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Safe House project in the news 2023-2024

February 2024
Survivor of human trafficking shares how her story helps others get out

"When I was 13, I met a man on Myspace. It was really something that was really familiar to me. It was something like having an adult show me inappropriate affection wasn't new," she said.

 

Ten years later, she escaped on her own. Now, she works for Safe House Project, a national organization that provides aftercare for victims...


CBS 19 News

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February 2024
Safe House Project Endorses the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act

Today, Kristi Wells, CEO of the Safe House Project, a national leader in the fight against human trafficking and in support of survivor recovery, officially announced the organization's endorsement of the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act. This critical piece of legislation, introduced by Rep...


PR Newswire

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February 2024
Bloom for Women Launches "Bloom on the Inside"

 Bloom for Women, an organization dedicated to providing sanctuary and a continuum of care to heal, empower and employ women survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, announces the launch of “Bloom on the Inside”, an in-jail program offering assessments ....


The Valley Ledger

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January 2024
Safe House Project shares what recovery looks like for victims of human trafficking

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Eighty percent of survivors of human trafficking end up being revictimized if they don’t have a safe place to go. This is exactly why Albemarle County Police Department partners with Safe House Project.

 

 


CBS 19 News

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January 2024
Trafficking Survivor Shares Her Story | Prayer Link

Brittany Dunn is the Chief Operating Officer of Safe House Project, an organization with a mission to eradicate human trafficking. Amber Love is a trafficking survivor. They shared about how big a problem trafficking is, how not to become a victim and what the public can do to help end it.

 


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January 2024
Human trafficking forum aims to educate, provide resources: 'We can't do this alone'

In a span of one year, from November 2022-23, more than 70,000 sex trafficking ads were posted on a small sample of online sites tracked by local officials between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, Deputy District Attorney Tyson McCoy told a packed house at the Santa Maria Country Club Friday.


Santa Maria Times

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January 2024
Trafficking’s toll: County not immune to ‘heinous’ crime, officials say

Human trafficking, which impacts 27.6 million people across the globe, according to the International Labour Organization, is a serious concern in Ventura County. “The district attorney’s office receives approximately 24,000 to 25,000 cases each year for criminal filing (and) among the most serious...


Simi Valley Acorn

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December 2023
Tapping Into The Power Of The Collective For Positive Change

Hamas, Hezbollah, Russia, Ukraine, domestic terrorism, anti-semitism, mass shootings, government shutdown, political division and more penetrate every area of our world. How did we get to this point? How did we allow our differences to become bigger than our similarities?

 

 

 


Forbes Nonprofit Council

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November 2023
Safe House Project Announces the 2024 Anti-Trafficking Alliance Conference

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Safe House Project, a national leader in the fight against trafficking, announced that it will host the 2024 National Anti-Trafficking Alliance Conference (#ATAC24) in Charlotte, North Carolina on January 24th and 25th, 2024.


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Yahoo! Finance

September 2023
The Butterfly Effect And Combating Human Trafficking

You’ve likely heard of the “butterfly effect.” This theory was created in the 1960s by MIT meteorology professor Edward Lorenz who “suggested that the flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a tornado.”

 

This idea that something small can have a big impact does not just hold true in science...


Forbes Nonprofit Council

Safe House Project

September 2023
'Light Up The Night Gala' coming to Virginia Beach to raise support for trafficking survivors

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Safe House Project aims to help trafficking survivors across Hampton Roads and beyond. Next month, they're holding a “Light Up The Night Gala” to raise money.

 


13 News Now

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August 2023
Speedway Motorsports volunteers leave lasting impact at sixth annual Day of Service

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - Speedway Motorsports employees put their commitment to community service on full display Wednesday, with more than 50 volunteers lending more than 200 hours of labor to three Cabarrus County nonprofits...


WBTV

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August 2023
Audacious Impact | Changing the Course of History

Human trafficking is an issue that touches every age, race, socio-economic class, and gender. Survivors surround us in our schools and our churches. They pass us in the grocery store and re our customers in local businesses. They are our friends, our neighbors, and our community members...


