The Justice Conference and Compassion Australia are proud to present ‘Poverty, Exploitation, and the Internet’, a Q&A featuring panellists Dr Allan Meyer, Melinda Tankard Reist, Danielle Strickland and Rev Tim Costello.
How does poverty impact online exploitation?
Why do we need to talk about it?
Is it really a growing epidemic?
Through our Q&A, we will look at how poverty plays an impact specifically in the realm of online exploitation. Through our dynamic panelists, we will dissect this very issue as well as look deeper into the issue we face here in Australia of online implications.
Introducing the Q&A Panellists
Dr Allan Meyer
Dr Allan Meyer was the Senior Leader of Careforce Church and holds a degree in Economics and Politics, a Diploma of Education, a Doctor of Ministry degree and is the Founding Director of Careforce Lifekeys. Dr Allan and his wife Helen now devote themselves full time to coaching and encouraging churches to function as restoring communities. Allan’s doctorate involved the creation of the Valiant Man program, which focused on fortifying and restoring the moral and spiritual integrity of men. Allan regularly addresses audiences on the big issues facing men today.
Rev Tim Costello
Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most sought-after voices on issues of social justice, leadership and ethics. Since 2004 Tim has been CEO of World Vision, Australia’s largest international development agency. Trained in economics, law, education and theology, Tim has practiced law, served as a Baptist minister, and been active in church and community leadership, local government and national affairs.
Melinda Tankard Reist
Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, the harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. She is author/editor of five books including Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry and Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade. A newspaper columnist, Melinda is a regular guest on morning television. She has also appeared on ABC’s Q&A as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is cofounder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout, exposing corporations, advertisers, and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.
Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women. She is an ambassador for World Vision, Compassion, the Raise Foundation and Hagar NZ.
Danielle serves in The Salvation Army as an officer in Los Angeles, California, where she is committed to advocating for social justice in the United States. Danielle is also part of grassroots community work in a marginalised community in Edmonton, Alberta, and is leading anti-human trafficking campaign Stop The Traffik in Canada. Danielle is internationally recognised in her capacity as a leader, speaker, writer, justice advocate, mission developer, and church planter. She is passionately committed to seeing God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, is married and the mother of three boys.