Survivor Gallery: Shanna Parker

Shanna Parker is a survivor of child sex trafficking and the founder of Angels Go To Work, an organization working to eradicate human trafficking through education, collaboration, and community efforts, which is led by survivors. Shanna has worked with a group of allies, survivors and supporters to develop a photo project entitled “Oh Say Can You See,” depicting a more realistic view of what human trafficking looks like in America. These images have been used in PowerPoints, print media, training materials, art displays, awareness presentations, and more.

Biography

Shanna Parker is a national survivor-leader and subject-matter expert in the field of human trafficking. She is the founder and CEO of AngelsGoToWork where she serves hundreds of youth and young adults yearly in local group homes, campuses and the community. She was the Public Relations Communications Chair for the National Survivor Network 2016-2019, and is the Executive Chair of the Arizona Survivor Leadership Council, a consultant for the Office of Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center. where she assists with program building and specialized training. She sits on panels for multiple research projects with various agencies and universities. Shanna works with several local and federal law enforcement agencies in various capacities. including training, consultation, outreach, operations, and victim advocacy. Shanna assists the Arizona Financial Crimes Task Force with the Attorney General’s Office in sex trafficking cases. She also works for Southwest Network as the Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator where she is a consultant for clinical staff and works with DCS, JPO, BH staff and placement facilities as a specialized mentor and advocate for chronically trafficked youth with a high run-away rate. 

Shanna developed the Parker HT Classification system to aid professionals in working collaboratively with victims in a trauma-informed manner. Shanna has trained and works alongside supreme and superior court judges and justice staff, juvenile probation and detention, law enforcement, first responders, direct care providers, and social service professionals. Shanna works with multiple tribal agencies to develop responses to trafficking in rural and native lands. She has developed a Human Trafficking 101 computer-based interactive training module as an employee of the Department of Economic Security for staff education. Her life skills classes are facilitated to at risk youth in local group homes and in 2015, she was honored to receive the H.O.P.E. Award.n 2019 she was honored again with the Palidine Award for her work with youth in Arizona. Shanna is a TEDx speaker, has been featured in many news articles and has authored her story in book form, “And He Called Me Angel:The Story of a Human Trafficking Survivor.” 

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