Help Victims of Human Trafficking
With an estimated 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking worldwide, there are men, women and children being sold for sex in cities and towns in all 50 states. Many of these victims are citizens of the United States, and are forced or otherwise coerced into an oppressive existence that includes extreme violence, manipulation, isolation / confinement, psychological abuse, forced addiction, debt bondage, blackmail, and repeated rape / sexual assault.
Human Trafficking is a tragedy that many people don't even know exists in the US. Deemed "modern slavery" by many working in this space, human trafficking effectively traps vulnerable individuals in a seemingly inescapable cycle of crushing abuse - often beginning as young as 12 or 13 years old. The methodology used by traffickers continues to evolve - particulalry with advances in technology and social media. Sites on the deep / dark web provide traffickers with a cheap, relatively simple means of advertising trafficked individuals and connecting with potential buyers. This is where our daughters, our sisters, our mothers and our friends are being bought and sold for commercial sex at a staggering rate.
Although government agencies at the local, state and federal levels are making significant advancments in the area of Human Trafficking, the astonishing profitability associated with this industry inspires traffickers to stay ahead of evolving laws and other ways we are trying to end Human Trafficking. One of the biggest challenges is a fundamental lack of funding for long term services as survivors transition out of "the life". This includes intensive trauma counseling and other psychological services, medical and dental treatment, addiction treatment, employment training, life skills training, transportation, legal services, and housing. Our primary focus at Saving Grace is to continue to work with law enforcement and our community partners in adopting a hollistic model to identify and secure all of these services for survivors; and to advocate for additional protections for survivors - legal and otherwise. Our long-term goal is to eventually open a home to provide long-term housing for survivors as they evolve into a more stable, successful and happy life.
We need your help to continue this important work! We have the beginning of our website in place at www.savinggrace.org, however this GoFundMe campaign is currently the only way to contribute to our cause. If you're unable to make a donation, we ask that you do your part to end Human Trafficking by becoming more educated on this human rights crisis, and by sharing this information with your friends and family. The first step to ending Human Trafficking is increasing basic awareness of its existence in the US.
Saving Grace and the survivors we assist are so grateful for all the support and encouragement we have already received from many of you, We look forward to sharing this amazing experience with you!
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact either of us at:
Thank you so much for your support!
Catherine Brown & Paul Brown
February 2018 Human Trafficking Update
A brief overview of current news and updates on Ohio's anti-trafficking movement
On January 27, the Ohio State Highway Patrol wrapped up a one-week initiative to raise awareness of human trafficking in collaboration with Truckers Against Trafficking and state police in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.
On January 18, an Akron woman pleaded guilty to human trafficking-related charges and has agreed to testify against her boyfriend, after authorities said she forced women and girls to perform commercial sex acts with men at several locations.
The Ohio Children's Trust Fund, in collaboration with the Governor's Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, will award nearly $90,000 in grants to fund seven organizations to develop and implement human trafficking prevention programs across Ohio.
A man charged with human trafficking in Montgomery County has been arrested in California after being charged in November and fleeing the area. Investigators with the Southern Ohio Fugitive Task Force tracked him to Orange County, California.
The United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking released its annual report which documents the implementation efforts of the council's 2016 recommendations, provides calls to action and a special note on survivor engagement and empowerment.
A Lima man was sentenced to life in prison and another to 30 years in prison for their role in a conspiracy in which two girls, then 14 and 16 years old, were forced to perform commercial sex acts.
tools & technical assistance
Ohio Human Trafficking Commission Annual Report
The Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission released its annual report, which includes updates on the commission's sub-committee initiatives and data reported by local law enforcement.
Human Trafficking Bench Card
The Ohio Supreme Court released a bench card to strengthen the response of courts to identify human trafficking by offering practical tips for judicial officers, as well as highlighting red flags and indicators.
Law You Can Use: Human Trafficking
The Ohio State Bar Association's January "Law You Can Use" resource provides an overview of Ohio's current human trafficking legal landscape.
Human Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses
Polaris released a new report on illicit massage businesses that front for commercial sex operations in the U.S.
Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond. (SOAR) Online
SOAR Online is a new series of accredited human trafficking training modules for health care and social service providers on how to identify potential victims of human trafficking and connect them with the resources they need. Pre-register here.
U.S. State and Territory Profiles
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center released U.S. State and Territory Profiles to provide snapshots of anti-trafficking resources and laws in each state and territory.
meetings & events
Human Trafficking Under the Radar in Our Community
February 22, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Jefferson High School, 207 W Mulberry St. Jefferson, OH
The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is hosting a human trafficking training for law enforcement, medical professionals, mental health practitioners, social service providers and community advocates. CEUs are available.
Human Trafficking 101 Training
February 27, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. @ Whetstone Branch Library, 3909 N High St. Columbus, OH
The Central Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition is hosting a Human Trafficking 101 training. Interested participants can sign up online.
Third Annual Human Trafficking Symposium
March 2, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veale Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd. Cleveland, OH
The Human Trafficking Law Project at Case Western Reserve University School of Law is hosting its third Annual Human Trafficking Symposium. CEUs and CLEs are pending. Register here.
Frontline to Freedom: Advanced Issues in Human Trafficking
April 27, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ NewPointe Community Church, 5305 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH
The Children's Network of Stark County is hosting a human trafficking training to discuss advanced issues such as identifying potential victims in a healthcare setting. CEUs are available.
Please visit the Polaris Project for additional information on human trafficking and the National effort to fight it.
Trying to help spread the word for you over here in Illinois! Proud to be your sister and I will do what I can to help you raise awareness! Love You!
I am so incredibly proud to be a part of such an amazing and caring family!!!
I am so happy to see your GFM page. Time to get the word out on the AMAZING things you and Paul are doing!