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Survivor of sex trafficking, victims’ rights advocate will speak at UWF April 24

Carissa Phelps, a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking, will share her experience of neglect and sexual exploitation on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in the UWF Commons Auditorium. The event is part of the John C. Pace Jr. Symposium Series and is free and open to the public.

In “Girl for Sale: From Exploited to Empowered, “Phelps will share her personal experience, rising from a survivor of sexual exploitation to an attorney and human/victim rights advocate.  Abandoned at the age of 12, Phelps ended up in group homes before running away and becoming homeless. With no one to turn to, she was taking to “Motel Drive,” a street in Fresno, Calif., known for prostitution.

This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and International Education and Programs at 850-474-2479 or visit our website at  Phelps’ full biography is available online at