Invite your friends to join Hope for San Diego for an informational and inspirational event designed to raise awareness about the hidden world of sex trafficking in San Diego. Speakers from government, victim services, and survivors themselves will untangle the complexities of trafficking and help you find your role untangling this hidden web that ensnares so many in our city.


March 2, 2017 at 6:30pm
Redeemer Church

View the video recording of the event.



  • what fuels this $810 million dollar industry
  • who is the most vulnerable
  • how to spot the signs of trafficking
  • what strategies are working for prevention


  • as a volunteer
  • as a donor
  • as an advocate


Your gift to Hope for San Diego transforms the lives of trafficking survivors and prevents sex trafficking through intervention in the lives of at-risk youth.

Survivor Spotlight

Crystal Isle

Crystal Isle is a survivor. Born to an 18-year-old drug addict, she always felt unwanted, a burden. At seven years old, she was raped daily during the summer by her step-father who took care of her while her mother worked at a local bar. Her story develops like an unreal horror movie. Still a teenager, after fleeing the neglect of her parent’s home, she ended up married to her first trafficker – a cocaine dealer who vastly exploited her. After years of drug addiction, trafficking, and prostitution, Crystal was arrested and that was the beginning of the end of the horror story. And it was the beginning of a new life as an advocate for victims of human trafficking. Crystal was awarded the first Beauty For Ashes scholarship at Point Loma Nazarene University. She is currently a social work major and her goal is to help as many survivors as possible. Crystal says, “It is my belief that there is not one individual that is not worth my dedication and effort. If I can change my life, I know that change is possible for all who desire to have a new life. One of freedom and blessings, blessings beyond their wildest dreams.”


Mary-Ellen S. Barrett

San Diego County Deputy District Attorney

Mary-Ellen Barrett has served as a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney for 27 years, prosecuting a variety of cases, from theft to murder. Ms. Barrett currently prosecutes human traffickers, rapists, and sexually violent predators in her office’s Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division. She is the Human Trafficking Team Leader and is currently assigned to the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force. As part of her duties, she provides 24-hour on call support to law enforcement in the field. Ms. Barrett is vice chair of the San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking and Criminal Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Board which is responsible for developing best practice protocols to effectively combat Human Trafficking.  She was recently given an “Angel of Trafficking Award” by the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, a group dedicated to ending Human Trafficking.

Jamie Gates

Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University

Jamie Gates is professor of cultural anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Point Loma Nazarene University and serves as the director of the University’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation. Jamie is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and task force member for the Church of the Nazarene’s Global Social Justice Initiative. Having been raised in and studied apartheid South Africa, Jamie continues to work with justice and reconciliation as core theological and social concerns. Jamie co-leads a federally funded research project that is looking deeper into the ties between gangs and human trafficking in San Diego.

Among his publications is the book Living Justice: Revolutionary Compassion in a Broken World (2007), which introduces Christian young adults to ways of being engaged with passion and wisdom for justice in the world. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Eastern Nazarene College, a Master of Divinity degree with emphases in religion, philosophy, and multiculturalism from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida.

Lisa Nugent

Victim Advocate

Lisa Nugent has been a Victim Advocate Supervisor with the District Attorney’s Office for 12 years. Her current assignment is with the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division where she assists all victims of human trafficking and sexual assault and is a member of the Human Trafficking Task Force. Previously, she worked at San Diego Police Department assisting victims of all types of crime, including assaults, robbery, and homicide.

Lisa graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Law Enforcement. Her experience includes working as a Program Manager for St. Vincent De Paul Village where she managed a 26 bed homeless shelter for men and women with HIV and AIDS. She also worked as a Protective Services Worker for Child Welfare Services.

Danny Santiago

California Department of Justice

Danny Santiago has been a Special Agent with the California Department of Justice since 2008. He currently supervises nineteen Task Force Officers and two supervisors from Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies in San Diego as Task Force Commander of the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force. The Task Force conducts sex and labor trafficking investigations, and rescues human trafficking victims. Danny also works with the multi-disciplinary and non-government organizations (NGO) that provide services to human trafficking victims. He works closely with the District Attorney’s Office, Attorney General’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office in order to obtain convictions against these predators.