President and CEO Trafficking in America Task Force
Jerome Elam is a survivor of child sex trafficking, child abuse, and child pornography. He is also the child of an alcoholic and a child survivor of domestic violence as well as a child of divorce. Raised in the south, Jerome enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen to escape the nightmare he had become trapped in. That day, Jerome’s life found a new beginning as he embarked upon a journey that would show him the world and open his eyes to the strength of the human spirit. After his enlistment was finished, Jerome attended college and graduated to work in the Biotechnology sector. Motivated by the painful memory of his past, Jerome began to speak out about his abuse and found the healing force of God’s unconditional love and the joy of starting his own family. He is a fierce advocate for all children deprived of their voices, a speaker, a Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. When asked to describe his life Jerome says,” 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 for me in saving innocent children from predators.
Trafficking in America Task Force Treasurer
LOUIS ROMANO is Bronx born and raised. He is the author of two book series: the Gino Ranno series and the Detective Vic Gonnella series. YOU THINK I’M DEAD is the second book in the Detective Vic Gonnella series. It follows INTERCESSION, which was published in spring 2014.
Romano, who now lives in New Jersey, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in fine arts, and is an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur who has had much success in the energy business. His love for writing has always tugged at his soul. He began writing urban poetry at the age of 18, and published these poetry writings in a compilation of his work from 1968-2012 in two books: Anxiety’s Nest (2011) and Anxiety’s Cure (2013). His Gino Ranno book series includes FISH FARM (2010) and BESA (2012). BESA has won five awards for best screenplay, and will be followed up in spring 2016 with a third book in the series which focuses on Ranno’s dealings with the Russian mafia.
Rose Morrisroe, MAT
Trafficking in America Task Force Vice-President
Rose is the founder of Soldiers Against Child Abuse, a 501C3 national non-profit organization whose focus is to make a positive impact on the lives of all children and parents. Along with the publication of No Secrets Between Us, she has written body safety & child abuse awareness curriculum currently being considered by schools across the country and Members of Congress. Please email Rose to discuss implementation of No Secrets Between Us Body Safety Curriculum in your school district. It’s Self Defense for the Mind! A strong woman, child advocate, educator and author, Rose Morrisroe, was today named New Yorker Of The Week. She deserves this honor because, in the words of NY1 News, “she encourages children to become their own advocates.” Recently featured on NY1 News, film crews captured Morrisroe, educating students against child sexual abuse at P.S. 18 Edward Bush. When Rose isn’t writing or teaching, she is a motivational speaker who has been interviewed for newspapers and on television at many key events for child safety. She holds a Masters in Education and is an educator in an inner city school district. Rose has dedicated her life to her calling…raising awareness, body safety education, and prevention in order to protect the most innocent citizens…our children. Morrisroe says, “Our greatest weapon in the battle against child abuse is knowledge.”
Trafficking in America Task Force Secretary
Cleo Tellier is a 21 year old actress and is best known from her French-Canadian series regular roles on Virgine & 30 Vies. She has also appeared on La Galore, Max and Shred, Being Human, Wingin’ it, Subito Texto, Lost Girl, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Trauma, Make It Pop, How to be Indie, The Stanley Dynamic, Degrassi, Une grenade avec ça? Beverly Hills Canine Country Club etc. Cleo has dubbed French versions of The Karate Kid, The Hunger Games, Piranha 3D, The Spy Next Door, Life of Pi, Bedtime Stories, Harry Potter, Reservation Road and over 50 other films. She has also had roles in several feature films including: Gerry, Catimini, Blood Red Christmas and She Wants Me. Cleo has also appeared in commercials for brands like Tim Hortons, McDonald, Much Music, Hotmail, Red Bull, Dove, Nutella, Pepsi, Loblaws, Ford, Nature’s Path, Apple, Adidas, Kit Kat, Colgate etc. She studied in Film Production at York University and now continue to work in front and behind the camera. At 19 years old, Cleo Tellier directed her first film about child abuse and human trafficking, The Silence, which won over 25 awards across the world and over 20 nominations. At 20 years old, Cleo directed her second film, Mishka, about children’s sexual abuse. She now works actively with several organizations and charity to fight child abuse and human trafficking.