We hope you were able to join us during the Academy’s virtual Annual Meeting for our Anti-Trafficking presentation featuring Memphis non-profit, Thistle & Bee. Thistle & Bee helps survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking rebuild their lives. During the presentation, they describe their exciting training program, which includes a beekeeping and gourmet food-making enterprise! They also share ways you can help improve the lives of survivors. If you missed it, you are able to view the recording by clicking here.
Thank you to all of you who have generously donated to Thistle & Bee! Our former President and First Lady Cliff and Susan Edwards chose to forgo their Academy gifts and instead donated the funds to support this terrific organization. Also, Fellow Bill Clendenen and Fellow James Wyatt purchased bee hives! You can click here and here to see how they are named! If you are interested in supporting Thistle & Bee, you can click here. You can purchase their handmade items by clicking here.
Find Your Local Nonprofits Which Support Survivors
We know that the pandemic has resulted in an increase in trafficking. We encourage you to support organizations within your own community that are making a difference in the lives of survivors of trafficking. One directory to search is here. If you do not find a local organization that specifically addresses trafficking, do not be discouraged. Domestic violence shelters also often support trafficking survivors. You can learn more about the role of these shelters in the lives of trafficking survivors here. If your local domestic violence shelter claims to not accept trafficking survivors, we suggest that you share this article with them and encourage them to adopt the policies included in it.
Human Trafficking 101 – Are You Certified?
As a reminder, we encourage you to complete the Human Trafficking 101: Community Member Certification course. Click here to access a half-hour training video, quiz, and certification. You will register and create a username and password. Once logged in, click on Human Trafficking 101: Community Member Certification. Under lessons, select HT101: Community Member Certification. Please click here to tell us that you have been certified!
As always, we thank you for supporting this important cause!