AAUW Medina County has been in the forefront of creating awareness of this issue, both in programming to inform residents of the pervasive problem and in the formation of the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
We maintain a membership in the Coalition, have representatives at its meetings and programs and actively work to support its mission.
Current programming includes the half-day “Human Trafficking Workshop: Freeing the Modern Slaves,” Thurs. Aril 28, from 8 – 12 at the Lafayette United Methodist Church, Medina. Featured speaker will be Theresa Flores, author, advocate and human trafficking survivor. She will talk on how teens are targeted and get caught in the business of sexual slavery. She will also discuss the origin of the S.O.A.P. Program (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) which she conceived as a hands-on outreach program to fight sex trafficking at large events and in communities. Learn how teams in our area are working to disperse information and bars of soap with contact information for the Sex Trafficking Hot Line at hotels and motels prior to the national GOP convention in Cleveland in July.
Chuck Johnson of the FBI and Jamie Blair, of the Summit County Juvenile Court, will discuss trafficking from the point of view of their agencies. The program will open with registration and a continental breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. There is no charge to attend. Lafayette United Methodist Church is located at 6201 Lafayette Rd., Medina. Professional CEU’s will be offered for attending the session.