Hi Stephany! 

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Stephany Powell, M.ED

Stephany Powell, M.ED

Vice President and Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Dr. Stephany Powell’s unique insight into the world of sexual exploitation and trafficking gained through her thirty years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), coupled with her passion for education and her heart for community, make Dr. Powell an incredible leader in the movement to end sexual exploitation and, beginning in Fall 2020, as Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Dr. Powell retired from the LAPD as Vice Sergeant and accepted a leadership role at Journey Out in October 2013. In addition to her LAPD tenure, Dr. Powell is a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and utilizes that singular combination in several ways. She created and facilitated Team Building and Executive Leadership workshops based on positive change dynamics for the Fire and Police departments. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Dr. Powell uses her considerable skills and insight to educate the community about the complex and often misunderstood world of sex trafficking and to create positive change for its victims. Dr. Powell is a powerful speaker, a tenacious educator and advocate for change, and one of the premiere experts in this field. Dr. Powell has been featured on CNN/HLN as well as local media in the Los Angeles area. She has published a human trafficking youth prevention workbook and her workbook has been utilized on a national and international level.

Dr. Powell’s most notable and rewarding assignment as a police officer was being the Senior Lead Officer in Foothill Area, where she was a community officer, assigned to the Pacoima and Lake View Terrace Area shortly after the Rodney King incident. During that same time period she was awarded Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly. In 1995, she was selected as the Assistant Officer In-Charge of Media Relations Section and designated as the Department Spokesperson, assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police.  During that assignment she served directly under Police Chiefs Willie William and Bernard C. Parks.

“I believe that one individual who is determined to make a difference in the world, can, with desire, drive, dedication, discipline, passion, and persistence. The world can be altered and billions of people’s lives can be impacted positively in an unimaginable way.” ATGW

Topic(s) To Discuss

  • Your work with the LAPD and its influence on your current profession.


  1. Can you share a little of your professional background and what your current role with NCOSE looks like?
  2. What did you learn about victims of sex trafficking after working as an Officer for the LAPD for 30 years?
  3. How did this experience help share your current work of educating various communities?
  4. Do you think it is vital for officers to have trauma-informed training when it comes to victims, why or why not?
  5. Are there any important reminders you could share with law enforcement and first responders when dealing with a trafficking situation?
  6. Have you seen a shift when it comes to the public’s view towards victims?
  7. Do you think laws have improved at all when it comes to victims?
  8. What would you like to see happen when it comes to systemic change for victims?
  9. What has been your goal through the resources you’ve created like the youth trafficking prevention workbook?
  10. What is next for you?


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Our Mission

The Fierce Freedom Podcast aims to shine light on all aspects of modern-day slavery by sharing compelling conversations with individuals who are using their passions and talents to fight human trafficking and exploitation. By telling these stories, we hope to both educate listeners through spreading awareness and to inspire individuals to rise up and fight within their sphere of influence. 


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The recording will then be edited for clarity and timeliness and will typically air the following Tuesday at 5am CDT. If you’d like to listen to the recording in advance, please let our producer know by the Friday before the air date.

If there are any topics you’d prefer not to speak on please let our producer know, we are also happy to edit anything out in post-production. Recording style is relaxed and conversational. Even though this is a serious topic our goal is to present information in an accessible way to listeners, we like to end on a note of inspiration and hope whenever possible.

That being said, relax, be yourself, and as always thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us!



"I believe that all jails desperately need your training as the victims of human trafficking frequently pass through the system. If staff is not trained on the warning signs of human trafficking and what the victims my look like, these are missed opportunities to provide help."

Captain Curt Dutton, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

“Your agency is my greatest resource to share with anyone I talk to.”

Amy O’Donahue, Deputy, Specialized Enforcement, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Officer Ashland and Bayfield County Sheriff’s Offices

"Human trafficking is a worldwide crisis. Everyone can do something. Stand against this egregious violation and maltreatment of our fellow brothers and sisters on this planet. Join Fierce Freedom and fight human trafficking at home and around the world!"


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