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Big Ben Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) Events from January - March 2020

JAN-MAR2020-Human Trafficking Awareness Month FINAL

1) Human Trafficking: Building Public Awareness Community Training Program

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

Location: United Church in Tallahassee, 1834 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee

Description: Education is the number-one tool we have for ending human trafficking, but with so much misinformation out there, do you know the facts? This certificate program will focus on the myths vs. the realities of human trafficking and what you can do as member of the media, in your faith or civic group, in your state agency or non-profit, or as an individual, to help build awareness and end human trafficking.


*Free to Public


2) Human Trafficking and the Justice System: Through the Eyes of Survivors

Date: Friday, January 24, 2020, 11:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: FSU College of Law, Room: Rotunda 310, 425 W Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

Description: How can we as attorneys, advocates, judges, law enforcement, and as members of the community ensure that human trafficking survivors are helped by the justice system and not retraumatized? How can we understand the traumas that survivors have faced as we bring traffickers to justice? How can we work to build a response to human trafficking that is survivor-centered and that actively works to restore victims and helps them to rebuild their lives? How can we build strength, empathy and resilience for ourselves and survivors in our courtrooms, classrooms, law offices, law enforcement agencies, clinics, social services organizations, and throughout our world? These questions and more will be the focus of this program.  


*Free to Public; Lunch is provided


3) Human Trafficking Collaborations: Networking Luncheon 

Date: February 19, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Railroad Square Craft House, 644 McDonnell Dr., Railroad Square Art District, Tallahassee

Description: The best and only way to help human trafficking survivors is to work together, and this event is geared to building these vital community connections and collaborations. If you or your organization encounters people who are vulnerable, YOU could be a contact point for a human trafficking survivor. Whether you are with a social services agency, law enforcement, the faith community, the schools, a business, are a student or are from the community-at-large, YOU are important to assisting survivors and bringing traffickers to justice.  This networking lunch is a chance for everyone in the community to meet, spark collaborations, share info, and help trafficking survivors.

Contact: Kristina Bailey, Kristine.Bailey@rescue.org; 850-544-3914


*Free to Attend


4) Human Trafficking Hot Topics: Public Policy and Programs Community Training Program

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

Location: United Church in Tallahassee, 1834 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee

Description: This certificate program will focus on the many public policy issues facing the 2020 Florida Legislature in the area of anti-trafficking public policies and laws, including past legislative efforts and current needs. Experts will explain Florida law, needs and gaps, and the workings of the Legislature.


*Free to Attend


5) Human Trafficking and the Schools Community Training Program

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

Location: TBD

Description: This certificate program and training will address new Florida Department of Education rules regarding human trafficking, including how schools are impacted, and will help to identify actionable next steps for teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and all Floridians. Understanding your role in prevention and eradication of human trafficking is the ultimate goal of this training.


*Free to Attend


6) “Imagining Freedom Culinary Tasting and Marketplace”

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Turnbull Center, 555 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

Description: The “Imagining Freedom Culinary Tasting and Marketplace” is a casual dining event to raise awareness about both labor and sex trafficking in the Big Bend. Food stations, coordinated by Susan Turner and Food Glorious Food, will feature dishes that are slavery-free and not part of food chains that include trafficked labor. Vendors will offer goods that are also trafficking-free, experts will provide insights and answer questions about trafficking, and a brief program will outline concrete ways that guests can help survivors of human trafficking.

Ticket Cost: $75