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PATH Coalition of Kentucky

WE ARE PEOPLE AGAINST TRAFFICKING HUMANS COALITION OF KENTUCKY!

People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of Kentucky is a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization actively working to combat human trafficking occurring in Kentucky and across the world. PATH’s mission involves two goals:

(1) To provide education to the community with the intent to increase awareness related to the occurrence of human trafficking; and

(2) To provide support services and safe and secure housing options to survivors of human trafficking. Since its inception in October 2015, PATH has established a Board of Directors and employs one staff person responsible for assisting with the development of programming for the organization. Education sessions, a public prayer and vigil service during Derby Week in Louisville, Kentucky, and strategic planning activities supporting our goal to open a residential SAFE house for survivors of human trafficking in the 18-25 age group have been the primary focuses for PATH during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Awareness

Education and Awareness

Led by a Board of Directors, PATH works with academic, community, and faith-based organizations in an effort to raise awareness and meet the needs of the survivor. PATH offers education sessions on Human Trafficking 101, Digital Safety for Youth and Young Adults, and other topics related to understanding the impacts of human trafficking in modern day society. We can also create specific education focuses that fit the needs of your organization.

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We have transitioned to a legal entity and now plan to move forward with a strategic planning process in the next year under the guidance of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. In May 2018, our 6th Annual Prayer Vigil was held in Downtown Louisville, KY. PATH has also produced numerous public education and media presentations, a public billboard opposing human trafficking, presentations at multiple local and national conferences, traveled to 6 safe houses serving trafficked victims, developed 2 education modules for the community, hired a part-time program coordinator, and created marketing materials -- including this website.

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Service Needs for Victims of Human Trafficking

The necessary social service needs of trafficked youth and young adults are complex and multifaceted. Researchers and advocates agree that the design and implementation of these services should give attention to making sure they are victim-centered, evidenced based, gender responsive, culturally relevant, comprehensive, and trauma-informed. A successful response to meet the needs of human trafficking victims requires community collaboration (NSVRC, 2012). These services should include:

Services
Housing

Trafficking survivors are in need of long-term and short- term housing, emergency shelter, transitional housing support programs, and independent living skills.

Services
Basic Needs

Access to health and dental care, mental health counseling, psychiatric care, interpretation, language services, employment and job training.

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Advocacy Services

Legal advocacy and expungement services, parenting support and child care, social support, community support, education options, and financial aid.

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Support & Treatment

Mental health counseling, case management, psychiatric care, substance abuse treatment, advocacy services, community support, and social support.

Human Trafficking Among Youth and Young Adults

A Global Issue

Nov 2017 | Louisville, KY

A Global Issue

Human trafficking, also referred to as modern day slavery, is the illegal trade in humans for the purpose of exploitation and profit. The torment and anguish felt by victims of this crime causes physical, emotional, and mental degradation to the victims’ livelihoods in exchange for the social, economic, political, and/or sexual benefits of others (Godoy et al., 2015). Current estimates inform us that approximately 40.3 million children, women, and men are victims of human trafficking across the world annually (International Labor Office & Walk Free Foundation, 2017).

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Scope of the Problem In the United States

Dec 2017 | Louisville, KY

Scope of the Problem In the United States

In the U.S., human trafficking is the exploitation of another individual for labor and/or commercial sex though the use of fraud, force, or coercion and it happens in all regions of the U.S. including rural, urban and suburban settings; taking place in a wide range of both licit and illicit industries (U.S. Department of State, 2015). Trafficking victims can be foreign nationals and they can also be native U.S. minor or adult citizens trafficked within U.S. borders. A 2014 study by the Urban Institute, aimed at ascertaining the scope of sex trafficking in eight major U.S. cities estimated

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Scope of the Problem in Kentucky

Jan 2018 | Louisville, KY

Scope of the Problem in Kentucky

Reliable data to evaluate the extent of sex and labor trafficking of adults and minors in Kentucky are limited. The limited data available suggest that a large majority of identified victims of sex trafficking in Kentucky are young people. The Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services released their fourth report on child victims of human trafficking on November 1st, 2016 in accordance to Kentucky statue requirements.

