Michigan Nurses     For Life



Saturday, October 1, 2016  8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Pontiac, Michigan


Sheila Meshinski, BSN, RN, CEN, CFN
Sheila is a certified forensic and sexual assault nurse examiner serving on the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.
Sheila Meshinski, BSN, RN, CEN, CFN
Theresa Flores, LSW, MS
Theresa is a Human Trafficking Survivor, author, victim’s advocate and founder of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution)
Theresa Flores, LSW, MS
Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons
Senator Emmons serves Michigan’s 33rd district and continues to be an influential leader in raising awareness on Human Trafficking.
Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons


Conference Summary

The State of Michigan is working diligently to initiate legislation to halt the practice of Human Sex Trafficking and provide protection to those caught in the web of abuse this practice produces.

Michigan Nurses for Life’s 2016 conference addressed the topic of The Tragedy of Human Trafficking in Michigan. Michigan ranks 2nd, after Nevada, in the incidence of human trafficking, with the Detroit area being the focus of this activity. Detroit has a very busy downtown area with sporting events from three professional teams, Tigers, Lions and Pistons, the Auto Show and many conferences and conventions. These types of events are fertile ground for those finding no problem with using young men and women as prostitutes for visitors.

Theresa Flores, LSW, MS who is a survivor of trafficking and the author of “The Slave Across the Street” described how she was drawn into this activity as a high school student in one of Oakland County Michigan’s most affluent communities. Unwise decisions, naiveté, and loneliness brought her into a ring of pimps who kept her under their control by threatening her family. She was at the beck and call of these men who would take her to a home or hotel to be used by one, or many, men for their pleasure. She was able to get away from them, only when her family moved from the area.

Shelia Meshinski, BSN, RN, CEN, CFN is a certified forensic and sexual assault nurse examiner explained how difficult it is to be able to reach these young people who are at risk. If they are seen in a medical setting, they are rarely alone—almost always accompanied by a “friend” who is really there to be sure he/she does not ask for help or say that they are being afraid or being abused.

Both speakers explained that shopping malls and other places young people gather are “hunting grounds” for those who would entwine teens in the industry. Sometimes over a period of days, flattering them or simply inviting them for a coffee, a pop or a ride, from which they don’t return.

State Senator Judith Emmons was to address the proposed Michigan legislation but on the way to the conference, she and one of our Michigan White Tailed Deer had a meeting on the highway! One of our audience members, a social worker who served on the Human Trafficking task force stepped up and explained some of the workings of the task force and offered to provide a list of contacts for those seeking more information on how to end this assault on human dignity.

Diane Trombley, RN, BSN
President MNFL

Resources on Human Trafficing

Resources: Human Trafficking
Created: 10/2016

*Please be aware that the Downriver Anti-Trafficking Coalition does not examine, determine, warrant, or endorse the information on any of the sources in the referral list or resource lists. Use of these referrals & resources are voluntary and will not result in any liability against the coalition.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

888-373-7888 (24/7 help line)
Text: Help to BeFree (233733)

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

1-800 The Lost (843-5678)

Department of Homeland Security
866-DHS-ICE (347-2423)

Local Resources
~Check with your school district’s PTSA or PTA!
~Check with your local churches!

FBI Detroit

Downriver Anti-Trafficking Coalition

Michigan Abolitionists Project (MAP)

We educate and create awareness to prevent and end modern slavery through three focus areas: Community Engagement, Training, and Creative Initiatives

The Monroe County Anti Human Trafficking Coalition
Chairperson: Tpr. Tressa Duffin

Downriver Coalition of Families Anti-Drug and Trafficking, Ink. II

Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition

The Livonia Save Our Youth Coalition
Karen Bonanno, Executive Director, Livonia Save Our Youth Coalition
734 338-9580

Alternatives for Girls

Vista Maria

The Manasseh Project
Wedgwood’s Manasseh Project is an outreach ministry of Wedgwood Christian Services dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of young men and young women in West Michigan. Through community education and collaboration, and Wedgwood's Manasseh Project Trauma Recovery Center, Wedgwood’s Manasseh Project provides support and specialized residential treatment services for victims of sex trafficking and empowers the people of West Michigan to end modern day slavery.

