In Our Backyards!-The Orlando Times
In Our Backyards! Mayors Against Human Trafficking! What Can We Do To Stop It?
BY JIMMIE WILLIAMS
ORLANDO - This is a very serious problem in all communities around the world. We as humans must try our best to stop this from happening all over the world. Everyone should have a chance at a decent life. Humans are not to be sold or bought by anyone. This event represents freedom for all human kind. Human trafficking is an out of control crime that's taking place all over the world. People turn up missing from all parts of the world. Some manage to get away from captivity just to find themselves in a worse situation. No way home, no food, no clothes on their backs, no transportation and no one to talk to. They're just lost in the world. The Honorable Denise Lewis, a resident of Orlando, former sworn advocate and inspector specialist for Homeland Security, and served as acting Lieutenant in corrections, mentor, ordained pastor and pastoral counselor for abused and addicted individuals. Furthermore, she served as a Direct Service and Social Worker with adults and children with disabilities. Denise has built several business for herself and others in the community from ground up as an entrepreneur to include a restaurant, clothing store, janitorial business and currently a non– profit organization that fights against human trafficking all over the world, through a 501C3 organization called JV’s Foundation Corporation based out of Orlando. Denise Lewis has been elected the first African American female Director for Human Trafficking for the world by the World Conference of Mayors. Denise Lewis was elected January of 2018 to oversee the national and international projects of human trafficking, to combat the crime that is a billion dollar industry next to drug trafficking. Denise Lewis is the founder and CEO of JV’s Foundation Corporation created in 2014 to combat human trafficking and help at- risk youth involved in the juvenile justice system turn their life around for purpose and success. Partnering with the World Conference of Mayors since 2015 to include Mayors from all over the United States and International connections from Africa has been a blessing for both parties. City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings of Orlando District 6 joined the fight against trafficking with JV’s Foundation in 2014 and has been a supporter in many ways. Denise takes her hat off to Commissioner Ings and thanks Commissioner Ings for the support he has provided to the community and to victims of trafficking.