Dr. Stephany Powell retired from the Los Angeles Police Department as a Sergeant in charge of a Vice unit. Dr. Stephany Powell’s unique insight into the world of sexual exploitation and trafficking gained through her thirty years with LAPD, has made Dr. Powell an unparalleled choice to lead Journey Out in 2013 (formerly known as the Mary Magdalene Project). Journey Out assist victims of human trafficking in finding their way out of violence and abuse, due to sexual exploitation or forced prostitution. In 2020, she joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as the Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services. She is also the law enforcement human trafficking training consultant for Selah Way Foundation.
Dr. Powell’s passion and expertise in this field has translated within the last four years into new policies for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and the national massage school industry. She has led education and awareness workshops to various audiences of law enforcement, prosecutors and communities, throughout the country and internationally. Dr. Powell has spoken before the California Congressional Legislative committee in the State Capitol and addressed the Texas Legislative Black Caucus in Austin, Texas. Since 2013 she has educated over 8 thousand people. She has received numerous awards and recognition from Los Angeles County and City officials, as well as the Women of the NAACP, and Masonic organizations. Dr. Powell is clearly the recognized expert on the subject of human trafficking.
Additionally, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Dr. Powell’s expertise on the subject of race and law enforcement, has been showcased in documentaries, local newspapers and magazines. She was most recently been highlighted in the PBS documentary “And Still I Rise,” by Dr. Henry Louis Gates. Dr. Powell has also been featured on HLN Chris Cuomo for her expertise in Human Trafficking. She recently authored a human trafficking workbook for teens, My Choice, My Body, My Rules, her workbook is currently being used on a national and international level.