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Standard Bio (153 words)
A graduate of UCLA with a Masters in Education and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking and mentoring.  As Director of Sowers Education Group, she has educated and inspired a wide range of audiences including teens, social service providers, churches,
teachers, college students, and law enforcement. Sowers’ intervention curriculum Ending The Game is being used by over 170 facilitators in 8 states and helps survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the trafficking lifestyle.

Since 2012, Rachel has reached over 36,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine and ABC’s Newsmakers.  Rachel was also honored by Congressman Ed Royce of California’s 39th district and Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe for her leadership and trafficking prevention efforts. To learn more about Sowers or Rachel Thomas, please visit www.SowersEducationGroup.com.

Short Bio (70 words)
A graduate of UCLA and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking and mentoring.  As director of Sowers Education Group and author of Ending The Game: An Intervention Curriculum for Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Rachel has reached millions with messages of domestic sex trafficking awareness and helped hundreds of survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the trafficking lifestyle.

Survivor Story Bio (277 words)
Former music video model and sex trafficking survivor Rachel Thomas is a dynamic educator who speaks from the heart and aims at the head.  With a Masters in Education from UCLA and over 10 years’ experience in teaching and mentoring, Rachel co-founded Sowers Education Group to sow seeds of sex trafficking awareness and survivor empowerment.

Rachel was a junior at Emory University when she unknowingly met a trafficker: a professional and well-spoken ‘modeling agent’.  He had business cards and a portfolio of contracts with beautiful models of all ethnicities.  He groomed her with high-quality, all-expense paid photo shoots and legitimate modeling work in various music videos and magazines.  Then, after he had collected a W9 form from Rachel (including her parents’ address and SSN), the relationship became dangerous.  He began forcing her to have sex with buyers, threatening to kill her and her family if she didn’t obey.  He became physically and psychologically abusive, ushering Rachel into the dark world of sex slavery.  Thankfully, the police and FBI were eventually able to help Rachel, and the trafficker’s dozens of other victims, to escape this devastating situation.  As Rachel continues to overcome and understand her experience, she is “turning a mess into a message” that will spread prevention and empower victims.

Since 2012, Rachel has reached over 36,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine and ABC’s Newsmakers.  Rachel was also honored by Congressman Ed Royce of California’s 39th district and Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe for her leadership and trafficking prevention efforts. To learn more about Sowers or Rachel Thomas, please visit www.SowersEducationGroup.com.

Sowers Education Group Organization Description (108 words)
Sowers Education Group sows seeds of human trafficking awareness and survivor empowerment. Founded by Rachel and Lawrence Thomas in 2012, Sowers has reached over 36,000 live audience members and millions more through media. Rachel and a team of survivor-speakers aim to shatter stereotypes about where, how and to whom trafficking happens. Sowers’ curriculum, Ending The Game, is a first-of-its-kind intervention curriculum for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Ending The Game curriculum is being used by over 170 facilitators in 8 states and has helped many survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the trafficking lifestyle. To learn more about Sowers or Rachel Thomas, please visit www.SowersEducationGroup.com.

Ending The Game Curriculum Description (90 words)
Ending The Game (ETG) is a groundbreaking survivor-written curriculum that helps sex trafficking victims reduce feelings of attachment to a trafficker and/or the trafficking lifestyle.  Ending The Game (ETG) educates and empowers sex trafficking victims by providing a structure and framework to uncover harmful psychological coercion (a.k.a. “The Game”) that victims may have been subjected to during their trafficking experience. By offering a curriculum that reveals the sequence of commonly-used, yet seldom-explained, mind control techniques used by traffickers, we aim to empower participants to acquire skills to “End The Game.” www.EndingTheGame.com.

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Social Media
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LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-cooper-thomas-2a263729/