EVENTS

 

Thank you to all those who joined us for the 2017 Florida Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Day in Tallahassee. We are excited to announce the new name, date, and location for the 2018 event will be:
Traffick Stop 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018
at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, FL.
Tickets for the Prayer Breakfast are $15, breakout sessions, Unity March to the Capitol, and Press Conference/Rally are free.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

2018 Event Schedule

6:45 a.m.    Prayer breakfast registration begins  (RSVP by Jan. 4, $15 advance purchase)
7:15 a.m.    Prayer breakfast with keynote speaker
8:15 a.m.    Event registration for all attendees

8:45  a.m.   Breakthrough Sessions (25 min each)

  • PAUSE - Hosted by The Porch Light 
  • REFLECT - Hosted by One Purse 
  • TAKE ACTION - Hosted by Voices for Florida  

10:30 a.m.  Unity March to the Historic Capitol
11:00 a.m.   Rally at the Historic Capitol featuring "The State of Trafficking in Florida" press conference with Secretary Mike Carroll of Florida Department of Children and Families, Dr. Jerry Haag, survivor Christa Hicks and more!

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Whenever a child, teenager or adult stretches his or her arm out and puts up their hands, it symbolizes "STOP", "Back away", "Don't come any closer."

If only putting an end to trafficking was as simple as raising a hand.

In an effort to put up our hands in unity with survivors and with vulnerable people, in our communities and our nation, we are creating a space to interact with elected officials, fellow advocates, courageous survivors, field experts and more at Traffick Stop 2018.

Join us in Tallahassee on National Human Trafficking Day - January 11, 2018 - to pause, reflect and take action toward defeating human trafficking.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from peers and colleagues, make a difference by conversing with lawmakers and make crucial connections that will shape the future of the fight against trafficking in Florida.

We will have materials provided that will help you connect with your local elected officials. Everyone is invited to join us for the breakfast ($15) and/or the breakout sessions, the march and the rally, which are all free.

Please purchase a ticket for the breakfast and also please RSVP for the breakout sessions if you plan on joining us, to ensure we can accommodate as many people as possible!

For questions about this event please contact RJ Walters at rj.walters@fbchomes.org.

Workshop information and speaker bios:

PAUSE

Breakthrough Session 1 led by The Porch Light

Discover the power of strategic cooperation that is making communities safer and putting traffickers on red alert.

 

AmyLynn Smoot
The Porch Light / Open Doors Outreach Network, Survivor Mentor

AmyLynn is a survivor of child sex trafficking who uses her redemptive experience to mentor other survivors, to consult with ant-trafficking advocates and to spread awareness about trafficking through educational and advocacy efforts. She is a revered speaker and panelist throughout Florida, and she has participated with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and continues to work with the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center.

 

Jodi Bennett

The Porch Light / Open Doors Outreach Network, Regional Advocate

Jodi has a wealth of experience working with trafficking victims, including past work with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and as the supervisor of The Porch Light safe home. She is passionate about seeing children, teens and adults experience the transformative love of Jesus as means to freedom from traumatic pasts. 

 

REFLECT

Breakthrough Session 2 led by One Purse

A reflection on the opportunity to weave the thread of grace, respect and boundaries throughout the continuum of service to survivors.

 

Heather Case

One Purse, Founder and Executive Director

After 15 years working in the finance industry, Heather became a stay-at-home mom turned social entrepreneur. She is passionate about providing timely education and awareness about sex trafficking and she is particularly focused on reducing the recidivism rate among survivors through encouragement, education and mentorship.

At One Purse, Heather helps sex trafficking survivors take hold of a new vision for their lives through the One Purse Restore Her Dream Fund which provides vocational and educational scholarships to survivors and helps them to pursue a new dream for their future.

 

Christa Hicks

The Porch Light, Executive Director

Christa is a trafficking survivor who is especially passionate about helping provide other survivors with individualized, holistic, trauma-informed care. She earned her master’s degree from Liberty University, is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida and the founder and former executive director of Into the Jordan Ministries. In that role she provided residential care to trafficking victims and led advocacy and training efforts in the fight to end human trafficking.   

 

 

TAKE ACTION

Breakthrough Session 3 led by Voices for Florida and the Open Doors Outreach Network

Learn about ways YOUR voice can be heard effectively at the state Capitol to protect and care for victims and survivors.

 

Robyn Metcalf

Voices for Florida and Open Doors, Statewide Director

Robyn oversees the operation of the Open Doors Outreach Network, a coordinated statewide system serving trafficked and exploited victims. Robyn previously worked for The Children’s Campaign as the associate executive director.

In 2016, the College of Social Work at Florida State University recognized Robyn with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, a prestigious award recognizing outstanding graduates within the past 10 years who have demonstrated significant leadership and exceptional contributions to social work. Robyn is a former Guardian ad Litem, Relay for Life of North Leon Leadership Committee Member, Volunteer Training Assistant with 211 Big Bend, and is a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee.

 

Roy Miller

The Children’s Campaign, President and Founder

Roy built a direct service agency for children and families before becoming a political consultant, and managing both candidate and issue campaigns. The Children’s Campaign, which he founded in 1992, builds on the knowledge and experience Roy gained in those roles.

Roy is described by colleagues as the state’s top watchdog for children, an insightful political strategist, determined lobbyist, plain spoken media spokesman and commentator, and, more important, an unapologetic yet neutral critic of ineffective services to children.

His innovations have resulted in new non­partisan approaches to public policy, new service structures for at -risk children, and powerful new advocacy voices. His models and strategic communications techniques have been replicated in other states.

 

 

Sponsors

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and The Porch Light

Voices for Florida and the Open Doors Outreach Network

One Purse

The 2017 Florida Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Day event brought together individuals, agencies, organizations, churches and state legislators to educate the public on the issue of human trafficking in Florida. Together, we were able to shine a light on the great injustices of modern day slavery.
The mission of the Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Day is to build a collaboration of stakeholders who are passionate about abolishing human trafficking and supporting survivors, through advocacy, awareness, legislation restoration. Attendees at this inaugural event were inspired by Christian leaders, elected officials, and courageous survivors. 
2017 Event Schedule
7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. - Prayer Breakfast Registration 
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Prayer Breakfast with Keynote Speaker in the Fellowship Hall
8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. - Event Registration for all Attendees
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Survivor Leader Panel Discussion in the Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Unity March from First Baptist Church to the Capitol
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Press Conference & Rally on the Historic Capitol Steps 
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Visit Legislators: Distribute Anti-Human Trafficking Information to legislative offices (All attendees will be provided with the necessary information to present to their individual legislators)

    Legislative Hosts Included:

    Representative Jennifer Sullivan, District 31
    Representative Frank White, District 2
    Representative Ross Spano, District 59
    Representative Mike Miller, District 47
    Senator Dennis Baxley, District 12

       

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