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PATH People Against Trafficking Humans Coalition of Kentucky

Mission: To foster awareness of the realities of human trafficking and cultivate collaborative efforts with agencies and individuals who provide healing and hope to those affected by human trafficking.

Vision: A community united in its resolve to end human trafficking.

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 five goals:

(1) Develop a strong and diverse board of directors, organizing a leadership development process that sustains PATH’s capacity to govern and lead its mission.
(2) Cultivate the engagement and support required to grow fund development and organizational capacity.
(3) Advance PATH’s mission to build awareness and collaboration through regularly planned communication and marketing messages.
(4) Foster collaboration among service providers and offer professional development opportunities with and for them.
(5) Educate, in collaboration with other providers, for the prevention and support of human trafficking victims.

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WE ARE PEOPLE AGAINST TRAFFICKING HUMANS

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Human Trafficking

“Effective criminal justice systems know how to stop traffickers … Ineffective justice systems must be transformed
through proven strategies so that they can join the fight.”

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Human trafficking is the forced exploitation of someone for labor or sex and is a serious problem in Kentucky. Human trafficking oppresses adults and children of all races, genders, ages, occupations, and backgrounds. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received 2,829 contacts related to Kentucky. In 2019 alone, Kentucky received 171 reports of human trafficking involving 215 suspected victims.

Every Kentuckian can help end human trafficking in the Commonwealth by watching for and reporting suspected human trafficking.

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Some might wonder, “How can someone make this statement? After all, aren’t there many interconnected causes of human trafficking?” People might argue that poverty, lack of education, immigration policy, environmental conditions, fractured families, and a lack of good job opportunities are the real causes of human trafficking.

To be clear, stopping the trafficker does not resolve
all the conditions that render individuals vulnerable. Any serious
effort to combat human trafficking must include
striking at its root cause: the traffickers.

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Call for a UN World Day on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation What is Sex Trafficking?

Call for a UN World Day on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Trafficking in persons is the illegal commerce in human beings. It can be helpful to think of trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, as the process through which a person loses his or her freedom and is reduced to the status of someone else’s “property.” People who live through the trafficking process ultimately experience slavery because they become people over whom others assume the powers and “rights” of ownership.

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Global analysis: Internationally 50% of detected human trafficking victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation in 2018. Data compiled from 148 countries reported that there were 49,032 human trafficking victims detected in 2018.


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Human Trafficking Collaboration Needs

A Global Issue

| Louisville, KY

A Global Issue

There is no single profile of a trafficking victim or survivor. Regardless of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, education level, or citizenship status, anyone can be a victim of human trafficking.
The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Office for Victims of Crime manages the largest amount of funding across the federal government dedicated to providing services to victims of human trafficking.

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Scope of the Problem In the United States

| Louisville, KY

Scope of the Problem In the United States

Human trafficking is a global blight, with approximately 25 million people subjected to forced labor or forced sexual exploitation globally in 2016. Most trafficking avoids detection altogether, with one study finding that fewer than half of all suspected traffickers in the United States had been arrested.

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Scope of the Problem in Kentucky

| Louisville, KY

Scope of the Problem in Kentucky

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Risk Factors for Youth and Young Adults

| 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

| 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.

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Where to Report Human Trafficking

| 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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BOARD OF DIRECTORS, STAFF, and STUDENT INTERNS

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Regina V Carrico

Regina V Carrico

President / Chair

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Open

Vice President

Sr Charlene Moser, OP

Sr Charlene Moser, OP

Treasurer

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Open

Secretary

Theresa C. Hayden, PhD, MSSW

Theresa C. Hayden, PhD, MSSW

Immediate Past Board Chair

Kaye Castlen

Kaye Castlen

Member

Kristie Adams

Kristie Adams

Member

Mariela Ramirez

Mariela Ramirez

Member

Roxana Holland

Roxana Holland

Member

Jamieca Jones

Jamieca Jones

Member

Sr Jacqueline Aceto, SCN

Sr Jacqueline Aceto, SCN

Member

Patricia Bautista-Cervera

Patricia Bautista-Cervera

Member

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Your Photo Belongs Here

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Sr Julie Driscoll, SCN

Sr Julie Driscoll, SCN

Contributor

Kim Becker

Kim Becker

Emerald Planning

Kayla R. Thomas

Kayla R. Thomas

Community Presenter

Ramie Martin-Galijatovic, MSSW, CSW

Ramie Martin-Galijatovic, MSSW, CSW

Education Coordinator

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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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WHO WE ARE

Vision: A community united in its resolve to end human trafficking.

Mission: To foster awareness of the realities of human trafficking and cultivate collaborative efforts with agencies and individuals who provide healing and hope to those affected by human trafficking.

Core Values: Justice, Leadership, Collaboration

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, a few Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) began public prayer service gathered at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, KY for a prayer service for victims of human trafficking because of the SCN Corporate Stance against 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 age of 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.

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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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