Yolanda is a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant with a background in Labor & Delivery and N.I.C.U. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership & Management from Regent University in 2004 and graduated in 2014 from Liberty University with a Master’s in Human Services and Counseling. Yolanda attended the University of Maryland, earning a Certificate in Working with Survivors of Violence, Trauma, or Torture.
Yolanda is a member of Delaware’s Human Trafficking Coordinating Council and she has served as Co-Chair of the Victim Services Committee for the past 2 years. Her full-time volunteer work over the last several years has been noted statewide as she brings human trafficking awareness to the general public, high schools and coordinates training for professionals. She has reached various audiences including law enforcement, judiciary, attorneys, physicians and medical staff, therapists, social workers, foster care staff and families, and mental health professionals. More than 9,000 individuals have attended her presentations within the last 5 years.
Yolanda tirelessly advocates for human trafficking survivors in Delaware, as a voice for the voiceless. Her goal is to work with the State of Delaware and its agencies, nonprofits and NGOs to bolster the existing infrastructure in order to meet the needs of this underserved population. Her merits include planning and organizing two statewide conferences last fall. The purpose of the conference last October was to educate the general public about trafficking and how to protect our children and communities. The November conference provided specialized training to first responders and professionals that may unknowingly come into contact with these victims within their service areas.
Yolanda is Founder and Executive Director of Zoë Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit since 2012, with a goal of purchasing and operating a bed-based aftercare facility for domestic sex trafficking victims in Delaware. In addition to fundraising for property and a building, Zoë is seeking funds to provide case management, trauma-informed care and long-term therapy to Human Trafficking survivors.
Following her first talk last August, Yolanda has been honored and humbled by this second invitation to the TEDx stage.