Oct 28, 2020
Brenda Wells
Team i-5 Freedom Network: Human Trafficking

Brenda is the founder and Executive Director of the i-5 Freedom Network (i5FN). Their mission is to engage business and community leaders to fight human trafficking through differentiated training, education, and legislative advocacy. Since beginning their organization two years ago, they have educated over 2000 people, 15 hotels, the Outlet Mall and presented at numerous business and community groups such as the the California Hotel and Lodging Association, Loyola Marymount School of Business and Ethics, San Clemente Rotary, Dana Point Rotary, Shared Hope International, Academy of of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Kiwanis, and Laura's House to name a few.

Also working in legislative advocacy, the i5FN consults on relevant city and state bills and mandates, collaborating with the City of San Clemente on strengthening ordinances on Illicit Massage Parlors, and participates on Congressman Royce's anti-trafficking advisory council as well as the Human Trafficking Collaborative in San Diego. The i5FN is a training partner with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), and and has developed a training program tailored to the hospitality industry that is offered in both English and Spanish.

Brenda is also a Corporate Trainer and certified through Dale Carnegie in Sales, Leadership, Presentations, and Communication Skills.

For her work fighting human trafficking in the community, Brenda was awarded Chamber of Commerce 2016 Citizen of the Year and Farmers and Merchants Bank 2017 Compassion Award.