Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.– The phrase that we’ve come back to again and again during this trip when looking at all the problems of creating the “best” program to help CSEC victims.
Dodgeball with the at-risk youth of Jars of Clay.
Jars of Clay
Today we visited a site called Jars of Clay. It is essentially a house that hosts girls who have been victimized by commercial sex trafficking and have a desire to get off the streets. As we drove down to the site, I noticed how desolate and impoverished the neighborhood was in comparison to the flashy side of Atlanta we have encountered so far. Jars of Clay was set right in the midst of it all....
Vivienne and Rafael ballroom dancing in the Centennial Olympic Park after a long day of volunteering at Jars of Clay and dinner with Stephanie Davis!
That’s how you say Natasha!
Jars of clay, playing with the kids. Dance contest.
Breakout atlanta highsteppers
The Cobb County Story: How the Police See the...
On Tuesday, we met the Cobb County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, including Detective Largeant (although it’s really too fun to call her Sergeant Largeant) and her coworkers on the team. SVU investigates all crimes against children (abuse, runaways, etc.), but with the passage of legislation against child sex trafficking in Georgia, Largeant and her team now take on larger...
Talking to the Cobb County Special Victims Unit was jarring, refreshing, and sparked lots of debate. more on this soon.
Selling the Girl Next Door: On Sunday evening, we all watched the CNN documentary “Selling the Girl Next Door” (after visiting the CNN Center). During our debrief, we touched upon: The role of the parents in the case of child trafficking— what responsibilities do parents have to keep their children safe, educated, aware? The role of the Internet, and whether social media is...
When something is that wrong, you can’t look away. You have to do whatever...– Amy W., StreetGRACE
It happens here. →
Nicholas Kristof (who we had the honor of meeting at the Junior league of Atlanta) wrote this article looking at the issue of domestic sex trafficking/abuse of very young girls.
Tuesday March 20
Schedule: • Meeting with the Governor’s Office for Families and Children - this state agency offered a different perspective on the public-private cooperation that GA uses to combat sex trafficking. We’ve learnt that the political/government side of the issue often has a political agenda that complicates non-profit goals, and vice versa. While both groups want to stop the commercial...
Monday: March 19
Schedule: • Street GRACE- a nonprofit that connects volunteers to different organizations in all sectors that deal with child trafficking. • Georgia Care Connection- a public private partnership that acts as a one stop entry point for any child victim of commercial sexual exploitation. A victim can get directed to appropriate services. • Juvenile justice fund’s Voices project- a...