John D. Ryan
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
Though slavery is illegal in almost every nation, it exists almost everywhere in the form of forced marriages, laborers, prostitutes, and child soldiers—yearly generating $32 billion USD globally for slaveholders. At least 36 million people are enslaved today worldwide with an estimated 60,000 trafficked humans within U.S. borders, according to the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation.
Fronting the fight against child sex trafficking in the U.S is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and its former president and CEO have taken the fight against child sexual exploitation from the streets to the Internet where children are openly advertised for sex on classified websites.
In 2013, after the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, Ryan spearheaded the "Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse" summit, co-hosted by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, that brought together youth-sports organizations and issue experts to discuss child sexual abuse prevention. Ryan also established a CEO Council and an Entertainment and Media Cabinet at NCMEC to raise awareness about missing and exploited children.
Join us for an insightful keynote on the crisis of child trafficking. This presentation is open to all attendees.
The month of April is both Sexual Assault Awareness and National Child Abuse Prevention Month.