Boulevard Magazine

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August 2023
Tackling The Trust Gap

In the United States, social justice advocates and nonprofit organizations lead the curve in amplifying the voices of victims of crime and working to mend the complex relationship between victims and law enforcement. For complicated issues, finding reconciliation between these victims and law enforcement is essential to building trust, which in turn supports the prosecution of the perpetrators.


Forbes Nonprofit Council

Safe House Project

July 2023
How Local Groups Help Trafficking Victims Find Hope

Though she once walked the streets selling her body, Becky Zeller today hits the streets to help trafficking victims.

Not long ago, she found herself in the same spot as the women she seeks to help. From a young age, Zeller was sexually exploited and spent much of her adult life working for pimps and racking up prostitution charges in multiple states.


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Daily Herald

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July 2023
AHLA Foundation Announces $500,000 in Grant Awards From No Room for Trafficking Survivor Fund

The No Room for Trafficking Survivor Fund shows unprecedented alignment by the industry in the fight against trafficking and provides crucial support to survivors on their path forward....

 

 


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Hospitality Net

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July 2023
AHLA Foundation Awards $500K in Grants

The AHLA Foundation has awarded $500,000 in inaugural No Room for Trafficking (NRFT) Survivor Fund grants to four community-based organizations that serve human trafficking survivors.

The 2023 NRFT Survivor Fund grant recipients will provide and promote resources to build survivors’ stability and self-sufficiency—


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July 2023
Mainers working to rescue kids from trafficking abroad and at home

The National Human Trafficking Hotline, which works with law enforcement and other providers to help victims and survivors, has identified 341 victims in Maine since the nonprofit was founded 16 years ago. Saving children from predators is a long-time mission for several Mainers living worlds apart.

 


News Center Maine

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June 2023
Del. Anne Ferrell Tata on Human Trafficking

NTD spoke to Del. Anne Ferrell Tata on human trafficking. She spoke about the organization Safe House Project, which helps victims become trained, healed, and overcome, after experiencing the life of human trafficking.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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NTD News Today

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June 2023
To Eradicate Complex Global Issues, We Must Consider The Full Picture

There have been several points in my life where I have found myself stuck in a cycle, moving like Nemo swimming in circles because of his weak fin. In each situation, I discovered that this circular thinking was fueled by considering only one side of the discussion, leaving the other to wither.

 


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Forbes

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June 2023
14 Essential Components To Forming Mutually Beneficial Relationships As A Nonprofit

While a nonprofit organization operating alone is able to achieve important goals, partnering up with an entrepreneur or another organization can significantly increase the impact of the work being done to the benefit of both parties. 


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Forbes

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May 2023
Kristi Wells Gust on Emerge The Radio Show

Kristi Wells, CEO and Co-Founder of Safe House Project was a guest on Emerge The Radio Show. Kristi shared about Safe House Project and how the community can be better equipped to spot, report, and prevent trafficking. 

 

 

 

 


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Emerge Radio Show

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April 2023
3-day Virginia Beach business conference will include Magic Johnson, other top entrepreneurs

Brittany Dunn, SHP COO & Co-Founder, will speak at the Business Scaling Experience conference on April 26th in Virginia Beach. This is an incredible event for business leaders to learn from successful entrepreneurs like Magic Johnson, David Meltzer, & Tony DiSilverstro. 


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The Virginian-Pilot

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April 2023
2023 Priority Toyota Charity Bowl presented by WTKR TV

The 54th Annual Priority Charity Bowl took place on Saturday, April 15th at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Safe House Project has been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the 2023 Priority Automotive Charities. Watch the replay of the Bowl by clicking below. Safe House Project's highlight starts at 19 minutes. 

 


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WTKR TV

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March 2023
New opportunities to support Austin children in need during NASCAR

For the second year, Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the official charity of Speedway Motorsports, will encourage race fans to make a difference in the lives of Austin-area children while providing more fun ways to enjoy the March 24-26 NASCAR weekend at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) ...

 


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February 2023
Impact of Human Trafficking on Our Communities

Safe House Project COO, Brittany Dunn, sat down with Woo Woo of 94.9 The Point to talk about the impact of trafficking on our communities, but more importantly, the opportunity for people to get engaged. Listen to the interview by clicking the "read more" button. 

