When it comes to expression, be it verbal or physical, we all have unique accents. We don’t choose to have these accents, yet adapt to them in our early childhood years, based on the cultural behaviors and environments we grow up with. Whereas for many accents bring personality, for some accents bring trauma. In order to understand one’s behavior, we must apprehend their culture – be it gang culture, rape culture or hypersexualization – and to which degree these cultures bring new challenges in the 21st century. As service providers and responsible community members, we must look aside these cultural biases and bigotry and help individuals understand that they are victims, yet their trauma does not have to define who they are. We understand that while everyone has a potential, not everyone has an opportunity. We seek to instill a new sense of identity to those who have longed to discover themselves in a world where they cannot be found.
Objectives or Takeaway Ideas:
- (Negative) culture does not have to define who you are
- We need to understand and break down the boundaries of trauma in order to assist others in discovering who they want to be
- Victims often don’t know that they are victims, because of accepted cultures
Founder and CEO/ED of More Too Life, Inc., and a sought-after international speaker, Brook Parker-Bello is a champion against human trafficking and a teacher in what she calls “Digital Integrity, Intelligence and Safety.”
She has been recognized with countless achievement awards, fellows and appointments, and most recently was named a Google Next Gen Policy Leader, with the ability to learn from leading Google executives and other leaders in profound aspects that deal with world issues in relation to tech and tech policy. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 44th President of the United States and the White House in December 2016. She also received the Advocate of the Year award in the state of Florida from the Attorney General Pam Bondi, Human Trafficking Council held by the A.G. and Governor Rick Scott and his cabinet.
She holds a Ph.D in Pastoral Clinical Counseling and accreditation in Pastoral Clinical and temperance-based Counseling, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, a master’s degree in Pastoral Clinical Counseling and two Honorary Doctorates, one in Humane Letters and Theology and one in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary, National Christian Counseling Association, CICA University and Seminary and Richmond Virginia Seminary.