Human Trafficking is a BIG problem and not just around the world, but surprisingly in our own communities.
Atlanta is one of the top 10 cities for Human Trafficking. This form of Slavery has no economic or racial boundaries and our club has decided to be proactive.
Clayton County Public Schools, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services have partnered with our club to be the first county in the state of Georgia to hang Human Trafficking Awareness posters in all of Clayton’s middle and high schools.We expect these posters to potentially be seen by over 35K students not including the faculty and staff. Awareness and prevention is the key, and many young people get trapped into an initial deceptive web and are taken into this horrific form of slavery because they are naive and trusting.
We are in the process of partnering with other Rotary clubs around our area to form the South Metro Human Trafficking Council to encourage other Clubs to be proactive in reaching their schools systems and communities too.
Our club is also partnering with Gigi’s House, a home which will house, counsel, and school human trafficking victims to help them escape this devastating life style. Our district grant along with funds from our club have purchased furniture for the home.The home is almost complete and we are having collection drives for clothing, personal articles, school supplies, and cleaning supplies for these victims.
This initiative touches at least five of the Rotary areas of focus.
|We partnered with the law enforcement in Clayton County to host a day of training for all Middle and High School counselors in every school in Clayton County. We were honored to have representatives from District Attorney’s Office, Sherriff’s Office, Clayton County Police Department, Clayton County Fire Department. Our Speaker included these distinguished guests Dave McCleary for District 6900 Clayton County Superintendt of Schools. Dr. Morcese Beasley Sabrina Crawford Gigi’s House (home in Clayton County for girls that have human trafficked) Clayton County Chairman of County Commission Jeff Turner Clayton County Commissioner Felicia Warner-Franklin We had the representative from each area of Law Enforcement give their point of view and their ability to help children that were at risk. We watched the The Chosen video and had a discussion in regard to what is happening and what resources are in our local community to help the schools and the children in general. It was truly amazing how well each are of law enforcement was helping each other and in constant communication. Each person that spoke with the law enforcement had a great deal of care and responsibility to help our community. The schools are currently in the process of having assembly with videos that we provided and this project is going to touch over 25,000 students. We feel Lake Spivey/Clayton County Rotary has made a true difference in the community for this year and moving forward as continue to raise awareness of this problem|