so that she can help our employees be aware of a significant problem not only in our county but throughout the country."

Jenny is not only the founder of Courage Worldwide, she is also the author of 'Do You Have The Courage To Be You?' which will be launched on April 21, 2015 by Next Century Publishing. In the book, Jenny outlines her ideas on how valuable each and every girl is when she says, "Before you were born, you were imagined, planned, and created on purpose for a specific, unique purpose. There is something you were created to do and if you don’t do it, it will never be done. It is urgent you find the courage to be and do all you were created for. Someone is waiting for you to be you. Have you ever contemplated your particular purpose – the reason you are on this planet? Have you intentionally pursued your true identity and attempted to fulfill your destiny? Do You Have the Courage to Be You?"

About Jenny:
Jenny Williamson is the Founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide, an international, non-profit organization that builds homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking around the world. She has been awarded the FBI Director's 2010 Community Leadership Award, the 2011 Community Spirit Award by Sacramento's District Attorney, Jan Scully and the 2012 William Jessup University's prestigious Community Impact Award and was invited to be part of the California Attorney General's Working Group on human trafficking. She was also part of Shared Hope International's Practitioners Working Group for their 2012 National Colloquium meeting in Washington, D.C. and a member of Abolition International Shelter Association's advisory board.

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