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Speaking & Events

Featured Keynote: The Dirty Business of Helping

A journey to Advocacy talking about the challenges of working in the helping profession.

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Esther Rodríguez Brown, has been working with survivors of trauma for over 30 years. Born and raised in Spain she attended Law School in University of Barcelona. She moved to the United States in 2001 and earned a BS in Criminal Justice and a MA In Child and Adolescent Psychology with emphasis in trauma. In 2005 she founded The Embracing Project (TEP), a grass-root non-profit organization that services child survivors of sex trafficking and gang violence. In 2013 she opened TEP’s drop-in center, the first in Nevada for children’s survivors of trafficking, she served youth in the streets of Las Vegas, using her car as her main office, and many times opening the doors of her home for those youth who needed it. In 2019, Ms. Rodriguez Brown retired form her organization and merged TEP with Rite of Passage to expand services for youth in Nevada and to ensure the continuity of her legacy.
In addition, Ms. Rodriguez Brown has been consulting, training, educating, and developing programs for other agencies for over 10 years.


  • Washington Post. Trafficked Kids Are Victims Article Link

  • OmStars 

  • Las Vegas Entrepreneurs Magazine (2021). Top 25 coaches and authors.

  • Las Vegas Entrepreneurs Magazine (2020)

  • Review Journal (2019). Las Vegas seminar examines how to combat human trafficking. 

  • Fox 5 Monica & Jason (2018). Women Leadership Conference MGM.

  • Review Journal (2018) Embracing Trafficking Victims.

  • Fox 5 KVVU-TV, Las Vegas (2017) The Embracing Project celebrates 10 years of helping victims of sex trafficking. 

  • Joseph, B. Review Journal (2017). Las Vegas non-profit embraces victims of sex trafficking

  • Needles & Pins (2017) Session 1 Episode 1 – VICELAND TV

  • Bowers, N. (2016). Man Arrested in Connection with Human Trafficking of Juveniles. Channel 8.

  • Christian, R.D. (2016). The Track: Unlikely Friendships Emerge on the Dark Side of Las Vegas. Vegas Entertainment Lawyer Website.

  • The Track Feature Film (2015). Directed by Brett Levner. Esther Brown in the role of Maria.

  • Huber, C. (2015). Advocates: Pimps Targeting Children in School. FOX Channel 5 Las Vegas.

  • McAllister, T. (2015). National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Alert ID 

  • NBC-Las Vegas (2015). Kidnapped: How Police Say a Local Rapper Lured a Girl into Prostitution.

  • Local Hero (2015). Channel 3 Las Vegas

  • Trafficked No More Documentary (2014). 

  • Surviving Sin City Documentary (2013). Congo Justice

  • Sutton, R. (2013). The Power of Legacy: Personal Heroes of America’s Most Inspiring People. Pg. 197-211. 

  • Hogan, J. (2013). Embracing Change: Nonprofit Shows Youth Genocide’s Effects to Help Curb Gang Influence. Review Journal.

  • Valley, J. (2012). Sex Trafficking of Children: Las Vegas Deep Dark Secret. Las Vegas Sun 

  • El Tiempo: Spanish Newspaper (Several Editions)

  • El Mundo Southern Nevada largest Hispanic newspaper (Several Editions)

  • 2010 - “Callejeros Viajeros” Spanish Documentary                         

  • 2009 - Weekly radio show “Lo de aquí y lo de allá” targeting Hispanic community. 

  • 2009- “ Españoles por el Mundo” Spanish Documentary

  • 2009 - “Duty-free” Spanish TV. Esther Brown a Spaniard Working with Gangs in Las Vegas.


  • 2018- Las Vegas 100 Women of Influence

  • 2016 – Inaugural Silver Embrace Honoree. The Public Interest Law Association William S. Boyd School of Law

  • 2015 & 2016 - Las Vegas 100 Women of Influence 

  • 2013 - Nominee El-Hibri Peace Education Prize

  • 2013 - Nominee to Peace Progress Award

  • 2013 - Nominee to L’Oreal Woman of Worth

  • 2010 - Award of Appreciation from The Southern Nevada Gang Task Force 

  • 2009 - “Big Sister of the Month” award from Big Brother and Big Sister 

  • 2009 - Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Juvenile Justice Services, Sister to Sister

  • 2009 - Community Hero Award for Directing and Inspiring Youth

  • 2009 - Award of Appreciation from Family Leadership Institute in the Latino Community

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