Tuesday April, 17th | Human Trafficking: How to Recognize and Respond [Panel] | 12:15-1:30pm | Saint Charles Convention Center
Representatives from each of the following organizations will be present before, during, and after the lunch keynote(Human Trafficking: How to Recognize and Report), presented by the St. Louis Area Hotel Association.
Attendees are encouraged to visit the exhibit space of each organization to learn more about the resources they provide, as well as the work they are doing to end human trafficking in our community! Come support them and find out how you can join the fight!
MBCH Children and Family Ministries
In December of 2012 MBCH Children and Family Ministries opened its doors to victims of human trafficking through its program, Freedom 43:19.
Freedom 43:19’s primary focus is to serve women and minors who are victims of sex trafficking. Women who have engaged in sexual activity for payment and desire freedom from the sex industry are served as well.
Basic housing and safety needs are provided as each client’s unique situation is addressed through a comprehensive program of care. The hope is that clients will begin to heal from the trauma they have experienced and will find freedom in Christ which will enable them to make healthy life choices.
National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis
NCJW St. Louis is inspired by Jewish values to advance social and economic justice for all women, children and families. NCJW is committed to creating meaningful action at the local and state levels to help those who are in most need, or provide “tikkun olam” (repairing the world) and justice for all.
We support policies to improve detection and prosecution of sex trafficking and labor trafficking and to provide services for survivors.
Fontbonne University-Human/Sex Trafficking Advanced Clinical Training Program
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word adopted in 2015 a corporate stance against human trafficking. The organization sought out Fontbonne as an educational partner who could deliver a curriculum to local social service practitioners. The curriculum, developed by Fontbonne’s social work department, will include intervention strategies, advanced clinical training and data collection.
The course will also encompass crisis intervention, stabilization of victims and how to facilitate healthy life styles, life skills and life satisfaction. At various intervals over a 12-month period, data will be collected to assess the outcomes of the program. Through the program, Fontbonne social work students will have the opportunity to engage in practicum experiences.
Monarch Jewelry is a Christian ministry in connection with Crisis Aid International that creates artistic jewelry and accessories as a unique way to engage in the fight against modern day slavery. Our mission is to increase awareness, raise funds and encourage others to fight against sex trafficking. All profit from the sale of Monarch Jewelry and accessories goes to Crisis Aid’s St. Louis Refuge home.
Made for Freedom
Made for Freedom is committed to bringing you products made with dignity. We specifically engage with centers that work with women and girls who have been exploited and marginalized to provide them with the skills and wages they need to rebuild their lives. At these centers, victims of sex slavery and human trafficking learn that they have value, that they are capable, that they are loved, and that healing is possible. Our partners teach women not only to make the products we sell, but also how a business works, and how to use their skills to help others. When women are empowered by employment and education, the cycle of vulnerability and extreme poverty is broken for generations.
Human Trafficking Collaborative Network
The Human Trafficking Collaborative Network (HTCN) is a network of researchers, interprofessional students and community partners with a common interest in improving understanding, identification, and response to human trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable populations. The HTCN is housed and supported by the Washington University Institute for Public Health.
The primary mission of HTCN is to facilitate interdisciplinary research, education, dissemination and community partnerships related to human trafficking and other similarly vulnerable populations.
The Covering House
The Covering House© provides refuge and restoration, using the least restrictive environment, for sexually exploited and trafficked children and teens, providing safety, dignity, and freedom utilizing top level staffing and oversight.
Healing Action is committed to combating commercial sexual exploitation through a multi-system approach of creating awareness by sharing our experience/strength/hope with others, advocacy with/on behalf of survivors for programs and services needed to empower them, and healing action to create spaces where all can thrive.