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Risk Factors for Youth and Young Adults

Feb 2018 | Louisville, KY

Risk Factors for Youth and Young Adults

Commonalities in published research findings reveal that risk factors that increase a youth’s chances of becoming a victim of sex or labor trafficking include: experiencing homelessness, runaway or throwaway status, involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, limited education, history of previous sexual, psychological, or physical abuse, lack of income and/or paid work opportunities, substance abuse, history of substance abuse and domestic violence in their family of origin, and mental health challenges or learning disabilities.

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Service Needs for Victims of Human Trafficking

Mar 2018 | Louisville, KY

Service Needs for Victims of Human Trafficking

The treatment needs for trafficked youth and young adults is extensive. When a victim manages to escape their trafficker and exit their trafficking situation, researchers agree they will require a wide range of social services and support. A comprehensive array of services, including shelter and safe housing are essential. The three most critical barriers/challenges to providing services to trafficking victims are a lack of adequate resources, problems identifying trafficking victims, and a lack of adequate training specific to the needs…

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Where to Report Human Trafficking

Apr 2018 | Louisville, KY

Where to Report Human Trafficking

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States.

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Collaboration

Help us take action to support survivors.

As a coalition, PATH is dedicated to forming relationships and collaborations with other organizations and groups working to reduce the number of individuals who are trapped in human trafficking. Collaborations formed with academic institutions, faith based organizations, and a variety of grassroots organizations in Louisville led by survivors of human trafficking have strengthened PATH’s passion and resolve in taking action to support survivors.

PATH BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Click on a member to read more about how we all come together to support PATH.

Theresa C. Hayden

Theresa C. Hayden

Presiding Chair

Rita Ann Wigginton

Rita Ann Wigginton

Vice Chair

Michelle Kersting

Michelle Kersting

Treasurer

Julie Driscoll, SCN

Julie Driscoll, SCN

Secretary

Jo Ann Paulin

Jo Ann Paulin

Member

Amy Nace-DeGonda

Amy Nace-DeGonda

Member

Joetta Venneman

Joetta Venneman

Member

Charlene Moser, OP

Charlene Moser, OP

Member

Anita Roper

Anita Roper

Member

Chris Owens

Chris Owens

Member

Carrie Bohnert

Carrie Bohnert

Member

Jennifer Bobo

Jennifer Bobo

Member

Josh Bowling

Josh Bowling

Member

Senlin Ward

Senlin Ward

Member

Maggie Stone

Maggie Stone

Member

Jaime Thompson

Jaime Thompson

Staff

Supporters of PATH:
Friends, Donors, & Funders

Many thanks to our donors, sponsors, contributors, and volunteers; without which none of this important work would be possible. Consider making a monetary donation or volunteer to support our mission. Take action and join us.

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JOIN PATH IN OUR MISSION

You can make a difference. Spread knowledge in your community. Support survivors. We can help. Join us in our efforts to combat modern day slavery in Kentucky.

If you suspect someone is being trafficked, please call the Human Trafficking Hotline at

1-888-373-7888

History of PATH

On April 30, 2013, many of the members in the current group gathered at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, KY for a prayer service for victims of human trafficking.

In January 2014, a survivor of human trafficking shared an op-ed in the Courier Journal entitled, “Kentucky can do more to help trafficking victims recover.” Some members of the current group met the survivor on March 21, 2014, in Bardstown, Kentucky, where Holly Austin Smith shared her story of being forced into a sex trafficking ring at 14. On April 29, 2014, some of the current members gathered again for a prayer service for victims of human trafficking at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, KY.

It was after this second prayer service for victims of human trafficking in May 2014, when some of the members in the current group suggested those interested might gather for more of a long-term project around the issue of human trafficking…

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Send us a non-emergency message.

Messages are received by email and can be responded to by phone or email, whichever you provide. This is a non-emergency message submission. If you are in an emergency situation and need help call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888 OR send Text message to “BeFree” (233733)

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