Thank you Audacy Studios and 94.9 The Point


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94.9 The Point

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February 2023
Trafficking Orgs Launch Emergency Operation During Super Bowl LVII

Four national anti-trafficking organizations have operationalized a comprehensive human trafficking response team to respond to the influx of trafficking associated with Sunday's Super Bowl LVII. Jeff Shaw, Chief Program Officer with Frontline Response, has operationalized and coordinated emergency response for 4 Super Bowl games. 


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CISION

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February 2023
Virginia Explores Ways to Prevent Human Trafficking

Experts on human trafficking say the problem is all around us, and a yearlong study in Virginia has sparked several recommendations to combat sex and labor human trafficking.

The Virginia Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support, formed last year by Gov. Glenn Youngkin...

 


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WTOP.com

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January 2023
COO, Brittany Dunn, Talks With 700 Club Interactive About Trafficking

Human trafficking continues to plague communities around the world. Safe House Project is on a mission to bring hope, freedom and a future to trafficking survivors in the U.S. through education, safe housing and empowerment opportunities.

 

 

 


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700 Club Interactive

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January 2023
Ranking of States' Response to Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON -- Safe House Project, a leading anti-trafficking non-profit committed to eradicating domestic sex trafficking, released their State Resource Guides this past week at the Freedom Requires Action Summit in Washington, D.C. The state is evaluated on their comprehensive response to trafficking by ranking them 1-50...


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Cision PR

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January 2023
Dunwoody Urges Human Trafficking Prevention

As a City of Freedom since last year, Dunwoody is observing this month as National
Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
A free online tutorial is offered to help participants recognize the signs of sex trafficking.
The hour-long, 10-module training is available at iamOnWatch.org.
OnWatch™ is training led by survivors, with industry experts...

 


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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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January 2023
AHLA & AHLA Foundation Honor National Human Trafficking Prevention

WASHINGTON – AHLA and The AHLA Foundation are once again recognizing National Human Trafficking Prevention month by participating in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s largest Blue Campaign initiative - #WearBlueDay, which is celebrated today, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This kicks off a series of events... ...


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Hospitality Net

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January 2023
Group raises awareness about human trafficking prevention

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. All month long, advocates want more people to learn the warning signs that can ultimately safe someone’s life. “If you put a frog in boiling hot water it will jump right out,” said Alia Dewees. “But if you put a frog in water that is still..."


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Wavy.com

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January 2023
Speedway Children's Charities Grants $15,000 to Safe House Project

Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the official charity of Speedway Motorsports, has granted $15,000 to Safe House Project to train 24 Austin-area clinics in the fight against child sex trafficking in the United States.

“Our partnership and grant from Speedway Children’s Charities allows us to train healthcare..." 


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Speedway Digest

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December 2022
SHP Receives $1Million Endowment from Rob and Karen Hale

WASHINGTON -- Safe House Project, a leading anti-trafficking non-profit committed to combating domestic sex trafficking announced Monday that it has received a transformational $1 million gift from philanthropists Karen and Rob Hale through their family foundation, Fox Rock Foundation.


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November 2022
Two arrested in Charlotte, indicted on federal sex trafficking charges involving 15-year-old

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Newly-unsealed court documents show a 15-year-old girl was sold for sex between July and December of 2021.

A new indictment became unsealed Friday, listing two people charged with...


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WBTV

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November 2022
Safe House Project Featured in Cavalier Coast Neighbors Magazine

VIRGINIA- The trafficking of humans is considered the second largest criminal
industry in the world, surpassed only by drug trafficking. While human
trafficking reaps an estimated $32 billion yearly, it is considered a hidden
crime.....


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Cavalier Coast Neighbors

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September 2022
Novant Health working with SHP to train team members how to spot trafficking.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Human trafficking affects hundreds of thousands of people across the world every year.

It’s also happening in your own backyard and in most cases going unnoticed.

It’s reported that about one percent....


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WBTV

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September 2022
Novant Health working with SHP to train team members how to spot trafficking.

