Co-Anchor and Reporter, NBC Los Angeles
Colleen Williams serves as co-anchor of NBC4 Southern California’s weekday newscasts, NBC4 News at 5 p.m and 11 p.m., alongside Chuck Henry. She joined the station in 1986.
An award winning journalist for more than 30 years, she is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including multiple Golden Mike and Emmy Awards. She was recognized with a Golden Mike for team coverage of the Chatsworth train crash, and an L.A. Emmy and Golden Mike for her work on NBC4’s special ‘LA Riots: Rubble to Rebirth.’ She also earned a Golden Mike and Associated Press Award for her coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games Centennial Park bombing for ‘Best Live Coverage of a News Story.’ She was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio & Television News Association.
Colleen was particularly visible during the trial of the century – the O. J. Simpson case which she covered for NBC4 and MSNBC, anchoring a daily report of the trial. It was after the case that she took the anchor reins for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. in 1995, assembling Southern California’s most trusted and powerful news team in the market to this day with Chuck Henry, Fritz Coleman and Fred Roggin.
She has covered countless breaking news stories – from two Pope visits, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, the Los Angeles riots and the many infamous car chases that make Southern California unique.
When she’s not in the studio, Colleen is passionate about many social causes impacting Southern Californians. For more than 20 years, she has supported Casa del Las Amigas — a residential home for women overcoming addiction. The longstanding Colleen Williams Golf Tournament is a popular annual tradition that continues to raise awareness for the community it serves. And for two decades, Colleen has also helped the Rape Crisis Center in Riverside bring more attention to reducing domestic abuse cases in the Inland Empire.
Head of Australian Federal Policy
Joint Counter-Terrorism Task Force
Detective Superintendent Ian Bate has been a member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) since 1980.
Ian has worked in a variety of law enforcement environments including, general crime, fraud, drug and organised crime. He has also had attachments to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, National Crime Authority, and a Royal Commission into a police shooting in Tasmania. Ian was promoted to Coordinator (Detective Superintendent) in 2000. Between 2002 and 2004, Ian was the AFP Senior Liaison Officer in Los Angeles, California where he worked cooperatively with US federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.
In 2004 and 2005, Ian undertook the role of Deputy Commander of the Participating Police Force for the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). During this period he managed the activities of all investigation and general policing teams.
In early 2008, Ian became the AFP’s Police Adviser to the Cambodian National Police (CNP) for a two year period, as part of AusAID’s Cambodian Criminal Justice Assistance Project (CCJAP). During this time Ian worked closely with the CNP’s senior executive to assist in developing policy and legislation, as well as coordinating other projects related to forensic collection, data collection, and community policing.
Upon his return from Cambodia, Ian took up the position of Coordinator, Investigations and Support at Melbourne Airport. In late 2012 Ian returned to the AFP’s Melbourne Office as Coordinator, Crime Operations and was the Coordinator of the Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team for two and a half years before taking up his current role.
In July 2016 Ian commenced duty as the AFP’s Police Adviser to the United Nations in New York. Ian also has liaison duty responsibilities in New York and Canada.
Ian has performed Coordinator roles in Crime Operations, Intelligence, Aviation, International Deployment Group and Counter Terrorism over a 16 year period. Ian has lead and managed investigations team in major drug, fraud, child protection, foreign bribery, and counter terrorism matters.
The Honorable R. Carey Davis
Mayor, City of San Bernardino
Mayor R. Carey Davis is the 28th Mayor of the City of San Bernardino. His agenda of restoring fiscal sanity is focused on emerging the City from its current fiscal condition, creating economic opportunities for our residents, and increasing the quality of life.
Carey Davis is a third generation resident of San Bernardino and was elected Mayor in February, 2014. Carey lives in the 7th Ward with his wife of 44 years Johnetta, and has raised four children in the city. He was born in San Bernardino, graduated from Pacific High School and received his master’s in business administration from California State University, San Bernardino. His bachelor’s degree was obtained from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Carey is a newcomer to public service and municipal politics. He brings 35 years of experience in successful accounting and financial management for both businesses and nonprofit organizations. His previous position as a Corporate Controller as well as his certification in Public Accounting has developed him into a skilled and analytical strategist and manager.
