COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE AND FOUNDER OF YOU BELONG, LLC — RESILIENCE FUND ADVISORY COUNCIL
Christine Cesa is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Intercultural Studies with Children at Risk and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ashland University. Christine has served as the Service and Outreach Coordinator with the Avery Center and the Survivor Advocate with CAST LA and Dignity Health responding to survivors of human trafficking in the healthcare system and providing emergency services and advocacy to them. Christine is a lived experience expert with specific expertise in familial trafficking. Furthermore, she currently serves as a consultant with Polaris, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the State Department. In addition, she serves on the Board of Ride My Road. Highlights included being published as the author on the fact sheet for the TIP report in 2021 Navigating the Unique Challenges In Familial Trafficking, 2023 TIP report, Equity In Survivor Leadership, and one of the co-authors in an anthology, “Medical Perspectives in Human Trafficking In Adolescents”. Christine has trained healthcare systems and spoken at conferences such as National Conference on Ending Sexual Exploitation, GRIT, Crimes Against Women, JUST, Build Beyond, and other similar presentations.