Richard A. Sands, retired Professional Investigator, is Board Chair/President of the
Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition and current Board Chairman/President and
Project Director of the Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Downriver Chapter in
Wayne County. Mr. Sands has an associate degree in criminal justice, bachelor
degree in pre-law and currently working on his masters’ degree, developing a
restorative practice project/practicum for the social justice graduate degree
program at Marygrove College.
Richard’s 17-year old granddaughter, Stephanie Brown, illegally
hired to as an underage dancer, independent contractor, was sex
trafficked out of or from a local downriver strip-club in Lincoln Park and later
found dead of a fatal drug-overdose in the early morning hours of March 16,
2007. Richard will share his personal story about “Hands Holding
Stephanie” and the families, faith-based organizations, politicians, law
enforcement and volunteers working together to bring greater awareness,
education and provide prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships.
Opportunities for our communities to help make a difference by saving lives and
being a voice for the voiceless girls, women, men and boys suffering/dying from
labor/sex and drug trafficking, will be the focus of this modern-day slavery
There will be plenty of free anti-trafficking information,
resources, poster material, flyers, videos and the “Hands Holding Stephanie”
quilt/blanket with 74 other children’s stories and signatures from around the
country will be on display for attendees to sign, wanting to “Look Beneath the
Surface” and make a difference for our communities safety, health and
Modern-Day Slavery Prevention, Protection,
Prosecution and Partnership Advocate
Richard A. Sands, Ret. PI
MiRRC - Board Chair& President
Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition
734-771-7251 / Fax: 734-281-4087
"Building Bridges, Building Community, Building Hope for Survivors of Human Trafficking"
www.michiganrescueandrestore.com Follow us on Twitter.com/BuildMIRRC
MIRRC is a 501C3 non-profit organization committed to combating human trafficking in
the cities, region and state of Michigan. We are a membership coalition. Our
Board of Directors: Dr. Sabrina D. Black, MIRRC Board Vice Chair, Linda C.
Allen, MIRRC Board Treasurer.
We meet monthly call for times and location. Get on the
fast track to learning about being an abolitionist against trafficking and
impacting change in our State.