Sex Trafficking Event

Florida has the 3rd highest rate of reported cases of human trafficking in the nation. Residents can learn more about sex trafficking and how to protect children from being trafficked at a special event on Tuesday, February 9, at the Colony Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach.

Attendees will hear a presentation on Sex Trafficking in South Florida, view the anti­trafficking documentary video “Chosen” and participate in a Q&A with local anti­trafficking experts representing the City of Miami Beach Police, Department of Homeland Security, Miami­Dade State Attorney’s Office, Kristi House’s Project GOLD and The Life of Freedom Center. There’ll also be representatives from local organizations offering ways that residents can get involved.

“The City of Miami Beach is going to continue to strive towards keeping our community’s children safe from traffickers, this event is part of a long term strategy the Human Rights Committee has been working on for almost 2 years,” said Alan Fishman, Committee Chair of the Miami Beach Human Rights Committee.

The City of Miami Beach Human Rights Committee will be collecting Hope Totes at the event for distribution to local law enforcement and victim service organizations. A Hope Tote is an all­-in­one care package with supplies that front­line responders can hand human trafficking survivors at the time of rescue. You can find out how to assemble a Hope Tote by visiting https://lofcenter.org/programs/hope­totes/.

 

Life of Freedom Center

The Life of Freedom Center serves the community in two ways. It provides resources and support for adult women that have survived sex trafficking. The center assists them with social services, therapy and mentoring so they can develop life skills and feel empowered to live a life free of commercial sexual exploitation.The Life of Freedom Center, through their Sharing One Love initiative works with the community to spread awareness, provide education, conduct regular outreach and training on human trafficking so communities can develop a safe and effective strategy in responding to sex trafficking. You can find out more about The Life of Freedom Center by visiting www.lofcenter.org , calling 786-­565-­8677 or emailing: [email protected]

 

Chosen

As traffickers narrow their target to lure younger and younger victims, America’s youth find themselves engaged in a battle they never prepared for. Hear the shocking true stories of two “All­American” teenage girls tricked into trafficking. Eighteen­ year­old Brianna was an honor­roll student, cheerleader and worked at a local café. Thirteen­ year­old Lacy was an active member of her youth group, and a volunteer in her community. Both were manipulated. Both were exploited. Both were chosen.

What : Are Children in South Florida Vulnerable to Sex Trafficking?

When : Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Where : Colony Theatre, Lincoln Road Mall, 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Time : 6:30pm

For more information, email [email protected]

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