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We need your help. We work tirelessly to bring in resources, partners, and grant funding to build a sustainable foundation to end human trafficking. 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 appreciate your donation and your support.
 
Thank you. 
 
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CAAHT Rotary Club
1165 SW Oakley Ave. 
Topeka, KS 66604
 
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(Rotary CAAHT treasurer)
 
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COACHING BOYS TO MEN (CBIM)

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 PROGRAM - KARLA SOLOMAN AND AUBRI REED

Join us Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 12:00PM CT for our next club meeting.
 
Program Karla Soloman - Lead Survivor Advocate and Outreach Specialist and Aubri Reed - Advocate and Outreach Specialist Assistant.
 
Karla is a survivor and overcomer. She shares her powerful testimony and works tirelessly to equip individuals, airports, law enforcement, churches, schools and many other organizations to recognize exploitation. Since 2017, Karla has effectively trained and reached hundreds of people throughout the State of Texas and the nation. As a Survivor Advocate, she works closely with other victims and survivors of all ages, to share hope and resources available to assist them in their personal journey to become an overcomer.

Aubri has a passion for unity and raising up community leaders to stand against injustice. Since 2018 she has connected with over 350 agencies and individuals across the state by coordinating educational and collaboration opportunities to learn how to recognize, recover, and restore the vulnerable lives of sexual trauma. As an advocate she assists people to access and understand appropriate resources. Through encouragement and empowerment, she hopes to help others recognize their calling to fulfill their purpose.

Mercy Gate Ministries is a family of professionals, volunteers, and survivors who are passionate and committed to combating the evils of sexual trauma through our residential and nonresidential programs. It is our mission to help individuals break the bonds of captivity, impart power over victimization, and provide relational advocacy to help survivors transition to become healthy contributors of society.  

SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 PROGRAM - EMILY STEIMEL-HANDY

Join us Tuesday, September 7th at 12:00 (CT) email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for a Zoom link. 
 
Emily Steimel-Handy - "Doing the Work to End Human Trafficking" 
 
To prevent human trafficking and end abuse at its source, we must look at exploitation as part of a larger continuum of violence rooted power, control, and the exploitation of vulnerabilities. Participants will learn more about effective prevention efforts grounded in research about risk and protective factors.
 
Emily Steimel-Handy is the Public Education Coordinator at the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment where victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and stalking are served. A Kansas native and graduate of Royal Valley High School, Emily graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Previously, Emily worked at the domestic and sexual violence agency in Emporia as a shelter advocate and as a student assistant on Emporia State University's campus facilitating and developing campus-wide sexual assault prevention and education curriculum. Emily also worked at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex as a Mentoring Coordinator where she worked with juvenile-justice involved youth to transition from incarceration back into their communities. Since being at the YWCA, Emily has provided training and presentations to thousands of professionals and community members on the topics of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, stalking and trauma.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021 - OPEN HOUSE OF CHOSEN, A REDNDED HEART BOUTIQUE

We along with Rended Heart, a nonprofit organization fighting human trafficking are very excited to announce the opening of Chosen, a Rended Heart Boutique and The Ready Training Center this Saturday, August 19 from 10:00AM - 2:00PM to continue their mission to setting individuals free of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
 
Chosen and the Ready Training Center are beneficiaries of Rotary Global Grant from Rotary International for Reintegrating Survivors of Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking. Rended Heart acknowledges the following grant partners: District 5710, Leawood Rotary Club, Lenexa Rotary Club, Emporia Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT), and international partners from E-Club of Greater Cape Town and Rotary Club of Panama Nordeste.
 
