Brenda Get’s Interviewed by MSNBC:

“Brenda Myers-Powell is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Dreamcatcher Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working to end human trafficking of sexually exploited individuals and at-risk youth. As a personal survivor of prostitution, Brenda has worked hard to protect and educate victims of the domestic sex trade through her in-depth work on the streets of Chicago. Currently, Brenda is working alongside fellow survivor, Stephanie Daniels-Wilson, to build a residential center for girls and women looking to escape the perils of prostitution. Brenda is featured in “Sex Slaves: Chicago “and you can catch back-to-back episodes of “Sex Slaves” every Sunday in November starting at 6 pm ET.

“Q: What makes the Dreamcatcher Foundation stand out from other organizations in the Chicago area?

“A: The Dreamcatcher Foundation is a not-for-profit organization run by two survivors – Stephanie and myself. That’s a difference, at least in Chicago. We also have a harm reduction approach where we work with girls where they are at currently, and not where we want them to be. They are encouraged to make their own decisions on how they want to move forward in their lives. This is an organization with a strong mentor piece, so we have been through what these girls have been through. We can see things, we hear things, and we come from a place where we can touch their hearts a little bit faster than organizations who don’t know who they are. Some organizations have a tendency to control the girls in a way like they’ve been controlled by their pimps. A girl will say, “I’ve just left a place where there was no freedom. You call this structure, but there is no freedom. When am I going to be able to take control of my life?” I mentor her so she can tell me, “That’s not the way to go, Ms. Brenda,” and try things out for the first time without feeling controlled.”

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The Axelrod Group and the Dreamcatcher Foundation

LOCAL AUTHORS END MIND-NUMBING MEETINGS WITH A PROVEN 6-STEP SYSTEM + SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE: THE DREAMCATCHER FOUNDATION

Complaints about meetings abound. Plenty of people have tried to offer solutions, but Wilmette authors Dick and Emily Axelrod have created and field-tested a six-step system for meetings where productivity thrives rather than dies. By incorporating the same principles that make video games so engaging, the Axelrods’ new book, Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to save time and get more done, details their proven system for making meetings energizing, enjoyable, and extremely productive—the Meeting Canoe.

Innovative companies across a wide variety of industries use the Axelrod’s Meeting Canoe to save time and get more done. They have found a better way to meet and now Let’s Stop Meeting Like This shows you how to design every aspect of your meetings–from the way you greet people at the beginning to how you wrap up at the end.

In connection with the launch of Let’s Stop Meeting Like This, The Axelrod Group will be donating a portion of book royalties to support The Dreamcatcher Foundation, a Chicago organization that helps rescue sex trafficked girls. Sex trafficking is a 3 billion-dollar business and the average age of victims is 11.

The Axelrods hope to help these women and children as much as possible. Your purchase of Let’s Stop Meeting Like This during the week of August 4, 2014 will make a difference in the fight against human trafficking.

Read the first chapter, How to Get Your Work Done in Meetings here!

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140602/bridgeport/dreamcatcher-foundation-rescues-girls-from-sex-trafficking

Brenda on Channel 11

Check out the amazing Ms. Brenda Myers-Powell on the news!

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/05/08/chicagos-human-trafficking

Good Pitch

This film showing brings together filmmakers with NGOs, foundations, philanthropists, brands and media around leading social issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.

https://goodpitch.org/films/the-dreamcatchers

The Dreamcatchers Trailer

Dreamcatcher is a vivid portrait of Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute, who helps women and young girls break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation. The film lays bare the hidden violence that devastates the lives of young women, their families and the communities where they live. It’s through Brenda’s unflinching intervention with desperate women, that we see them regain a sense of hope. Brenda’s own story of getting out of the life becomes their inspiration to turn their lives around.

https://vimeo.com/58237105

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The Dreamcatchers documentary in the news:

http://realscreen.com/2013/08/02/longinottos-dreamcatchers-set-for-chicago-good-pitch/

Inspiring U! Fighting for Freedom- WCIU link:

http://www.wciu.com/youandme.php?section=home&assets=videos&assetID=10010970

Fifth-graders Join Fight Against Human Trafficking

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/oak_park_river_forest_forest_park/ct-tl-oakpark-human-trafficking-20130530,0,6648636.story

Life After 25 Years of Prostitution:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-14/news/ct-met-trice-prostitutes-0314-20110314_1_prostitution-brenda-myers-powell-rent

Joy Raphael in Conversation with sex trafficking survivor Brenda Myers-Powell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cShN8G0nuPo

Mercy Home Speaker Series: Unspoken Street Codes

http://www.mercyhome.org/blog/speaker-series-unspoken-street-codes/022813

Justice for Brenda: CAASE Helps Survivor Leader Vacate Unjust Prostitution Record

http://www.enddemandillinois.org/newsitems/justice-brenda-caase-helps-survivor

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