Bronwen Aker to receive Presidential Award

FLIP member Bronwen Aker has been chosen among those to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with the Orange County, California Sheriff’s Department.

Special Assistant to the President and Acting Director of The White House Office of USA Freedom Corps Alison T. Young will be presenting the awards on Thursday, October 23rd, at 4:00 PM at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope located at 1 Hope Drive, Tustin, CA 92782.

As a Professional Service Responder (PSR) since 2002, Bronwen has donated hundred of hours to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.  Using her considerable computer skills she has done everything from creating flyers to updating and maintaining web pages, most recently serving as the Site Administrator for the OCSD Community Services Blog.

“The thing that keeps me working with OCSD is that, although I have no desire to ride around in a squad car chasing after bad guys, there are things I can do to make life easier for the men and women who do just that. As the saying goes, it’s an honor and a privilege!” states Bronwen.

More on Bronwen Aker.

Another Award for FLIP Member Dottie Laster

Ene Taylor
CYH Magazine
(714) 244-8738


(October 3, 2008) Orange County, California – Lights, camera, fashion! On Sunday, November 9, the Heritage Humanitarian Awards (HHA) on behalf of United States International Mission (USIM) will recognize the amazing work of several individuals who have been a positive force in combating human trafficking/modern slavery in a one of a kind heritage fashion show. The efforts of our honorees have led to the rescue of many women and children sold into slavery, community awareness, policy/legal changes and education. This star-studded, red carpet event will be held at the prestigious Marconi Automotive Museum located at 1302 Industrial Drive, Tustin, California.  HHA targets philanthropists, business executive, law enforcement, politicians, and anyone with a desire to end this global nightmare, which afflicts over 30 million people.
Over the past five years, USIM have rescued over 100 young girls here in the United States and abroad from the jaws of traffickers.
The Heritage fashion Show will feature emerging ethnic designers such as Cynthia Bui, JnG and contemporary evening gown collection by Gigi Marie Couture.
Also showcased will be silent and live auction of fine jewelry and other one-of-a-kind items.
This event will present a platform for guests to see and hear first-hand the plight of  victims of human trafficking.
For Media, please submit Credentials to:
Ene Taylor
Celebrate Your Heritage (CYH) Magazine
About: Heritage Humanitarian Awards (HHA) for charity was conceived by CYH magazine in partnership with Heaven on a Plate Catering and Gigi Marie Couture to bring hope to victimized women and children around the world while recognizing those individuals who are working tirelessly to stop the menace.
What: Heritage Humanitarian Awards and Fashion Show benefiting United States International Mission (USIM).
When: Sunday, November 9, 2008 (6 – 9pm) Red Carpet.
Where: 1302 Industrial Drive, Tustin (
HONOREES: Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Mr. Nguyen Huu Chanh, Robert ‘Bobby’ McDonald, Ms. Dottie Laster and Dr. Ana Nogales
INVITED MEDIA/PRESS: CYH Magazine, OC Coast Magazine, Fox News local, DayBreak OC, 94.7 The Wave, IBLive TV, OC Register, LIVE OC, Vietstar, and more.
INVITED CELEBS: First Lady Maria Shriver, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, OC House Wives, Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria, Rick and Kay Warren, Shirley Lee Ralph, Garcelle, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland just to name a few. Invitations will be available closer to the show. *Event Details Subject To Modification
FOR RESERVATIONS/TICKET PURCHASE: Visit, or Call (866) 403-1343 or 714 244 8738

AGAINST THE GRAIN: Local sex offenders a cause for concern

Melinda Kidder, FLIP member, in the news:

I got an email this week from Melinda Kidder, a private detective with a heart for children’s issues.

She told me she came across information on the Internet showing that sex offenders are living and working within 1,000 feet of Columbia schools, preschools and daycare centers. “Isn’t that illegal?” she asked.

“I’m working a child molester case right now, and it just wears me down,” Kidder wrote. “Seeing that these guys and one gal are living close to schools is even more disturbing.”

