Co-Founder and President, 3Strands Global
Ashlie Bryant is the co-founder and President of 3Strands Global. As a leading anti-trafficking advocate, she has been dedicated to combating human trafficking for the past six years.
In 2011 Ms. Bryant was instrumental in creating and overseeing a human trafficking education program designed to educate students at the middle school, high school and university levels. To date, 3Strands’ Break Free Education Program has educated more than 20,000 students about human trafficking. Bryant designed and implemented a research element to the education program in order to better understand the impact of the curriculum at the end of the program. This past year she developed a statewide education initiative called PROTECT in partnership with two other non-profits, the Office of the California Attorney General and the California Department of Education.
In addition to overseeing the non-profit and staff at 3Strands Global, Ms. Bryant’s efforts include keynote speaking, collaborating with other anti-trafficking organizations, developing corporate and government partnerships, and engaging communities to do something to combat human trafficking.
Officer Jeremy Martinez
San Jose Police Department
Officer Jeremy Martinez is a Training Instructor with the San Jose Police Department and holds a collateral position as a detective with Department’s Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF). Jeremy currently provides training to both members of the SJPD and surrounding agencies. Jeremy is certified by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) in human trafficking investigations and over ten other law enforcement subjects.
Jeremy has been recognized as a human trafficking Subject Matter Expert (SME) by California POST, the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
Jeremy’s knowledge of human trafficking, its manifestations, and investigative techniques have been utilized by the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal-EMA) and the OCHTTF in developing a course for human trafficking advocates to assist them in identifying and responding to victims of the domestic minor sex trade. Jeremy is often called upon to testify as an expert witness in the area of human trafficking, pimping and pandering, and Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Prior to his current assignment Jeremy was the lead investigator for the SJPD HTTF investigating both labor and sex trafficking cases including the first conviction under 236.1 PC (Human Trafficking) for the San Jose Police Department in 2012. In 2014 Jeremy developed a 2-hour Human Trafficking Investigations course which is currently being delivered to all officers within the SJPD. In addition to being a member of SJPD’s HTTF, he is also a member of the South Bay Collation to End Human Trafficking. Together, the HTTF and Coalition were funded by BJA/OVC as part of the Enhanced Collaborative Model HTTF program from 2005-2012, and have trained over 15,000 individuals including law enforcement officers, victim service providers, and others on modern-day slavery since 2005.
Jeremy was a key trainer in a joint project between the SJPD HTTF and Stanford Medical Center training San Francisco Bay Area hospital emergency staffs in the recognition and reporting of human trafficking; the results were published in the medical journal Pediatric Emergency Care (Educating Health Care Professionals on Human Trafficking, Grace, A., et al, Pediatric Emergency Care, November 2014). Jeremy speaks regularly on trafficking awareness, its manifestations, investigative techniques, and multidisciplinary collaboration in the response to human trafficking.
Jeremy is 18-year veteran the San Jose Police Department. In addition to the Human Trafficking Task Force, he has served in Patrol, Sexual Assault Investigations, Background Investigations, Homicide/Day General, Field Training, and is currently assigned to the Training Unit.