YVONNE WILLIAMS – Founder and Executive Director of Trafficking In America Task Force
Yvonne is a professional artist and writer. In 2004 Yvonne wrote a screenplay, A Dance For Bethany that addresses the issue of human trafficking in America. The feature film is also a 4-time award winning movie about a 12-year-old runaway rescued out of a life of sex slavery and into her dream of becoming a dancer. This is the story that changed her life. Since learning in2004 of the sex trafficking problem that plagues not only America but the entire globe, Yvonne and Marion have worked to educate people and make them aware of the tragedy.
Yvonne serves as President of TIATF, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization formed to educate and mobilize people across the country to work towards eradicating human trafficking in America through education and creating cultural change. Some of TIATF’s projects, programs, and activities include: The annual National Trafficking In America Conference slated as “the conference to go to for education on human trafficking,” by Laura Lederer, JD; 2011 Human Trafficking Awareness Week proclamation submitted and signed by TN Gov. Bill Haslam in TN; Initiated the Human Trafficking Awareness Month unanimously approved by the TN General Assembly and signed by TN Governor Bill Haslam in 2012; created the National Program, I Promise To Do My Part campaign a collaborative effort with A Bridge of Hope in Memphis, TN; organized a State Wide Press Conference in TN to address the issue of human trafficking, and has assisted numerous other states in launching awareness proclamations, awareness programs and Press Conferences; produce the TIA Now weekly television program seen on Comcast Network 19 - 3 times a week; conducts training for educators and law enforcement.
Williams and husband/Co-founder of TIATF reside in Lecanto, FL