Nearly all victims come in contact with health care; staff learns to spot the signs. Human trafficking doesn’t just happen in New York, Miami and L.A. It’s happening in rural communities and urban centers throughout...


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Novant Healthy Headlines

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September 2022
Williamsburg’s 5th annual Walk For Freedom hopes to be its biggest yet

WILLIAMSBURG — Residents and visitors alike are invited to join the fight against human trafficking during the fifth annual Walk For Freedom.

The walk — on Oct. 15 — is part of a worldwide event that will see ....


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The Virginian- Pilot

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September 2022
Latishas House Earns Safe House Certification Silver Award

WILLIAMSBURG — Latisha’s House, a Virginia-based residential home providing therapeutic and restorative services to survivors of trafficking, was on Sept. 9 awarded a silver level of certification from ...


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WYDAILY

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September 2022
Dunwoody Helps Battle Human Trafficking

DUNWOODY, GA, September, 2022  -- Dunwoody recently joined cities across the nation by participating in the City of
Freedom March to bring awareness to human trafficking. Earlier this year, the Dunwoody City Council pledged its... 


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The Atlanta-Journal Constitution

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August 2022
Minnesota Chapter of PWIMP Hosted Safe Women Seminar

MINNESOTA, August 31, 2022  -- The Minnesota chapter of Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) held a Safe Women seminar on Aug. 25 at the Plymouth branch of the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota.


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July 2022
TSEC Celebrates the Passage of Key Anti Trafficking Legislation

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2022  -- Today the Trafficking Survivor Equity Coalition applauded the U.S House of Representatives for their passage of the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims (H.R.6552).


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PR Newswire

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July 2022
House Overwhelmingly Passes Smith’s Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

Ahead of this Saturday’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed critical anti-trafficking legislation—the Frederick Douglass TVPRA of 2022

in a strong bipartisan vote of 401-20.


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U.S. Congressman Chris Smith

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July 2022
Trafficking Victims Prevention & Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022

HR 6552 highlight video of Rep. Bass & Rep. Smith bringing bill to the floor. 

Thank you to all the members of Trafficking Survivor Equity Coalition who helped garner support for this critical legislation.


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July 2022
Safe House Project Brings Awareness to Charlotte for July 30th

July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Safe House Project was glad to honor the day with awareness events and walks in 5 different cities. The Charlotte, N.C. Freedom March was highlighted on WBTV where CEO, Kristi Wells, had the opportunity to speak.

Watch.


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WBTV

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July 2022
Human Trafficking by the Numbers: The Untold "Other" Pandemic

On June 28th, Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the now-notorious sex offender and “globetrotting” financier Jeffery Epstein abuse teenage girls between 1994 and 2004. Of course, the world is now painfully familiar with this...


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WBTV

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June 2022
Georgia Home For Sex Trafficking Survivors Awarded Gold Certification

ATLANTA, June 23, 2022 Wellspring Living is the second program in the nation to be awarded a Gold Certification from the national Safe House Certification Review Board, led by Safe House Project. Wellspring Living is a non-profit organization in Atlanta...


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PR Newswire

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June 2022
Governor Glenn Youngkin Signs Legislation to Combat Trafficking

RICHMOND, VA - Today, Governor Glenn Youngkin ceremonially signed seven bills that deliver on the Governor’s commitment to enact legislation to combat human trafficking in the Commonwealth and empower survivors. Following the ceremonial bill signing...


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Governor of Virginia

Hospitality Net

June 2022
Smith Joins Anti-Trafficking Groups in urging Congress to Advance Bill

At a Capitol Hill press conference today, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), an internationally recognized leader in the fight to combat human trafficking, joined trafficking survivors and top anti-trafficking organizations in urging members of Congress...


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U.S. Congressman

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June 2022
Sex Trafficking Myths and Training Opportunities For Your Center

Recently, Care Net chatted with Kristi Wells, CEO and Brittany Dunn, the COO of the Safe House Project – an
organization committed to battling the issue of sex trafficking in America. Safe House Project's mission is to
increase survivor identification...


