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Protecting Children from Predators - Jan 26
Protecting Children from Predators - Jan 26

 

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Sara  Morley-LaCroix   

State Public Affairs Committee

Kalamazoo Anti Human Trafficking Coalition founder

KZAHTC@charter.net

269-303-0725

Marie Koss-Ryan

JLK President

Mkkoss31@yahoo.com

269-329-3177

Kalamazoo Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Presents a Free

“Stop Trafficking Before it Starts” Community Event

KALAMAZOO, MI (January 15, 2013) – The Kalamazoo Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition (KZAHTC) will hold a “Stop Trafficking Before it Starts: Protecting our Children from Predators” training event on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Portage Community Center, 325 E. Centre Ave., Portage MI. This event is free and open to the public.

“We have leading experts who will present the best practices on how to protect our children from predators. The goal of this event is to train parents and educators about the signs and behaviors that indicate human trafficking and how to respond if trafficking is suspected,” said Sara Morley-Lacroix, KZAHTC Co-Founder. 

Formed in March of 2012 by Sara Morley LaCroix, Sheriff Rick Fuller and Evie Jeffries, the KZAHTC’s main focus is to prevent trafficking by raising awareness, advocating for victims, and offering assistance to survivors.  The group is also training law enforcement, medical professionals, and educators about warning signs and best practices. Over 75 community members received Human Trafficking 101 training at our last event in September of 2012.

“We currently are training nursing students at KVCC on the signs that may indicate a patient is a victim of human trafficking.  Our next step is to establish an emergency response team that is ready to rescue, rehabilitate and restore human trafficking survivors. We have made great headway in a short amount of time. This has been a great journey, and I am encouraged thus far by the communities support,” said Morley-LaCroix. 

To register for this event, go to www.kahtc.org.  For more information about KAHTC, contact Sara Morley-LaCroix at KZAHTC@charter.net. For more information about the Junior League of Kalamazoo, please visit www.jlkalamazoo.org.

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