Faces of Change


Overcoming Challenges to Recovery: Community Experts Offer Solutions

Friday, November 1, 2024
8:30am – 4pm
Catholic Center Celebration Hall
4200 N. Kentucky Avenue, Evansville, IN

Topics covered include A.C.E.S., Ethics and Boundaries in the Helping Professions, Myths and Misconceptions: A Look at Stigma Reduction in Our Community, and De-escalation. Continental breakfast and lunch provided.  6 Continuing Education Units will be offered.  Cost is $75.00 and can be paid securely via PayPal through the registration form below, or can be paid at the door.

Featuring Key Note Speaker:

Leslie King, When Angels Fight

Founder/President, Sacred Beginnings

Leslie F. King is a survivor of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She was coerced into the lifestyle of prostitution at the tender age of 15 in Grand Rapids, MI. She became trapped in the underworld of prostitution and drug addiction for over 20 years. On July 4, 2000, Leslie miraculously found the strength and the courage to break free. Since 2003, she has been intensely engaged in working with individuals who find themselves trapped in the same horrors that she experienced.

In 2005, Leslie utilized her experience, expertise, and inspiring example of a renewed lifestyle to open Sacred Beginnings, a safe haven that offers hope, and healing to trafficking victims. Leslie consults with law enforcement agencies, human service professionals, clergy, and others requesting direction and understanding in working with prostituted individuals. She also speaks at various conferences and academic institutions on the issue of human trafficking.

Leslie is well-respected in the state of Michigan from which she hails and where she is often seen boldly conducting street outreach to sexually exploited people during unconventional hours.

Honors And Awards

  • 2005 Grand Rapids, MI Woman of the Year nominee
  • 2008 YWCA Advocate of the Year
  • 2011 Rising Hero Award
  • 2014 “50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan”
  • 2018 Michigan Liberator Award
  • 2019 Grand Rapids Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club Certificate of Achievement
  • 2021 African American Leadership Award
  • 2021 BBB Trust Award


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