Extensive training to teach prevention and restoration methods for labor and sexual exploitation

TAMPA, Fla. – (July 15, 2015)  The Salvation  Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County to hold a four-day Human Trafficking, Sex Industry Outreach and Aftercare training, July 15-18, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Area Tampa Command building, 1603 N. Florida Ave. The extensive training, based on curriculum by Beauty From Ashes ™ Ministries, raises awareness and educates on prevention, reach, rescue and restoration for victims of sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking.

Founded in 2005, Beauty From Ashes ™ Ministries is Florida’s first and oldest overcomer-led human trafficking community service agency. The nationally recognized program, founded by Julie Shematz, Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County, has served more than 1,300 survivors of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sex trafficking. The training provides resources to help educate, empower and restore.

The event promises to be days of awareness and education. Classes address how to identify victims of human trafficking, bias and prejudice survivors face and mental health challenges of survivors. The training will also include information on strip club outreach, aftercare, mentoring and a day of equine-assisted learning.  Lunch will be provided. Tickets are $125 before July 3; general admission is $175. Student discount tickets are $50. Presenters of the event include Sue Aboul-hosn, BSSW, CSW, Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator Central and Suncoast Regions; Anita Albert-Watson, Human Trafficking Unit Program Manager, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command;Yaro Garcia, LMHC, Chair of Southwest Regional Human Trafficking Coalition;Dotti Grover-Skipper, Divisional Anti-Trafficking Campaign Coordinator; Alex Oliveres, MSW, Southwest Regional Human Trafficking Resource Center Coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU); Julie Shematz, MA, Social Services Director, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command; and Michael Victor, Police Corporal, Tampa Police Department Criminal Intelligence Bureau.

“I believe it is critical that survivors become leaders in the development of new services, shelters and response to sex trafficking in their community,” said Julie Shematz, Director of Social Services for for The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County.

Human trafficking involves the commercial exchange and exploitation of humans including forced prostitution and pornography, involuntary labor, servitude and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, recently rising to the second most common criminal activity behind the illegal drug trade. Florida has been identified as a hub for human trafficking activity, citing one of the highest incidences of human trafficking in the country.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Human Trafficking and Sex Industry Outreach and Aftercare training or to purchase tickets, go to www.salvationarmytampa.org



Media Contact:
Wonetha Hall
Salvation Army Tampa Command

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