Fighting to Abolish child trafficking for sex

The members of the FACTS ministry work to address the issue of trafficking in these ways:
 
INCREASING AWARENESS OF THE PROBLEM OF CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING IN GEORGIA
• Startling facts, warning signs, who is at risk
• 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:
• Mentorships
• Service projects/fundraising/donations/drives

• Dinners/games/events – engaging with the healing victims
• Lunches and encouragement
• Donations needed: 2019 Wellspring Donations List
 
 
     
RESOURCES & TIPS TO STAY SAFE
 
 

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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2018 FACTS MINISTRY TRAFFICKING FORUM

Thank you for either attending our child trafficking awareness forum on January 31, 2018 or viewing online. Many great questions came from guests in the audience who have concerns about keeping their loved ones safe from potential victimization. Amanda Gully, FBI Victim Specialist, suggested families check out the resources from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Mary Frances Bowley, Founder and Executive Director of Wellspring Living, said that many of the most vulnerable girls are ones who have no strong family support or sense of safety. She suggested that families make sure they are the ones filling their children’s ears and hearts with the words they crave hearing, like “You are special, you are beautiful, you are talented, I love how good you are at this,” so that they are not seeking this love and affection in other places.

Most victims are not snatched off the streets. They are lured slowly and patiently. Social media provides instant access to teens for many people with terrible intentions. Please follow this link about how child predators can use social media to lure children into an online relationship and discuss with anyone with access to the internet or social media.

January 31, 2018 Forum

Contact Information

Jeni Stephens
jstephens@pebbletossers.org
(404) 771-4017

 

Christy David
fourgadogs@comcast.net
(404) 993-3501

 

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The Catholic Church of St. Ann is a La Salette parish family dedicated to reconciliation through worship, word, works and sacrament.

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