Fontbonne University, a private, Catholic, liberal arts institution in Clayton, Mo., cordially invites you to attend an important press conference on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, to announce a new program that assists social workers, advocates and first responders as they help victims and survivors of human trafficking recover from trauma. Fontbonne’s five-day program trains social service professionals involved in the identification, prevention and treatment of human and sex trafficking victims.
A press conference will take place prior to a reception with light refreshments. We will hear from Congresswoman Ann Wagner as well as Katie Rhoades, survivor, mentor and founder/executive director of Healing Action, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping trafficking survivors heal and rebuild their lives.
Thursday, Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m.
East Building: Foyer and Welcome Center
Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63105
Access a campus map and directions: https://www.fontbonne.edu/
About the Program
Made possible through funding from the Incarnate Word Foundation, Fontbonne’s pilot program enrolls participants from social service agencies, advocates and first-responders across the St. Louis region who will attend at no cost.
“Offering this unique program to St. Louis professionals is something intrinsically tied to our founding values,” said J. Michael Pressimone, Fontbonne president. “The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, our founders, and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word have made it their mission to help those less fortunate, and we are proud to continue those healing traditions through academic initiatives such as this. After this pilot, Fontbonne will establish a Center dedicated to education, community development and prevention surrounding this critical issue.”
The training will facilitate community connections among organizations that have primary access to vulnerable populations, bringing people and groups together as one alliance and providing them with the education, tools and tactics needed to end human/sex trafficking.
About Human and Sex Trafficking
• The National Human Trafficking Hotline has reported 74 cases of human trafficking in Missouri between January and June 2017. The state ranks 16th in human trafficking cases reported.
• Between 2004 and 2006, the U.S. Department of State reported 600,000 – 800,000 adults and children were trafficked across international borders for the purposes of labor exploitation.
• The Urban Institute estimated that as of 2007, the net worth of sex trafficking economy in seven major U.S. cities to be between $39.9 million and $250 million.
• Human trafficking is believed to be the third largest criminal activity in the world, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2017.