Shakespeare’s Fundraiser May 12, 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2011 by CMSHTC

Support the work of the coalition to provide services for survivors and to train front line professionals by DINING at SHAKESPEARE’S on Thursday May 12. Print out the attached flier and take it with you to either the West or Downtown Shakespeare’s (all day on Thursday), and 15% of your purchase will be donated to the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition.  The donation fliers are good for eat-in, carry-out, delivery, merchandise, drinks, frozen pizzas, and gift cards. You can’t go wrong!

We appreciate your support! Enjoy your Shakespeare’s Pizza!          CMSHTC_5.12.11_Shakespeares

Professional Training April 29, 2011

Posted in What's Happening on March 18, 2011 by CMSHTC

The Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition (CMSHTC) invites you to our 5th Mid-Missouri training on addressing the problem of human trafficking. The training date is APRIL 29th, 2011.

Click for downloadable Flier flier april 29 2011 training, Cover letter CoverLetter, Registration form RegistrationForm, and Map to the training site Map

What’s the Problem – Since 2006 more than 150 individuals have been identified in our state as victims of human trafficking; some have been foreign-born, some have been U.S. citizens; some have been adults, some have been minors; some have been trafficked for forced labor, others for commercial sex. These individuals have been indentified not only in Kansas City and St. Louis, but in communities around the state. Regardless of the specific circumstances, each case represents someone who has suffered a severe injustice and a violation of their personhood and their human rights.

Who Should Come – Effective action to recognize victims, to intervene and help individuals rebuild their lives, and ultimately to prevent trafficking requires a collaborative approach. Whether you are a school counselor, a local law enforcement officer, an emergency room clinician, a social worker, or another professional, you play an essential role in this effort. To eradicate human trafficking in Missouri and to empower survivors of this violence requires diverse skills and experience from many different sectors. If you have attended one of our earlier trainings (April 2010 or before), please join us again. This training is more in-depth with multiple presenters from different areas of expertise.

What You Will Learn – The purpose of this training is to equip you to identify human trafficking and to collaborate with other professionals to meet the needs of survivors. Trainers include Officer Tim Thomason and Sgt. Lloyd Simons [Columbia Police Department], Carrie Tyler [Human Trafficking Outreach Manager for Centro Latino and CMSTHC], Gail Reynoso [Victim Advocate with CARDV], Margaret Howard [Advocate for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking], child welfare professionals, and board members of CMSHTC.  Social Work contact hours available; P.O.S.T. credit pending.

Partnerships a Must – Although it can be challenging to create effective and mutually trusting partnerships among social services, health care, law enforcement, and community organizations, such partnerships are absolutely essential for an effective response to this difficult crime.

Where and When – The training will be on April 29th, 2011 at the Columbia Police Regional Training Center, Robert M. Lemone Building, at 5001 Meyer Industrial Drive, Columbia, MO. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; training is from 9 AM to 5 PM. The cost is $10.00 for the training. There will be a 75 minute break for lunch; we will have box lunches from Kaldi’s available for those who wish to eat at the site (please let us know ahead of time so we can order enough lunches; lunch is $10.00 additional).  There are also some cafés a short drive from the training center.

Invite Others – When you receive this flier please post it and share with your co-workers. We would love to have any interested professionals benefit from this training. Please come and learn how to best serve members of your community who are without a voice!

Mission Statement

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 by CMSHTC

The CMSHTC board has approved revisions to our mission statement. We believe the new statement better reflects that multiple aspects of the work that we are doing. The new mission statement reads:

The Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition exists to…

…end and prevent forced labor and sexual exploitation of innocent children, women, and men. Through active engagement in community collaboration and education, we seek to identify victims, expose traffickers and users, promote slave-free practices, and support survivors of human trafficking on their journey toward wholeness.

We envision communities free of modern-day slavery.

Next Monthly Meeting: May 11

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 by CMSHTC

Normally we meet on the First Wednesday of Every Month, but due to the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services conference on May 4-6, our monthly meeting for May will be held on Wednesday the 11th of May.

5:30 PM – Open to everyone

Room 136 of Parkade Center at 601 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia Missouri.

Upcoming Meetings: May 11th, 2011; June 1, 2011.

2010 Trafficking in Persons Report Released

Posted in Inform yourself on June 15, 2010 by CMSHTC

The United States Department of State released the 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report on June 14. The TIP reports have been issued annually by the DOS as mandated by the 2000 federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The report includes rankings of all nations in terms of their efforts to combat human trafficking. Of special note, 2010 is the first year that the U.S. Department of State ranks the United States in terms of its efforts to combat human trafficking.

The full report is 22 megabytes, but is available online at the Department of State website. You can download the full document or each part separately.

At the same website is a video of the release ceremony, featuring Under-Secretary of State Marie Otero, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca.