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Defending Our Children

Defending Our Children with Charles Stecker

  • S2E133
  • 1:00:00
  • November 10th 2023

Charles displayed his first acts of courage and heroism at the tender age of 4 years old by attempting to rescue his 2 year old brother. Unfortunately he wasn’t successful.

All through his early childhood and then through his teen years, Charles was abused in every way possible. He constantly lost family, friends and belongings. As a young man he joined the U. S. Coast Guard which aided in developing his character and leadership skills. Some of the issues from his childhood followed him into adulthood. Broken relationships and shallow friendships were the norm. 

With a take charge attitude Charles was able to turn his life around, overcoming his past and bringing victory not only into his life but to the lives of others as well. His fervent hope is that a positive change will happen in your life, family and community through YOU.

Charles is a dynamic speaker who serves others through his thought provoking true life personal stories. His diverse cross cultural and multidisciplinary expertise is sought after. He has been featured on many radio talk shows, television shows, and in newspaper articles. 

Charles currently serves as the Governing Board President and Executive Director of Envision Housing, Inc. A HUD Trained 501c3 Independent Nonprofit Agency where he also serves as a HUD Trained Housing Counselor.

Charles is the Founder and Director of the International Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Inc. 

Through Charlie’s Angels Programs of Empowerment Llc., he is an Empowering Speaker and Authority on Overcoming Adversity. Charles created this business entity in memory of his brother.

Charles is a Children's Rights Warrior, Parental Responsibility Advocate, and Childhood Abuse Transcender.

He is a Multi-Award Winning Child Advocate, Speaker and Author.

He is currently and/or formerly a member of: The Child Welfare League of America, The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, The National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, Protecting Canadian Children, Being Beautiful Foundation, Children Without A Voice, Stand Up For Kids, The American Legion, The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Lodge 2 and Shriner’s International.



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Defending Our Children

Defending Our Children is a show dedicated to stopping Child Trafficking. This show segues from Contraland, the documentary created by Veterans For Child Rescue founder, Craig “Sawman” Sawyer. Its sole purpose is to alert the populace of the human trafficking of children which is the single greatest threat to our way of life. It is an estimated $38-$50 billion industry, which is greater than the NBA, NFL, and MLB combined. Society believes that this industry is real however that it exists outside our borders. When in fact this problem is prevalent in every corner of the United States.

We need to challenge our educational system, our justice system, our local, state, and federal government. In recent times we have been taught to view that our greatest threat to society was terrorism, however Child Trafficking has a much more devastating impact because our children will be the future leaders of our way of life. We as a society have to do everything we can to protect our species starting with our children. This evil impacts every single person in the United States as well as worldwide.

Meet the Hosts


    Craig grew up near Houston, Texas and got his tactical start in the U.S. Marine Corps. He quickly transitioned to the U.S. Navy to pursue high-level Special Operations as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He served in SEAL Team One, then went on to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), then in the Federal Air Marshal Service as an Agent and Supervisor. After 5 years in Federal Law Enforcement, Craig served in High-Threat Mobile Security contracting, Film & Television Tech Advising, and Personal Security Training for the public.

    As a DEVGRU Operator, Craig gained critical combat experience in Desert Shield and Desert Storm resulting in decoration for “Heroic Service.”

    Those operations included:

    • The capturing of the very first prisoners of the war
    • CSAR (Combat Search And Rescue) Operations
    • Sniper Operations
    • Reconnaissance Operations
    • Counter-Mine Operations
    • FAV (Fast Attack Vehicle) Operations

    Throughout his career, Craig gained recognition for his mastery of multiple military and combat disciplines, such as weapons training and shooting, counter-terrorism, surveillance and counter-surveillance, climbing, criminal investigation, parachuting, and hand-to-hand combat.


    When a friend and intelligence community veteran told Craig about the severity of child trafficking in America, Craig knew he had to do something.Craig founded Veterans for Child Rescue (V4CR) in April of 2017 with the goals of exposing and eradicating child trafficking in the USA. He made plans to film a documentary that would expose the infrastructure and secrecy behind the industrial scale harm of child trafficking.


      Forrest began his career in credit card acquiring in 1989. He was an original member of Retriever Payment Systems – which was a pioneer in the credit card acquiring industry. Forrest was also an original member of the ETA Technology committee where he received the “Committee of the Year” award in 2004.

      In his 20+ years at Retriever Payment Systems/National Processing Company, Forrest wore many hats and played part in many versatile roles to help the company grow. He spent the first half of his time there in Operations, where he ran a call center for Technical Support, Merchant Services, and specialty groups for Banking and Major Merchants. For the second half of his time, Forrest spent his time in Business Development. He managed a team that was the liaison to the top 60 resellers. Forrest and his team would provide any services that were needed to bring in a client. This would include going on sales calls, finding products and dealing with underwriting guidelines.

      Additionally, Forrest was tasked to go on sales calls for direct business, government, and bank clients. He negotiated contracts and worked with the legal department to resolve any contract issues on existing and future clients.

      Additionally, Forrest acquired, managed, built pricing models, did financials, tax preparation, and operations consulting for “Stand Alone” emergency rooms.

      Support Us

      By donating to Veterans For Child Rescue, you're championing a nationwide effort to shield our children from harm. Every contribution you make not only reinforces our commitment but also fuels our unwavering mission to obliterate child trafficking within the USA. Stand with us; together, we can create a safer future for every child.

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