The boutique is located behind the building at 1014 Main St Unit B in Grandview, Missouri. #endhumantrafficking #stopsexualexploitation #reintegration #recovery #rotaryglobalgrant
 

AUG. 17, 2021-DR. VIBHAVARI JANI

"Designing Safe Environments for Victims of Sex Trafficking."
Join CAAHT Rotary at 12:00PM (CT) email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for Zoom link
 
Dr. Vibha Jani serves as an Associate Professor within the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. In 2013, Vibha became the first architect in the world to receive the Rotary Peace Fellowship and earned her Professional Certification in Peace and Conflict Resolution from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. After returning from her fellowship training, Vibha has focused on peace building activities within our community and dedicated her research and teaching to create awareness about the issues of peace, heath, and wellbeing. She works with her graduate students to develop building prototypes to assist wounded warriors, victims of violence, abuse, sex trafficking, and redesigning the educational environments for 21stcentury. 
 
Vibhavari is the recipient of the 2019 IIDA and IDEC Foundation Diversity Award and the 2012 IDEC Book Award winner. Vibhavari Jani’s multi-disciplinary education in music, art, architecture, design, languages, and peace studies, embodies the spirit of diversity. 

AUGUST 3, 2021 PROGRAM - ASHLEIGH CHAPMAN 

Ashleigh Chapman is a licensed attorney in the state of Virginia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law, receiving the school's Most Outstanding Graduate award, and Summa Cum Laude with her B.S. from Tennessee Technological University.
Highlights from her career thus far include: helping the Senate of Mexico establish their first comprehensive legislation to combat human trafficking; serving as an advisor to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to create the End Modern Slavery Act; establishing the Freedom Council (an assembly of business leaders and global companies dedicated to this cause); training over 100 cities and 8 nations how to collaborate across sectors and increase impact; consulting with thousands of anti-trafficking efforts; and building innovative solutions and technologies that are accelerating the anti-trafficking movement.

JULY 20, 2021 PROGRAM - MICHAEL PODOLNY

Join us Tuesday, July 20 at 12:00 (CT) Michael Podolny has over 45 years of experience working with the owners of privately held businesses. In 2019, he came to Ghana, West Africa. Significant personal experiences led him to create Theodora Africa, a project devoted to extricating young women from sex trade by training them and providing them with jobs and entrepreneurial opportunity doing virtual assistance work exported to the United States including Mary Fiadese and Justina Ansah. Hear their stories and what they are doing now. Email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for Zoom link. #endhumantrafficking
 
 
 

JULY 6, 2021 - PROGRAM: ROB DECOU

Rob DeCou is highly involved in ultra-endurance sports and uses this passion to raise awareness and build community around important issues. Rob is the Executive Producer and Co-Founder at Lux Virtual, a full service marketing agency that creates Hollywood-grade video, animation, and immersive experiences to simplify and illuminate brilliant ideas.

 In 2019, Rob completed a 31-mile swim from Port Angeles, Washington to Victoria, Canada across the Strait of Juan de Fuca raising over $10,000 through Rotary to fight human trafficking. In October 2020, Rob became the 7th-person to complete Uberman, known as the “World’s Toughest Ultra-Ironman”, raising over $55,000 in the fight against human trafficking. #endhumantrafficking #awareness #education #stophumantrafficking

JUNE 15, 2021 PROGRAM: DR. SHARON SULLIVAN

Join us June 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM (CT) to hear from Dr. Sharon Sullivan - People of Action Changing Youth Culture: Coaching Boys Into Men and Athletes As Leaders This initiative will develop Rotary and Rotary-sponsored Mentors to work with HS Coaches in their community to implement CBIM and AAL during the 2021-2022 school year. The Mentors will also work with students to develop and implement a social change project in their school. These programs increase pro-social behaviors and reduce violence.

JUNE 1, 2021 - PROGRAM: PARKER ROTH

Parker Roth presentation on Labor Trafficking in Supply Chains.
Parker has a Master's degree focused on “Anti-Human Trafficking, Migration, and Organized Crime,” at St. Mary’s University in London, UK. She was also a volunteer researcher with Stop the Traffick, a UK modern slavery NGO. Her project assessed the vulnerabilities in alcohol supply chains. Currently, She provides assistance to two working groups and has presented to HTAB on supply chain exploitation. She is continuing her volunteer research work with Stop the Traffic and hopes to help Midwest businesses conduct modern slavery assessments of their supply chains.