Throughout his career he has earned a reputation as someone who knows how to solve budget problems and make tough financial decisions. This along with decisive leadership is what he brings to the Mayor’s office. Carey is involved locally with his church and he also volunteers his time as Committee Chairman for Boy Scouts of America troop #1.
Consul General of France in Los Angeles
Former student of the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux (graduation 1997), Mr. Christophe LEMOINE holds a Doctorate-level degree in International Law and International Organizations Law, as well as a Diploma in Economic and European International Law, both from the University of Geneva. He then joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 16 January 2001.
Appointed to the Human Resources Department, he then joined the French Embassy in Berlin in 2004 as Third Secretary.
Mr. Christophe LEMOINE served at the External Relations Division of the European Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009, then at the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2012.
Chief of Staff for Mr. Laurent FABIUS, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, from 2012 to 2015, he was recently appointed, by decree of the President of the Republic dated May 21st, 2015 (JORF No. 0118 of May 23rd, 2015), as Consul General of France in Los Angeles, replacing Mr. Axel CRUAU, who was called to Shanghai for the same position. He took up his posting on July 13th, 2015.
British Consul General in Los Angeles
Michael Howells is a British diplomat and Consul General in Los Angeles. He is the senior representative of the UK government in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. In this role, he promotes trade and investment, scientific cooperation, creative and media collaborations and educational partnerships between the UK and the southwestern United States. He also oversees delivery of essential consular services to a 600,000strong British resident community and British visitors numbering over a million per year.
Michael has an academic background in Anthropology and International Law. Prior to government service, Michael worked as a human rights lawyer and in the UK tech sector, supporting clients in the British entertainment industry.
Michael began his government career as a policy adviser in the UK Department for International Development where he edited the 2006 White Paper “Making Governance Work for the Poor.” For the past 11 years he has held a series of national security roles in the British Foreign Office, covering Counter-Terrorism, EU Security and Defence policy and the Middle East.
From 2009-2013 Michael served at the British Embassy in Washington DC, acting as the bridge between UK and US policy towards the Middle East, during the tumultuous events of the Arab uprisings and the “P5+1” nuclear negotiations with Iran. From 2013-2015 Michael oversaw British foreign policy towards Iran, including the re-opening of Embassies in London and Tehran. From 2015 to 2017 he was Head of Near Eastern Affairs at the British Foreign Office, responsible for UK policy towards Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the OPTs and the Middle East Peace Process. Michael took a six month sabbatical in 2017 to act as a consultant to HSBC Group on financial crime.
Founder and President, Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET)
First UNODC U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Trafficking & Slavery
Humanitarian and Actress
Julia Ormond was the first to serve as UNODC’s U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Trafficking & Slavery and the driving force behind the passage of the CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act. She is the Founding Chair of FilmAid International. She was Executive Producer of Calling the Ghosts: A Story of Rope, War and Women — which won an Emmy, a Cable Ace, a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, and after a screening at the Council of Foreign Relations, spurred legislation that enabled the arrest of Milosevich. Julia also participated in Call and Response, a documentary on the state of enslavement today and one of the first documentaries promoting cell phone technology to accept immediate donations to the cause. She is an Associate Producer to Libby Spear’s Playground, which focuses on the environment that enables child trafficking within the United States. As an advocate, Julia has traveled the world assessing solutions and challenges and she has appeared as an expert witness before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. For this advocacy work, she received the World Economic Forum’s “Crystal Award” and Women for Women International’s “Peace Award”.
