Expanded Services in Flagler and Volusia Counties to begin in November

Children’s Home Society of Greater Northeast Florida (CHS) has been selected to provide Open Door Outreach Network services in Flagler and Volusia counties as part of the new North Coastal region.

Robyn Metcalf, Open Doors Statewide Director, stated, “With a strong history of providing innovative services addressing urgent needs, CHS is a natural fit.”

Working upstream to re-shape the future ability to prevent and meet critical needs is an important objective of Children’s Home Society according to Kymberly Cook, CHS regional executive director. “Being part of the Open Doors Outreach Network allows our team to work with fellow providers to act on behalf of victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking,” said Cook.

Services in the North Coastal region will begin in November. Once services launch in this region, services will be available to victims and survivors through Open Doors in 19 counties throughout the state. It is projected that Open Doors will serve 650 children and young adults through September 30, 2018.

New Partnership Manifests Hope for Victims and Survivors

Northeast Florida citizens are being educated about human trafficking by non-profits associated with Open Doors with the help of Manifest Distilling.

Through the end of the year, in partnership with Voices for Florida, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and The Children’s Campaign, a series of Jacksonville Jaguars tailgate parties called “Manifest Hope: Cocktails for a Cause” will be held from 11 a.m. until kickoff before all home games (November 5th, 12th, and December 3rd, 10th, 17th) at Manifest Distilling (960 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32202). Proceeds and donations will provide help and hope for victims and survivors.

A recent Manifest Hope event raised several thousand dollars.

“Everyone can do something to ensure victims of sex trafficking are victims no longer,” said Robyn Metcalf, Open Doors Statewide Director. “This is an extraordinary display of support that is truly making a difference in the community.”

If your business or organization would like to partner with the Voices for Florida Open Doors Outreach Network to enhance public awareness or raise funds to support services to sexually exploited and trafficked victims, contact Robyn Metcalf via email or 850-425-2621.

Spreading Awareness Nationally

From left to right: Alyssa Beck, Jaime Rosseland, Robyn Metcalf and Micheala Denny

Robyn Metcalf, Open Doors Statewide Director, and Education and Training Director Micheala Denny represented the Open Doors Outreach Network at the recent Shared Hope International JuST 2017 Conference, widely considered the nation’s leading conference on juvenile sex trafficking.

The sold out conference with 850 participants provided numerous opportunities to learn about successes and challenges in serving sexual exploited and trafficked victims in other states. Open Doors tabled throughout the event, which fostered collaboration and sharing of the Open Door model.

According to Denny, “The setting allowed an emphasis on the need for care, coordination and collective impact along with educating others on the unique features of a public-public partnership.”

In addition, Open Doors Survivor-Mentor from the Northeast Florida Region Jaime Rosseland; Kristin Keen, founder and president of Rethreaded; and Alyssa Beck, survivor leader and advocacy specialist with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, presented Empowerment through Employment, spotlighting the dignity-building work of Rethreaded, a social entrepreneurship that has impacted the lives of 24 survivors in Jacksonville through direct employment and helps sustain the freedom of over 2,200 women internationally.

Open Doors in the News

In case you missed it:

First Coast News TV: Duval County Ranks No. 5 for Sex Trafficking Cases in Florida

First Coast News TV: Florida State Attorneys Aiming to Target Child Sex Trade Epidemic with new Human Rights Division

WTSP-TV: Five Human Trafficking Victims Identified in Prostitution Sting

News 96.5 WBDO: Orange County – Second Highest Cases of Child Sex Trafficking

ABC 27 – TV: It Takes Everyone to Fight Trafficking

Research Highlight

From Victim to Healer: How Surviving Sex Trafficking Informs Therapeutic Practice

This account by Emily Waters, a sex trafficking survivor turned clinician, demonstrates how she has applied her experiences to become a successful healer for victims. Waters cites her advanced understanding of trauma, interpersonal relationships and personal empowerment after trafficking as assets she is able to use to help those who have been exploited. Through Waters’ background and dedication to helping others, it is evident why the role of the clinician is crucial to healing sex trafficking victims. Read Report

Important Dates

  • November 5, November 19, December 3, December 10, December 17, 11 a.m. – kickoff
    Manifest Hope: Cocktails for a Cause, Manifest Distilling, 960 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL
  • January 11, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Traffick Stop 2018 Event, Donald Tucker Civic Center,
    505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL

If you believe you are a victim of or suspect human trafficking, please call:
Florida DCF Abuse Hotline: 1 (800) 962-2873 or National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888

 

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