Sakura Yodagawa-Campbell, survivor, speaks of being sex trafficked by her boyfriend during a two-year period in which she was forced to have sex with him and others in order to pay her bills and survive. Sakura will also provide local resources and talk about what is happening in Nebraska and how attendees can get involved and help end sex trafficking.
Sakura is a Crime Victim Advocate for the Sarpy County Victim Witness Unit. She is a member of the Board of Director’s for the Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime, member of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force and a volunteer for the Pixel Project, an international organization based in South-East Asia that uses the internet and social media to raise awareness and funds to end violence against women and girls world-wide. She is a member of the Women’s Fund Circles, Omaha Doula Association and the Spellman CDC Parent Partnership Group. Sakura is a survivor. She speaks out publicly about her victimization in hopes of encouraging other survivors to speak out and breaking the stigma of “being a victim”. She uses her personal experience to educate professionals on working with victims and survivors, improving offender accountability and engage the community into action to end violence against women and children. Sakura speaks about her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual assault/rape and sex trafficking. She also shares her healing and recovery as a former cutter and drug/alcohol abuser and as someone living with PTSD, anxiety and depression. Sakura has been recognized by her community for her ongoing advocacy including receiving the Purple Ribbon Award from the DVCC in 2008 and a Nominee for the Hometown Hero Award by the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association in 2013 and was featured in the Pixel Project Survivor Stories in 2013. When not busy trying to save the world, Sakura can be found performing around Omaha with her belly dance troupe, the Lotus Dancers and spending as much time as she can raising another fierce warrior, her daughter, Gaia, and hanging with her husband Rob and cat Isis. She is a Certified Severe Weather Spotter and coffee consumer and is forever working towards her degree in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNO. Sakura hopes to one day be working in Washington, D.C. as an Advocate for women and children.