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Stories by Jerome_Elam

Jerome Elam is President and CEO of Trafficking in America Task Force. Raised in a broken home by an alcoholic parent, he is a survivor of child abuse/domestic violence, child sex trafficking, and child pornography. Brought up in the South, Jerome enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen. The decision to serve was made, in part, as an effort to escape the tragic circumstances he was trapped in. Through the experience of serving his country, Jerome found a new beginning and embarked upon a journey that showed him the world. This opened his eyes to the strength of the human spirit. After his completion of eight years in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Elam attended the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to spend several years working in the Biotechnology sector. Motivated by the painful memories of his past, Jerome found his inner strength and began to speak out about his abuse. Through this journey, he found the healing force of God's unconditional love and discovered the joy of starting his own family. Today, Mr. Elam is a fierce Advocate for all children deprived of their voice. He is a public speaker, a staff writer, and known columnist for Communities Digital News. Recently featured as one of New York's New Abolitionists, he remains dedicated to the protection and empowerment of trafficked people. Staying true to values he learned in the Marine Corps continues to provide a safe harbor for all, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual identity, or immigration status. When asked to describe his life experiences Mr. Elam stated, "I have struggled against many things in my life and somehow I found a way to survive. Writing is my passion and it keeps me in touch with the wealth everyone holds deep inside their hearts and minds. I share my experiences in the hope that those suffering in silence will find the courage to speak out and share their voices. I have been blessed to have God reveal His purpose to me in saving innocent children from predators." Jerome has received the Award for Courage presented by the National Council of Jewish Women for his work in the advocacy arena and has been appointed a Special Advisor to the Attorney General of Utah.

Children of divorce: Chasing affection in the house of guilt

WASHINGTON, DC, May 31, 2012 – As a child of divorce, I swam in an ocean of hopeless dreams, gasping for air as the guilt of another’s decision ruthlessly sought to pull me below the silent waves. I was made responsible for the emotional devastation that swept through the lives that surrounded me, trapped by ...

The tragedy of youth suicide: Children searching for hope

DALLAS, May 12, 2012 – The loss of a young life whether by accidental or natural circumstance is a tear in the fabric of humanity’s immortal soul. In cases of young suicide it is the daily unrequited suffering that drives innocent victims to seek an untimely end. Devastated family members, teachers and friends are left ...

Eric Justin Toth FBI Most Wanted:

Washington, April 22, 2012 – Since March 14, 1950 the FBI’s most wanted list has displayed the faces that instill fear in our hearts and exposed the evil glare of America’s most despised criminals. The FBI selects individuals for this list only after careful consideration by FBI officials and in concert with the many field ...

Recognizing a child’s needs often requires following your heart

Washington, March 2, 2012 – On the day my daughter was born, tears of joy streamed down my face as she emerged tiny and pink from the depths of my wife’s fragile body. My heart swelled as I saw her cradled in the arms of the doctor delivering her from her aquatic accommodations of the ...

Miramonte Elementary School, an amusement park for pedophiles

Washington, February 17, 2012 – The serene exterior of Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles provides a false facade hiding a house of horrors where child sex abuse was part of the curriculum. Authorities charged two teachers, Mark Berndt and Martin Springer, of sexually abusing the students placed under their care by unsuspecting parents. ...

Meth addiction claims child victims

Washington, January 12, 2012 – In the world of Methamphetamine addiction, murder, mayhem and misery reign supreme. The recent case of the twenty-three year old Fresno woman who went on a murderous rampage while under the effects of the drug highlights the its devastation. The woman videotaped herself using Methamphetamine just hours before she shot ...

The heart of a parent

Washington , January 12, 2012 – During my service in the United States Marine Corps, I thought I had experienced fear. I was living on the razors edge not knowing when a quiet moment could turn into a wave of confusion and noise that swept me into the hands of fate. I was thankful for ...

Tearing down the wall of silence: Victims of child sex abuse speak out

WASHINGTON, November 27, 2011—The world of college sports had been thrown off balance by recent allegations of sexual abuse against Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State University. Sandusky is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with young boys he met through the “Second Mile” charity he founded in 1977, and using ...

Alyssa Bustamante and children that kill: When violence is a lullaby

Washington, February 13, 2011 – A feeling of anger and confusion swept over the town of Jefferson City, Missouri last Wednesday as Alyssa Bustamante was given a life sentence for the brutal murder of nine-year-old Elizabeth Olten. In October 2009, then fifteen-year-old Bustamante lured Olten into the woods where she brutally stabbed her to death ...

Pedophiles and pimps score at large sporting events

Washington , January 17, 2011—As the roar of the crowd fills Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5, two teams will struggle for victory in Super Bowl XLVI. Fans will cheer for their chosen heros, unaware that a darker struggle will be taking place in the cheap hotels and brothels surrounding the stadium. The ...

Harry Potter: Unconditional love and healing from abuse

Washington, January 7, 2011– J.K. Rowling’s beautifully written “Harry Potter” series has transcended age and culture to become a fixture on the best seller list, making its author wealthier than the Queen of England. Deep within its pages is a magic that enchants readers and introduced a generation to the love of reading. Flashlight manufacturers ...

Tim Curley and Gary Schultz: The “Guardians of Silence” on trial

Washington, January 7, 2011 — As I sat listening to the pretrial hearing for former Penn State Officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, my mind was gripped by one compelling question “Why?” Why did two men in the position to stop the sexual abuse of so many young boys simply do nothing? They are accused ...

Children of Domestic Violence: A black and blue fairytale

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 — I awoke at midnight from the nightmare that had repeated itself so many times and stolen away so many of my nights. The storyline for the dream was one that had been etched in my mind in vivid detail since I witnessed an unspeakable act as a four-year old boy. ...