It has been a CRAZY couple of weeks here at ESTN!
Here’s a sampling of updates for some of our survivors from this past month:
The Nashville group had a great meeting this month with volunteers brainstorming enthusiastically and throwing out some great ideas. Best of all, projects and project leaders were selected and locked down for upcoming events like a door hanger event in May led by group member, Lindsey. One volunteer also made a thermometer chart for the group to track their progress towards their $20,000 fundraising goal for the year. And the whole team produced all of this creativity and planning while still having fun…and rumors of an interesting baby kangaroo story have leaked as well.
The screenplay was inspired by the true story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska police office that was recruited as a United Nations peacekeeper for Dyn Corp International. Bolkovac was stationed in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999.
You volunteers have been very active legislative advocates during this year’s session. I know that many have made calls to your representatives and tracked the bills in progress, posted numbers on our Facebook page for fellow volunteers to call or contact, and discussed these bills at your various meetings.
If you are not following us on social media, you might have missed our big office happenings this week:
Our office was pretty busy the past couple of weeks. See what you’ve been a part of…or missed out on:
End Slavery Tennessee has developed some great prevention programs to empower children and teens, through education, to remain safe in a sometimes dangerous world, to be able to recognize a trafficker operating within their peer group, and to help minors to make better decisions.
Our new Survivor Service Coordinators, Yvette and Jennifer, finally met all their clients and are building relationships and doing great work with each survivor. Here is an update of some of the survivors we’re currently serving:
The Franklin volunteer group met shortly after the raids on two massage parlors in Franklin resulting in the rescue of 5 trafficked victims.) This prompted a discussion on how volunteers in the community can serve as eyes and ears to aid local law enforcement in their work of rescuing victims of human trafficking.