Senior Attorney Specialist - Human Trafficking Unit
Michigan Department of Attorney General
has been an Assistant Attorney General for 20 years, primarily in the Criminal Division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General with past assignments including the High Tech Crime Unit, Child Protection Unit and the Mortgage Fraud Unit.
Just after Attorney General Schuette took office, she was tapped to join the new Human Trafficking unit where she prosecutes human traffickers. She has convicted nearly a dozen people under the state’s human trafficking statute. She has worked on behalf of Attorney General Schuette with various subcommittees of Michigan’s Human Trafficking Commission, Michigan’s Joint Anti-Trafficking Task Force and Michigan’s Human Trafficking Task Force. She regularly contributes to the Attorney General’s efforts to improve Michigan’s criminal law, testifying on over a dozen occasions before Michigan House and Senate subcommittees considering legislation involving child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. She also frequently trains on human trafficking throughout Michigan.
Michigan Women's Commission
Mary Engelman was appointed as the executive director to the Michigan Women’s Commission in 2016 where she continuously evaluates and addresses complex issues for Michigan women. Prior to this role, Mary served as director of government affairs and public relations for OpTech LLC. Her previous experience also includes executive director for the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of the Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce. Mary has an extensive background in leadership, government affairs and community outreach, as well as operations and budget management.
Some of Mary’s current and past professional affiliations include National Association of Commissions for Women, State Advisory Council on Aging, First Lady Sue Snyder’s Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup, Michigan’s State Planning Team for the Career Readiness Initiative, Michigan Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, Oakland County Medical Mainstreet, Oakland Chamber Network, City of Farmington Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Committee, Farmington Arts Council, Secretary of the West Suburban Area Council of Chambers, and Candidate for County Commissioner for Oakland County.
Mary holds a Bachelor in English from Evangel University and resides in Southeast Michigan with her husband, Robert, and twin daughters, Isabella and Kathryn.
Founder and Executive Director,
Sacred Beginnings Founder and Executive Director Leslie King is, herself, a survivor of human trafficking.
Coerced into prostitution at the tender age of 15, Leslie spent over 20 years exploited, addicted, and trapped. In 2000 Leslie miraculously found the strength and the courage to break free (find her story below), and committed her life to rescuing and rehabilitating women just like her.
Leslie received her Associate of Arts degree from Grand Rapids Community College in 2008, and she is completing her Bachelor in Social Work degree at Grand Valley State University.
Today Leslie is an award-winning and sought-after expert, speaker, and trainer. In conjunction with her mission at Sacred Beginnings, she works alongside law enforcement and legislators to affect lasting change.
Jane P. White
Executive Director and Founder,
Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
Jane P. White is the Executive Director and Founder of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
, a non-profit organization originally founded through the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University 11 years ago. Over 135 agencies and organizations are members of the Task Force whose purpose is to foster collaboration in identification, prosecution, and focus support for victims of human trafficking in order for them to become survivors. Recognized as a strong innovator of programs she has developed curriculum on innumerable subjects including leadership, ethics, organizational change, community policing, and human trafficking. As the former Associate Director of the National Center for Community Policing through the University, she has served internationally and nationally as an active consultant to criminal justice organizations all over the world, including innumerable police departments, juvenile courts, victim service providers, and in the field of corrections .She has also developed curriculum for training based on new mandatory Human Trafficking requirements for licensing of health care professionals, presenting also to innumerable hospital and medical groups She is the former President of the Michigan Law Enforcement Training Directors Association, former Chair of the Michigan Correctional Officer's Training Council appointed by the governor, former Chair of the Training Committee of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, former President of Boys' and Girls' Club of Lansing as well as President for the Board of Directors for Highfields for Boys, and has served as a Trustee to the Capital Area Community Foundation and the Greater Lansing Foundation. She also served on the Capitol Area United Way Board of Directors and was on the Advisory Board for WKAR Public Television as well as an appointment by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to the newly created Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking in 2015. She started her career as a police officer with the Lansing Police Department and then became Director of the Criminal Justice and Law Center at Lansing Community College, Mid-Michigan Police Academy, where she developed and implemented the largest law enforcement training center in the state. She was the first female in the nation heading a police academy. She is a passionate advocate for community based collaborative thinking resulting in action. She also believes “kids” have lots of great answers for all of us if we would listen.
She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science Pre-Law and a Masters’ degree in Administration of Higher Education. She has worked extensively with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), Michigan Judicial Institute, School Districts, victim service providers, Universities, health care providers, the Police Foundation, Legislators, and countless community organizations both nationally and internationally.