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Dawn Schiller        

Domestic Violence Prevention Activist, Author & Motivational Speaker

Dawn Schiller is an art and social justice writer at large and regularly conducts memoir-writing workshops. She taught women’s studies and activism at Oregon State University and shares her story of abuse, trafficking, and survival in her presentations to inspire, educate and motivate communities across the United States. Her academic presentations dynamically infuse lived experience on topics of anti-violence, anti-trafficking (Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children), trauma and trauma-informed care, teen/child abuse, the media, ally-ship, resilience, addiction, recovery, and healing.

Nationally, Schiller is a violence and human trafficking expert consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (TTAC), the Department of Health & Human Services Office on Trafficking in Persons (NHTTAC), and the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She is a founding member of “Survivor 2 Survivor” (S2S) and a member of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking’s (CAST) “Resilient Voices”.

Schiller has been nominated for multiple awards, including the R.O.S.E. (Regaining One's Self Esteem) award and the Sunshine Peace award. She received the federal “Granting Courage” scholarship in 2016 and has been honored by the City of West Hollywood for her work in developing anti-violence and human trafficking trainings (2020).

Speech Topics


"Help Me, Sister!"

Strategies for Becoming a True Ally in the Anti-Violence/Anti-Trafficking Movement

Resilience in the Face of a Mountain

From Survival to Healing to Service

Media and The Victim

When Telling Your Story is Like a Punch in the Face

"My Name Is No One"

Fighting the Multi-Billion Dollar Porn Industry's Movement to Make Me Invisible

Our Vulnerable Teens

Who are They and How Can We Help?

Trafficking at the Intersection

An Intersectional Analysis of the Trafficking of Marginalized Youth in the United States

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The Faces of Trafficking

Combating Sexual Exploitation of Youth and Adults in America

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