Bekah's Story

Bekah Charleston is a nationally respected leader and a dynamic public speaker whose story of survival, triumph, and determination has been featured in communities across the United States and at the national level by numerous media outlets including Deadline Crimes, Daystar, Dallas Morning News, NPR, USA Today and the New York Post.

After enduring a decade of abuse and exploitation, she built a career dedicated to the empowerment of Survivors and focused on community collaboration at all levels. In 2013, she launched Bekah Speaks Out to provide customized training and consultancy services to law enforcement, service providers, and community leaders alike.

Since then, she has earned degrees in criminal justice and criminology, filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Nevada over the legalized prostitution industry, and worked with senators to advocate for the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act which provides victims the opportunity to vacate or expunge federal convictions resulting from their victimization.

She previously served as the executive director of a non-profit that provided emergency housing, advocacy, and customized care to sexually exploited individuals and their families where she managed daily operations, programming, and community outreach initiatives. She currently is a member of the TX Survivor Leadership Council and is the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Southern NV Human Trafficking Task Force.

She has been an active member of the Fort Worth and Dallas Human Trafficking Task Forces for several years, has been publicly recognized for her critical work in the anti-trafficking field, and has delivered a passionate talk at TEDx entitled Tragedy to Triumph that focused on the importance of resilience.

Through her personal and professional platforms, she provides guidance and coaching for program development, strategic planning, and economic empowerment initiatives for survivors of trafficking. Dedicated to creating sustainable changes in policy, culture, and victim-centered responses, Bekah continues to educate audiences on the evolving dynamics of survival, from trauma to healing to community reintegration, and all of the challenges in between. In 2020, her advocacy efforts came full circle when Bekah herself was granted a full pardon by the President of the United States for crimes she was forced to commit during her victimization, reminding us all to hold steadfast to hope and to never stop fighting for justice.

As of 2022, Bekah is the CEO/Co-Founder of the Charleston Law Center in NV and is launching a real estate brokerage to help survivors achieve economic independence. Speaking from the heart, she delivers a message of hope rooted in science, empathy, self-empowerment, and transferable skillsets that every audience can grasp.

Bekah’s goal is not only to change perceptions, but to leave a legacy that demonstrates the dignity and strength of Survivorship.

Watch Bekah's TEDx Talk

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When Coercion Feels Like Choice

This SIX HOUR webinar will feature the science of threat and trauma, integrated into the real life experience of award winning survivor/leader Bekah Charleston.