MAY 18, 2021 PROGRAM - EMILY STEIMEL-HANDY AND CHRISTINA CHAVEZ 

Join our next club meeting on 5/18 @Noon CT. Presenters: Emily Steimel-Handy and Christina Chavez. Please contact rotarycaaht@gmail.com for zoom meeting information. 
 
Program: Demand - Buying sex is not a victimless crime. Participants will learn more about the role of demand in human trafficking and how failure to address it will guarantee the survival of trafficking and the creation of future generations of victims.
 
 

MAY 4, 2021 - PROGRAM-LUCY BLOOM

Join us Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:00PM (CT) to hear from Lucy Bloom, Executive Director of Veronica’s Voice. Email rotarycaaht@gmail.com for Zoom link.
Veronica’s Voice provides a residential program with trauma care, lifeskills and career readiness training for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, an education program for sex buyers, and advocacy to challenge and change systems in which women and children are bought and sold. Additionally, Lucy is working at state and federal levels to support the implementation of the Equality Model which decriminalizes victims and prioritizes demand reduction strategies and addresses factors that make communities susceptible to trafficking. Lucy is a member of the National Survivor Network and serves on the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board. 

SUZI HOWE, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR CONGRATULATES ROTARY CLUB OF COMMUNITY ACTION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING (CAAHT)

Very grateful to have Rotary International Director, Suzi Howe congratulate and address Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT) at the Charter Club Celebration on March 3, 2021

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OCTOBER 19, 2021 - VERN HENRICKS - ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERNOR 5710 

Vern Henricks is Rotary District Governor for District 5710. He has spent 40 years in the development profession.  After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Kansas State University in 1978 & 1979, he began coaching and working in athletic development at Fort Hays State University as the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach. He's been an Associate Athletic Director at Humboldt State University in California, was Director of Development for the School of Engineering at University of Pittsburg in Pennsylvania, Executive Director of Development for the College of Engineering at Iowa State University Foundation, was Vice President for Major Gift Programs as Kansas State University, was Senior Vice President of the Hartsook Companies, served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and in 2013 became President and CEO for the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. He continues his consulting efforts, as requested, with non-profits as President of The Henricks Group. He supports community needs through his own Make A Difference Foundation he founded.

STUDENTS STOP TRAFFIC CONTEST DEADLINE DEC. 15, 2021

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.Aug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Kansas City-area Rotary clubs have partnered with local organizations Intouch Group and Lumen Touch to spread awareness about child trafficking. Together, the organizations have launched a contest, "Students Stopping Traffic," which aims to inspire Kansas City-area high school students to create a compelling awareness campaign or idea to combat the trafficking and targeting of peers in their own communities. Ideas could include an advertising campaign, a live event, a social media campaign, or something more.

The contest unites three organizations that share a passion for technology, educating young people, and advocating on behalf of public health issues. "Trafficking is becoming more severe with the help of technology, and as a technology organization focused on students, we want to help bring awareness and support our community in eliminating student trafficking," said Audrey Mathis, Chief Operations Officer at Lumen Touch. 

Three cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place winners — each given to the students' schools — and students who submit the first-place selection will then work with Intouch Group, a healthcare advertising agency, to bring their idea to life. 

The contest is open to students aged 13-18, living in Kansas or Missouri. Entries are due by October 1, 2021, and finalists will be asked to present their ideas to a panel of judges via video conference. More information about the contest – including FAQ's, a scoring rubric, and resources for students – is available on the website at https://studentsstoppingtraffic.com/.

"I hope those interested in participating don't see themselves as being in a 'competition' and don't turn away from sharing their ideas," said LenetCompton, past president of the Rotary Club of Lenexa, KS. "This initiative is interested in every kid's input so submit, submit, submit!"

2020-2021 ROTARY CITATION

Congratulations, Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT)! We received the 2020-2021 Rotary Citation for meeting our Rotary goals. This a very proud moment CAAHT Club, its members and the Rotary community at large. ❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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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