Fighting to Abolish child trafficking for sex
• Core causes/contributors
• Prevention and the protection of ALL children
ACTIVELY ENGAGING OUR PARISH TO LOBBY LEGISLATION TO PUNISH PERPETRATORS AND PROTECT VICTIMS
• Petitions, letters to congress and campaigning for stronger legislation
• Attend annual Anti-Trafficking lobby days at the Georgia State Capitol
SERVING THE VICTIMS
St. Ann's FACTS Ministry has partnered with Wellspring Living, an organization that provides trauma-informed care to survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking. FACTS volunteers serve the girls' residential program, which securely houses girls age 12-17 with a focus on trauma therapy, education, life skills, and confidence. Volunteers serve in a variety of ways, including:
• Service projects/fundraising/donations/drives
• Dinners/games/events – engaging with the healing victims
• Lunches and encouragement
2019 Get the facts! forum
The FACTS ministry hosted Get the FACTS! forum on human trafficking. The expert panel included Mary Frances Bowley, Executive Director of Wellspring Living; Courtney Veal, Cobb County Assistant DA; and Detective Jonathan McFarland, Cobb County SVU. The highlight of the evening was hearing from Wellspring Living graduate and brave survivor, Muniyra Thompson. If you missed the forum but would like to watch it, see the video below.
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fighting the good fight
We talk about taking our faith into the community. Nearly four years ago, two of our parishioners took that message to heart, starting a ministry that would strike at the heart of the La Salette mission: protecting the vulnerable, embracing the alienated and welcoming all.
Christy David and Jeni Stephens, founders of the St. Ann ministry FACTS (Fighting to Abolish Child Trafficking for Sex), have cultivated 100 disciples to tackle an epidemic that plagues Atlanta and its suburbs.
FACTS volunteers are working to increase awareness of this crime while serving survivors at Wellspring Living in Atlanta.
“People often ask what we say to the girls,” David said. “I’ve never discussed their experiences or trauma. We at St. Ann just show up and show them that they are worthy of our time.”
pictured: FACTS co-chairs Jeni Stephens, left, and Christy David, right, with Wellspring Living founder Mary Frances Bowley.