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Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT) is dedicated and committed to put an end to human trafficking. We do this through advocacy, legislation, education, prevention and providing resources and support for victims, survivors and their families here and abroad.
 
We ask that you consider donating to Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT). Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT) is dedicated and committed to put an end to human trafficking. We do this through advocacy, legislation, education, prevention and providing resources and support for victims, survivors and their families here and abroad. We work tirelessly to bring in resources, partners, experts and grant funding to build a sustainable foundation to end human trafficking.
 
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5840 SW Huntoon Street
Topeka, KS 66604
 
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MAY 3, 2022 PROGRAM-ANGELA BOLES

Angie is Founder and Ex. Director of Project 2 Restore
 
Angie, a Topeka native, graduated Arizona State University BA Marketing , 20 + years in direct sales, Mom to 2 daughters and partner in several local Topeka businesses with her husband Brent.  From 2017-2020 she was a volunteer at the Open Door Project - a local organization assisting in Crisis Interventions.  In 2020, after realizing that there were little options in Kansas for women who want to exit or escape the life, Angie stepped out in faith to open a restoration home.  Angie & other members of board and leadership at Project 2 Restore attended a 175 hour mentorship and training program for long term shelters at The Samaritan Women’s Institute of Sheltered Care

APRIL 19, 2022 PROGRAM-DEB KLUTZ

Please join CAAHT Rotary meeting program on Thursday, April 19, 2022 to hear from Deb Klutz. Email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for Zoom link. 
 
Deb Kluttz is founder and Executive Director of The Homestead in both Manhattan and Salina Kansas.  The Homestead is a faith-based transitional home for women, 18 and older who have exited the sex industry and are ready for a new career path.  The Homestead has been operating since July 2012 in Manhattan, KS. and has impacted 65 women thus far.  A 2nd location, a Homestead Chapter, has also been opened in Salina, KS. as of April 2021, which doubles Homestead’s capacity.  

Deb has served on the leadership team at Westview Community Church since 1996 and she was ordained in the Wesleyan Church in 2004.  She birthed the Homestead while in the role of Executive Pastor at WCC, however she shifted to full time status with Homestead when the ministry became a separate non-profit in 2016.  Deb remains as one of the Associate Pastors at WCC.  

APRIL 5, 2022-JENNIFER WHITE 

Please CAAHT Rotary on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 12:00 (CT) to hear from Jennifer White. Email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for a Zoom link.
 
Jennifer White is the Founder and Executive Director of ICT SOS. The organization has been the recipient of local, state, and national recognition including the Volunteer Leadership Group Award from the National Children's Alliance and the Director's Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Jennifer also serves on the Human Trafficking Advisory Board for the Kansas Attorney General's Office as well as the Human Trafficking Working Group for the US Attorney's Office. Jennifer is a lifelong Wichitan, mom to two amazing kids, and a huge fan of tacos and Mister Rogers.

 

MARCH 15, 2022 PROGRAM-LOUIE GREEK

Join CAAHT Rotary meeting on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 12:00 (CT) to hear from Louie Greek. Email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for Zoom link.
 
Louie Greek is a Training Specialist with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobile members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. He speaks around the county about TAT’s mission and how the trucking and busing industries are combating human trafficking. Although he is new to TAT, he comes with years of experience in combating human trafficking and a passion to connect with professionals in the trucking and busing industry. Mr. Greek has been involved in the fight against human trafficking since 2013 and has assisted law enforcement with multiple human trafficking investigations around the globe.

MARCH 1, 2022 PROGRAM : BOB RODGERS

Please join CAAHT Rotary meeting Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 12:00 P.M. (CT). 
Program: Bob Rodger, President/CEO of Street Grace. Email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for Zoom link. 
 
Bob Rodgers serves as Street Grace President and CEO, bringing more than 30 years of corporate and nonprofit leadership and team development experience to this role. Under Rodgers' leadership, Street Grace has experienced remarkable growth and has a significant  national presence, including offices in Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, and California. 
 
Street Grace is a faith-based organization that utilizes evidence-based demand reduction strategies to eradicate the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) through prevention, protection, policy, and pursuit. CSEC is sexual activity with a child in exchange for something of value given to the child or a third person.
 

FEBRUARY 15, 2022 PROGRAM-DAVE RANNEY

Join us Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 12:00 (CT) for next club meeting. Email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for a Zoom link to the program. 
 
Dave Ranney will be discussing the Sarah Gonzales Case in Wichita. Dave is a retired newspaper reporter whose tenure included stays with Harris News Service, The Wichita Eagle, the Lawrence Journal-World, and the Kansas Health Institute's news service. He tended to cover state and local governments and social services. He was a frequent guest on the public television news program Kansas Week. Before COVID, he was a 14-year volunteer at the women's prison in Topeka. He lives in Lawrence. 
 

FEBRUARY 1, 2022 PROGRAM: JENNIFER MONTGOMERY

Join us Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 12:00 (CT). Email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for Zoom link. 
 
Jennifer Montgomery has served as the Director of Human Trafficking Education and Outreach in the Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt since 2013 and is currently Chair of the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board. She is a humanitarian, author, visual artist and global human rights advocate. Jennifer is a fourth generation Kansan and former legislative staff for the Kansas Congressional delegation in Washington D.C. She was recently chosen from a pool of global candidates as a Rotary International Peace Fellow at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Jennifer is deeply committed to helping others transform conflict into avenues for peace and reconciliation in communities in Kansas and across the globe.

NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE 

CALL: 1-888-373-7888 📲
TEXT: 233733

MAY 17, 2022 PROGRAM-TERRY MARKHAM

Please join CAAHT Rotary meeting Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 12:00 P.M. (CT) to hear from Terry Markham. Email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for Zoom link. 
 
Terri Markham is the co-founder and executive director of Uprising. She has been working in the anti-human trafficking movement for the past 9 years. Her passion is working in the awareness and prevention education field of the movement. She is a certified Love146 #NotANumber facilitator and a certified Unbound Keeping Students Safe facilitator. She has presented to and trained over 2,000 individuals from community members to professionals and spearheaded immersive training of multidisciplinary teams in Wyoming and the Greater Rockies region. She is a mom to 3 daughters, another motivating factor for her work.
 

AG Derek Schmidt announces partnership with Rotary to combat human trafficking

TOPEKA – (January 11, 2022) – The Kansas Office of the Attorney General will partner with Kansas Rotary International districts to increase awareness of and compliance with the new state law enacted last year that requires certain establishments to post information about how to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. 

During the 2021 legislative session, a new law was passed requiring posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline in certain businesses and public places where the information can be readily available to victims who are being trafficked. The hotline number is 1-888-373-7888. Posting of the hotline number helps connect victims to services and encourages the public to report potential trafficking so an appropriate response can occur. The new law is a result of recommendations made by the attorney general’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board (HTAB), which includes members of law enforcement, prosecutors, court personnel, advocates, state agency representatives and survivors of human trafficking who have expertise in this field. 

“Since our state’s first anti-human trafficking law was enacted in 2005, Kansas has worked with strong bipartisan support – and with broad support from Kansas communities – to make great strides in combating this crime against human dignity,” Schmidt said. “I commend the Legislature in its efforts to increase awareness of trafficking in Kansas, and I am grateful to our Rotary partners for assisting in this effort to increase awareness.”

The new partnership with Rotary will multiply outreach efforts by equipping Rotarians with talking points and posters to distribute across Kansas. Posters also are available on the attorney general’s website in six languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Korean. 

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which is January 11 each year. Kansas also recognizes January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. 

Since 2013, the HTAB has been tasked with coordinating public awareness and education initiatives, victim identification and support, and development of a statewide collaborative effort across disciplines and jurisdictions to combat human trafficking in Kansas.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking is one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal industries in the world. It involves recruiting, harboring and transporting people for the purpose of exploitation. Both sex trafficking and labor trafficking occur in Kansas and both adults and children are victims.

Combating human trafficking in Kansas has been a priority for Attorney General Schmidt. Since he took office in 2011, the state has improved its legal framework and Kansas anti-trafficking laws reached the top tier of states, as reflected in a national scorecard called the “Protected Innocence Challenge.” Last year, a new and separate challenge for states was issued by the keeper of the scorecard to begin focusing on more-difficult issues such as the criminal justice system’s handling of sex-trafficking victims who themselves commit crimes that victimize others. Schmidt said he anticipates the HTAB and the Legislature to continue discussions on further strengthening the state’s response to human trafficking proposals in 2022 and into the future.

To request additional information about human trafficking, access posters, which businesses are required to display informational posters, or to learn more about potential signs of human trafficking, go to https://ag.ks.gov/human-trafficking or contact the attorney general’s victim services toll-free hotline at (800) 828-9745 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

EVENT AT THE READY TRAINING CENTER, A PRODUCT OF REINTEGRATION GLOBAL GRANT

The Ready Training Center and Chosen, A Rended Heart Boutique are products from the Reintegration of Survivors of Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking Global Grant in partnership with Rended Heart.
 
Denise Lester, executive director of Rended Heart and Kathrine Bice, intern and event organizer at Rended Heart held their first event at The Ready Training Center. The group in attendance had brunch, learned about human trafficking and shopped at the boutique. All proceeds from sales go back to supporting survivors.
 
If you are interested in learning more and what to have an event at the The Ready Training feel free to contact Kathrine Bice at kathrinebice@rendedheart.org or CAAHT Rotary at rotarycaaht@gmail.com. We invite Rotary clubs and other organizations to have an on-site meeting there and see the impact of global grants and the impact they make.
 
If we all do our part we can big difference in reintegrating survivors back into the community and the workforce.
 
Here is a short video of a group event at The Ready Training Center.

WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

CAAHT ROTARY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS ORGANIZE VACCINE CLINICS

Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT) in partnership with Jayhawk Pharmacy, YWCA CSE Day Center, and Topeka Rotary South organized two COVID vaccine clinics in July where several individuals received vaccines that otherwise would not have. A huge thank you to Kansas Beats the Virus grant from Kansas Leadership Center for making this possible. Our focus population were individuals or survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual violence, and other challenging situations. Priorities for this project are: confidentiality, security, privacy, safety, trust, communication, and the health of the survivors. We are proud to be part of the solution. #peopleofaction #rotarians #servetochangelives #ywca #jayhawkpharmacy #getthevaccine #getvaccinated #solution
 

ROTARY VOICES - ROTARY CAAHT IN THE NEWS

Human trafficking is a real issue and it is closer to you than you probably think. In the summer of 2019, Patti Mellard called a meeting of Rotary members from several clubs to meet in Topeka to discuss the social injustice of human trafficking and what we could do about it. Two years later, Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT) was created and officially chartered on 27 January 2021 as the first cause-based E-club in Kansas and one of the first in the world focused on eradicating human trafficking.
 

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