Ambassador Luis C. deBaca
Director, State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons under President Obama
Ambassador Luis C.deBaca coordinated U.S. government activities in the global fight against contemporary forms of slavery as head of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons during the Obama Administration. He also served as President Obama’s Director of the Justice Department’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (the “SMART” Office). Previously, he served as Counsel to the House Committee on the Judiciary, where his portfolio for Chairman John Conyers, Jr. included national security, intelligence, immigration, civil rights, and modern slavery issues. At the Justice Department from 1993 through 2006, he led the investigation and prosecution of cases involving human trafficking, official misconduct, and hate crimes, as well as money laundering, organized crime, and alien smuggling. He is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award, and the Director’s Award from the Executive Office of United States Attorneys. Ambassador deBaca has received the leading honor given by the national human trafficking victim service provider community — the Freedom Mr. Network’s Paul & Sheila Wellstone Award — and has been named the Michigan Law School’s Distinguished Latino Alumnus.
Founding Member of CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus
Flor was trafficked from her village outside of Puebla, Mexico in 2001, and enslaved in a sweatshop in Los Angeles, County. Flor was desperate mother who had just lost a child due to the fact she couldn’t afford adequate health care- she did not want this to happen to her other children. She was taking sewing classes in hopes to start her own business to earn enough money to take care of her children. Flor’s sewing teacher was approached by a trafficker looking for women who would be desperate to come to the United States to make money. There were no opportunities in Flor’s town, so when her sewing teacher told her about the opportunity to go to the United States, she said yes.
When she arrived in Los Angeles, she quickly realized that everything was a lie. Her trafficker told her that she owed $2,581 for bringing her over, and that she had to work for her in order to pay her back. Flor was forced to work 18 hours a day making dresses that were being sold for $200 in department stores like Sears and JC Pennys. Flor sewed dresses from 4am until 9pm, when the other workers in the factory got to go home. After they left, she had to then clean the entire factory. She was forced to sleep at the factory in a storage room, and had to share a single mattress with another victim. Her trafficker was verbally and physically abusive. She threatened her family back home and told her that dogs have more rights in this country than her- that if she killed a dog, she would go to prison, but if she killed Flor, nothing would happen to her because she was a US Citizen and Flor was an undocumented immigrant.
After 40 days of enslavement, Flor and the other victim escaped with the help of a co-worker. She was referred to CAST by a community based agency that had heard of her ordeal and recognized her as a victim of human trafficking. At CAST, Flor received specialized services including intensive case management, shelter and legal support. Flor’s trafficker was already being investigated by undercover FBI agents, however, ultimately received a light sentence because Flor was the only victim willing to testify against her trafficker- the others were too afraid. Flor is one of the original members of the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus, a leadership development program established in 2004, and has since travelled the country testifying and speaking out on behalf of all victims. In 2010, CAST also helped her reunify with her three children after 8 years of separation. Flor been traveling with CAST to Mexico City lead discussions with NGOs, Government and other stakeholders about survivor leadership and human trafficking prevention.
Flor was invited to speak at the 10th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in Arlington, Virginia. Flor had testified for two bills that became into law one is AB22, introduced by Assemblywomen Sally Lieber, and the other one is SB 657, Supply Chain Transparency, introduce by Senator Stainberg. This law served as a model and the plan is to introduce it in a federal level. Flor was invited to speak at the briefing.
Cherrie Short (moderator)
Associate Dean of Global & Community Initiatives and Professor of Practice, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Dr. Cherrie Short is the Associate Dean of Global and Community Initiatives, and professor of practice at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and a Visiting Professor at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Before coming to USC, Dr. Short served under Tony Blair’s administration in the UK for over 10 years as an elected Politician and as the UK Race Equality Commissioner. She later became the Race Equality Commissioner for Wales during which she oversaw all race relations and human rights issues that effected Wales, including working on the Race Relation Laws for the National Assembly of Wales.
Dr. Short received the esteemed CBE award (Commander of the British Empire), the UK’s highest public service award given by Queen Elizabeth II, for her extensive work in race relations and human rights.
She is definitely a “doer,” and has spent her working life fighting for equality and social justice. She is an experienced advocate on social justice and the criminal justice system and is a qualified forensic social worker.