Oakland County Families Against Narcotics

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Initiative Against Human Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking

Sanctum House
Sanctum House is a safe home for survivors of Sex Trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives. Our program not only offers shelter, it is a 24 month program of personal development and education for women 18 years of age or older. Through our outreach program we will continually bring awareness to the community and anticipate reaching younger trafficking victims helping them to see that there is hope for a successful future “out of the life”.

Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force

University of Michigan Law Clinic
Bridgette Carr

Rest Area Labels
Livingston County Abolitionist Project (LCAP)
Marilyn Galvan

Kalamazoo Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

The Information Center

Butterflies 15, Ohio
Butterflies15 is a nonprofit organization that was founded to help women who want to transform from the prostitution and human trafficking life styles. We are here to house and assist the women for 9-12 months. We will help network with the women to receive the medical and mental health needs they may require. Our goal is to guide them back into a life worth wanting. To teach our women how to forgive, let go, and be free.

Other Resources

The Polaris Project

The Department of Homeland Security-The Blue Campaign
The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.

Woman At Risk International (WAR-International)

The Slave Across the Street, Theresa Flores
Girls Like Us, Rachel Lloyd
Levels of Response to Traumatic Events (L.O.R.T.E.), Joyce Dixson-Haskett
Sold, Patricia McCormick
The Johns, sex for sale and the men who buy it, Victor Malarek
The Black Lens, Christopher Stollar

Break the Chain
Tricked: The Documentary
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls

Click here to view the "Resources on Human Trafficing" above as a PDF.

Below is a list of our past conferences. We strive to offer timely topics and speakers who are experts in their field.

Past MNFL Conferences

September, 2015
Wesley J. Smith, Edward L. Rivet II - FIRST DO NO HARM (The Threat of Assisted Suicide As End of Life Care)

September, 2014
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Mary Burkett, RN, MS, CNS, ANE-BC, Cyndy Kirschbaum, RN, BSN, CPTC - Procuring Organs (Over my Dead Body)

September, 2013
Cristen Krebs, DNP-ANP, Dr. Jeanne Lewandowski, MD, DMary Burkett, RN, MS, CNS, ANE-BC - The Changing World of Hospice Care

September, 2012
Dr. Jean Peduzzi Nelson, PhD, Dr. Ann Bellar, RN, GNP, PhD, Barry Goudy, Stem Cell Recipient - It's Right Under Your Nose: Progress in Adult Stem Cell Research

September, 2011
Dr. Elizabeth Shadigian, Laura Farrugia, RN, Madelyn Carpenter - The Consequences of Choice

September, 2010
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Mary Mitsch, Cynthia Dudek - Current Trends in End of Life Health Care

October 2009
Byron Calhoun, MD - Perinatal Hospice, Ann Bellar, NP – Acute Pain Management  

October 2008
Dr. Vincent Rue – Impact of the Abortion Experience, Lubasik & Michelle Yax  

April 2008
Peg Nelson, NP – Pain Management – Palliative Care at the end of life,
Sharon Urso, BS – Solving the Mystery of Hospice  

September 2007
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk – Cloning & Human Embryos: Is there an ethical dilemma? Daniel Greene,MD - The New HPV Vaccine  

April 2006
Wesley Smith, Esq – Futile Care Theory….The Duty to Die, Charles Kleinbrook, Esq – Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care  

April 2005
Regina Chapman - STD's & Spring Break, Julie Hage – CPC Health Educator  

April 2004
Angela Lanfranchi, MD, - Abortion/Breast Cancer, Lorna Cvetkovich, MD - Morning After Pill  

April 2003
Wesley Smith, Esq – Culture of Death / Dr. Latkovic - Medical Ethics  

March 2002
John Diggs, MD – Abstinence – Just Do It, Leslee Unruh, Teresa Tomeo  

March 2001
Life's Beginnings….to be or not to be - Brenda Pratt Schafer – Partial Birth Abortion, Richard Doerflinger - Stem Cell Research – Prolife Response, Diane Trombley, RN – Legislation, James Penkala, Pharmacist


Michigan Nurses for Life


...To raise the consciousness of the
nursing profession to protect all
human life from conception until
natural death

...To form an educated core of nurses who can speak for their profession by acting as a community resource for life issues

...To promote public education and
awareness about life issues on both
ends of the spectrum, from abortion
to euthanasia

...To uphold and defend human life
in all stages and conditions of development







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