Rotary Club of West Liberty Efforts for the Fight Against Human Trafficking
The Rotary Club of West Liberty has continued it’s quest to educate our community regarding Modern Day Slavery: HUMAN TRAFFICKING. We began our efforts back in 2017, with an open community forum with other service organizations and local police were present, where Braking Traffik (Division of Family Resources of Davenport, IA), an organization dedicated to bringing an end to Human Trafficking, presented. This resulted in this organization being invited back for additional presentations to our local Christian Youth Group and other service organizations over the next year.
The Rotary Club of West Liberty then sponsored a fundraiser in conjunction with WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS on July 30, 2019, raising $1500 for the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking (INAHT). The INAHT is Iowa’s first and only volunteer organization devoted exclusively to ending human trafficking in all its forms. Human Trafficking IS modern day slavery where vulnerable people are forced or coerced into involuntary servitude of the purpose of financial profit for Traffickers.
In October 2019, profits from our Pulled Pork BBQ, raised an additional $1300, bringing our total fundraising efforts to $2800 for INAHT!
On January 20, 2020, we achieved a goal of providing Human Trafficking education to our West Liberty Community School District (WLCSD) Faculty and Staff, where approximately 150 attendees, with other service organizations and local police were present. . This was a presentation by Braking Traffik called“Any Kid Anywhere…”, featuring sex trafficking survivors stories which shatters the myth that sex trafficking is just a big city or third world country crime. The presentation was a great success with positive feedback from the WLCSD faculty, as stated by Dr. Diego F. Giraldo, Superintendent, “It is essential to start with awareness and learning how to support our children, families, and community.” Our Club looks forward to continuing to support and educate our community regarding Modern Day Slavery: HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
RESOURCES for the fight against human trafficking.
Chains Interrupted – Iowa Statistics – www.chainsinterrupted.com
Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking – www.iowanaht.org
Iowa State Attorney – www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov
Teens Against Trafficking – https://www.yss.org/program/teens-against-human-trafficking/
Truckers Against Trafficking (T.A.T.) – https://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/