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Office of Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation, Advisory Board

Violence Against Women:
Human Trafficking Symposium


Tuesday, October 27, 2015
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Schiff Banquet and Conference Center,
Xavier University
Cintas Center
1624 Herald Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45207

International Speaker: Edwina Gateley
National Speaker: Brenda Myers-Powell
Local Speaker: Retired FBI Special Agent Pam Matson

Major Donors:


Justice, Peace and Integrity
of Creation Office

Ursulines of Cincinnati

Edwina Gateley


Edwina is a poet, theologian, artist, writer, lay minister, modern-day mystic and prophet, and a single mom.

Born in Lancaster, England, Edwina Gateley’s educational experiences have awarded her a Teacher’s Degree from her home country, a masters degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and certification as an HIV Counselor in the State of Illinois.

From 1981 to 1982 Edwina lived for nine months in prayer and solitude in a hermitage in Illinois. In 1983, after spending over a year on the streets of Chicago, she founded Genesis House – a house of hospitality and nurturing for women involved in prostitution.

Edwina has published several books, has been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, as well as in many other documentaries.

She gives talks, conferences and retreats in the US, as well as internationally. Edwina continues to work with women in recovery through her small foundation, Sophia’s Circle.

To learn about the books written by Edwina Gateley ...

Brenda Myers-Powell


Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Dreamcatcher Foundation, Ms. Myers-Powell was a product of human trafficking at the age of fourteen where she escaped an abusive home life and learned to navigate the streets of Chicago.

Ms. Myers-Powell has the insight and depth to help others change their lives and live their dreams. She practices what she preaches and helps others obtain and reach new levels of achievement. She has a captivating personality and approach that touches the heart of everyone. She makes you laugh and cry with her emotive personal stories and does it with eagerness, integrity and enthusiasm.

The Dreamcatcher Foundation, a 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit, is a survivor founded, survivor driven, and survivor focused agency fighting to end human trafficking in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. They work to prevent the sexual exploitation of at-risk youth and help them find confidence and stability through education, empowerment, and active prevention. www.thedreamcatcherfoundation.org

Pamela A. Matson

Pamela A. Matson recently retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after 25 years as a Special Agent. During her last seven years with the FBI, she was the Cincinnati Field Office’s lead investigator for human trafficking and other civil rights crimes.

Pam completed numerous specialized training courses on human trafficking, most notably she was recommended for training at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, where she trained with federal prosecutors. 

A recognized leader and sought-after presenter and trainer, Pam has given hundreds of presentations on human trafficking to various community groups and has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers on detecting and investigating human trafficking and on ways to serve trafficking survivors.

Pam was a founding member of End Slavery Cincinnati, whose mission is to serve victims of human trafficking and increase public awareness of the issue of human trafficking.

In 2013, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center recognized Pam as a “Trafficking In Persons” hero.

Since her retirement Pam has remained active in the human trafficking realm. She is also involved in other social justice issues in the Cincinnati community, including leadership at a local food pantry.