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CareNet Affiliate Portal

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May 2022
Kentucky Home For Sex Trafficking Survivors Awarded Gold Certification

LEXINGTON, Ky., May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Refuge for Women is the first program in the nation to be awarded a Gold level of certification from the national Safe House Certification, provided by Safe House Project. Refuge for Women is a Kentucky... 


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PR Newswire

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April 2022
Awareness and Education are Keys to Preventing and Combatting Trafficking

Every year, millions of men, children, and women are trafficked worldwide – there are an estimated 24.9 million victims worldwide at any given time.1 Furthermore, approximately 300,000 American children are trafficked every year and only one percent are rescued.


Safe House Project Survivor Consultant
Ross Education

Safe House Project

April 2022
Safeguarding America: Human Trafficking, How to Protect your Familynd Combatting Trafficking

Law Enforcement & Security Analyst, Paul Viollis talks with Ray Horner every Saturday about various happenings around the world. This week, they discussed Human Trafficking; what it is, where it is, what to look for, red flags of traffickers and victims, and more.


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WAKR

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March 2022
Company Helps Take Down Human Sex Traffickers, rescue victims

A Utah County task force recently arrested 21 people and identified and rescued three victims of sex trafficking in large part because of a donation from a local company. The team that conducts these operations is highly specialized and the projects are expensive.


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WAKR

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March 2022
500 Survivors and Advocates Implore Passing of Human Trafficking Bill

A coalition of more than 500 anti-trafficking organizations, corporations, advocates, and survivor leaders organized by Safe House Project delivered a letter to members of the House and Senate today urging them to pass HR 6552.


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PR Newswire

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February 2022
Surviving Sex Trafficking with the Restoring Ivy Collective

Dr. Elizabeth Bowman, Executive Director of the Restoring Ivy Collective and Alia Dewess, Vice Chair of the Board at the Restoring Ivy Collective sit down with Elena Russo to discuss being victims of sex trafficking and how they are using their experience to...


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Comcast Newsmakers

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February 2022
How QAnon is Undermining the Fight Against Modern Slavery

A dangerous QAnon conspiracy is undermining one of the most important battles today - the one against modern slavery. Listen to this engaging discussion between Andrew West and the co-founder and CEO of Safe House Project, Kristi Wells.


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ABC Radio National

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January 2022
Anti-Trafficking Ministries Now Fight QAnon Conspiracies Too

When Alia Dewees conducts seminars about the scourge of sex trafficking and its prevention, there’s one group of people more likely than others to quiz her about the furniture and décor company Wayfair selling missing children or kids being smuggled through tunnels under New York City: Christians. 


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Christianity Today

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January 2022
Everlight Solar: A Year of Giving and Growing

Finally, Everlight Solar further expanded its initiative to help stop sex trafficking by requiring every staff member to complete certification through OnWatch. OnWatch is a nonprofit organization equipping communities to battle sex trafficking through training programs and courses.


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Times News Network

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January 2022
Learn The Signs And Help Put A Stop To Human Trafficking

Every year, thousands of vulnerable people are exploited for profit in the United States. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received over 300,000 contacts via calls, emails, and online chats and has identified over 70,000 cases of human trafficking in the country.  


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Times News Network

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January 2022
Buy a T-shirt or Jewelry and Help Human Trafficking Survivors

January was officially declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in 2010.

Julie Whitehead is a local trafficking survivor who was able to escape her trafficker thanks to an innocent bystander who recognized something was happening to Julie. 


Safe House Project Survivor Consultant
FOX 13, Salt Lake City

Safe House Project

January 2022
Dunwoody Declared ‘City of Freedom’ After Work to Fight Human Trafficking

Dunwoody has become the second city in the nation to be recognized as a “City of Freedom” for efforts to combat human trafficking...The title is awarded by Safe House Project, a national organization that aims to end domestic sex trafficking and help survivors find help in safe houses. 


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Dunywood Crier

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January 2022
Dunwoody Recognized Nationally for Battling Sex Trafficking

Dunwoody has become only the second city in America to receive the “City of Freedom” seal from Safe House Project for fighting sex trafficking.This month Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch will issue a proclamation recognizing training and education as important tools to fight sex trafficking. 


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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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