I was disturbed, too. I did a little digging in an effort to separate fact from fiction.

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Dottie Laster Speaks at WAD

FLIP Member Dottie Laster will be a key speaker this week at the 83rd Annual World Association of Detectives Conference, an International Symposium for Human Rights Awareness, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration. The Denver, Colorado conference runs from Tuesday, September 16 through Saturday, September 20, 2008.

Laster is a past member of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, a federal human trafficking task force in Texas, as well as former Administrator of the Orange County, California Human Trafficking Task Force.

For more information

Christina’s Back, and doing well

A while back the FLIP team located a girl we thought was being trafficked.  It turned out that she was a runaway.  In the process we broke up a gang, and helped her home.  While it’s not easy for her or her family she is doing well in school, and keeping straight.  We hope to hear from Christina and her family often, here.

A Message to FLIP from Wanda, Brenda Wright’s Sister

Brenda’s family continued to search for her, even as Baltimore police attempted to identify the remains of a Jane Doe found murdered and dumped.

When Bobby Lingoes of the Quincy, MA police department contacted FLIP founder Vicki Siedow for help with giving a name to Baltimore’s Jane Doe, both mysteries came together.  Now Brenda Wright has a grave, and her family has found their sister and mother.

Still, another mystery remains.  Who was it who murdered Brenda and why?  Her family, Baltimore PD, and FLIP want to know.  Do you have a clue for us?

Click here to hear Wanda’s thanks

Don’t forget to watch FLIP Mysteries Tonight on WE tv!

F.L.I.P. Mysteries: Women on the Case Airs Again on WE tv August 15, 2008


Photo by Maggie Knowles

For those who missed it, “F.L.I.P. Mysteries: Women on the Case” received rave reviews from the public and the profession alike. It is an excellent program and makes the PI profession look great. See Michele Dawn, Tina Elkins, Anne LaJeunesse, Vicki Siedow, Peggy Walla and Lori Wilkins work with LEO to crack cases. We’ve been inundated with kudos, such as the ones below.

By popular demand, the show is airing again on Friday, August 15, 2008 on WE tv at 10/9 central. Set it up to record now,

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F.L.I.P.  founder Vicki Siedow and members Michele Dawn, Tina Elkins, Anne LaJeunesse, Peggy Walla and Lori Wilkins star in the premier episode of Women’s Entertainment Network’s program “F.L.I.P.  Mysteries: Women on the Case.”

A woman is murdered in Baltimore, and learning her identity leads to events that inspire the creation of F.L.I.P.

A pedophile is terrifying families in a Quincy, Massachusetts neighborhood, and F.L.I.P. members leap into action with just hours to find the culprit before he strikes.

More on WE tv


GREAT SHOW!!! This really lends credibility to our profession to those who don’t know what we do. I am an instant fan. Can’t wait for the next episode.

The police look respectful and appreciative of the extraordinary abilities of the group. This is a great step for victims and children and a real threat to criminals and exploiters, and now the public now knows that. I am ready for more F.L.I.P.I will be busy spreading the word.

I was extremely impressed with the FLIP show, very professional, graciousness, intelligent, non sensational, and I think it has raised the bar of respectability for all of us PI’s, its the most down to earth reality show I have ever seen, or documentary on our business. KUDOS to all who participated!

I watched the show based on your women’s group F.L.I.P. on Wednesday evening on WeTV. I was very impressed with it. Reality shows seem to be what everybody is watching now a days and I can certainly see this one being a huge hit. Even though it is set up more or less as a documentary of sorts, it is far more interesting and intriguing than any documentary I have ever seen. I love the way it incorporated everybody involved from F.L.I.P., the police, federal investigators, relatives of the victim, and whoever else. This kept you interested and wanting to hear more. I found it so fascinating when they actually talked to the ladies of F.L.I.P. and they told how they came up with the information they did and the way they all worked was so different and entailed such different and varied ways of discovery. I can hardly wait to see another episode. Can you please let me know when it is made into a series? Thanks!
And many more…… 

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