I am doing a happy dance about sharing this incredible lady’s interview with my readers today. Carrie Dean is an incredible woman, visionary, mentor and friend. I truly am glad God allowed our paths to cross several months back when I first published my novel. Enjoy learning more about what she does.
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month and this is one of the people I wanted to introduce my readers to.
Meet Carrie Dean.
What is your career? I am employed by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury/Office of Juvenile Justice Services. I have been a counselor, probation officer, supervisor and grant manager. My career is helping children, youth and families for the last twenty-eight years.
What is a goal you have that’s worth working for, starting now? To develop an effective task force to educate the public and to assist victims of sex trafficking with services to reduce the effects of their trauma.
What are you passionate about? Helping struggling families and helping youth realize they can succeed despite family history. I am especially passionate toward making a difference in youth’s lives.
Can you explain what human trafficking in America means and looks like? It means modern day slavery. It is the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. Human trafficking with minors is child abuse as they cannot consent to sexual activity.
What do you do that helps a girl that has runway? Listen and believe, find a safe place, set up counseling with a trained therapist in trauma.
What exactly made you passionate about being an advocate and bringing awareness to human trafficking in America? I have been interested in human trafficking for several years, but seeing firsthand the young girls in our area being victims opened my eyes. It is here, it is NOW.
What wins did you have in the past few weeks? I guess during the holidays and being on vacation gave me some time for reflection. It was time to regroup ideas, efforts and goals for 2018.
Can you begin by telling me what made you decide to follow your career path? I have always been interested in psychology and I’ve always communicated well with children and youth. I didn’t know where these interest would lead me, but after college and a few different jobs, I ended up at the juvenile office and after 28 years, I still love what I do.
What is there to be said of difficult life experiences and how can we transform them? I had quite a bit of difficult life experiences in my youth that could have resulted in different outcomes. It’s a choice you have to make and good choices are a lot easier when you have a good support system. Good support and mentorship can come from family, friends, churches and community, and this is so important, especially to our youth.
When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone? I think this happens every day if you act on your beliefs and don’t change for others.
What is your favorite quote or mantra? This is a hard one. I love quotes. I have two taped to my desk.
1. You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.
2. You should never treat people in different ways because of their outward appearance.
If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in your life, what would it be and why? There are too many ramifications to change one thing in your life. If you change one factor, it changes more than that one thing. So, no I wouldn’t change anything due to consequential changes of other factors. It is tempting, but not worth the risk.
What advice would you give someone concerning Who they need to become in order to accomplish their wish/dream/goal?Don’t “become” anyone. Be yourself and your dream/wish or goal will appear and you can work toward it.
When do you feel like your true self? Helping families succeed.
If you were the bravest version of yourself today, what would you be doing? Probably the same thing, only being more assertive on what I believe in and want.
What is keeping people from living their best life? Fear of failure or ridicule.
Do you have a nonprofit organization you admire or contribute to? The ones that monies go to the cause and not in someone’s personal pocket.
How can people know more about that nonprofit? AWARENESS
How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values? Stay true to yourself and never compromise values. It is not worth it. Research your goals and put in the hard work.
How do we make our values a reality? Never stop!!
What are a few of your new year goals? To find additional funding for Human Trafficking services and obtain additional training in this area.
If anyone is interested in contacting you further what’s the easiest way(s) to reach you? firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-802-1813.