JANUARY: NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH

Georgia In Top-10 for Calls to National Human Trafficking Hotline

Atlanta Dream Center on the Frontlines of Rescue and Prevention

Our Teams are on the frontlines providing a way off the streets and into a new life. Equally important is our prevention work with young people in Atlanta’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. Our goal is to provide a clear way to avoid, escape and heal from human trafficking throughout Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and beyond.

Jeff Shaw, Exec. Dir. Atlanta Dream Center

The Problem:

  • Atlanta is one of the cities with the highest incidences of child sex trafficking according to The Urban Institute (Dank et al., 2014). Convention centers, entertainment, major sporting events, trucking and the world’s busiest passenger airport create an environment conducive for commercial sexual exploitation in Metro Atlanta.

  • The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 12 years old (Office of Inspector General Report, 2009)

  • Approximately 7,200 men in Georgia pay for sex with underage girls each month (The Shapiro Group). Atlanta also ranks 5th in the nation for number of strip clubs per capita (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2015).

  • Georgia had the 6th highest number of calls for assistance to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2019. While victims of commercial sexual exploitation often attempt to access services, only 1 in 100 are able to do so (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2012).

  • Since 2009, Georgia Cares has received over 2,700 referrals of youth suspected to be victims of sexual exploitation or trafficking in GA.  (Georgia Cares)

  • 2019: the national human trafficking hotline had 11,500 cases of human trafficking reported in the US involving over 22,000 victims and survivors (Polaris, 2019)

Anti-Sex Trafficking Stats for Atlanta Dream Center Activity, January 2019 – December 2020, Atlanta Location

Rescues Out of Sex Trade

209

24/7 Rescue Hotline Calls Received

4,208

Contacts with Atlanta-area Potential Victims

8,010

 

How is Atlanta Dream Center Helping?

Over the last decade, Atlanta Dream Center has conducted more than 1,500 rescues out of sex trafficking via:

  • Engaging individuals through street, strip club and brothel outreaches.

  • Mentoring victims of commercial sexual exploitation in 6 county jails.

  • Operating a 24/7 Rescue Hotline.

    • Atlanta Dream Center’s 24/7 Rescue hotline for adult trafficking victims in Georgia averages 200 calls/month

  • Rescuing individuals out of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation

  • Operating an Emergency Safe Home

  • Replication in Other Cities

  • Paying for transportation and intake fees for anyone in sex trafficking/sexual exploitation entering a long-term program.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ANTI-SEX TRAFFICKING DEPARTMENT, CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS

  • January 20, 2021: Out of Darkness will be offering a 4-part virtual training for any concerned individual wanting to know more about the issue of Sex Trafficking and how to help. 12-1:30pm. Register here.

  • Weekly street outreach on Saturdays at 7pm. Those interested in volunteering, register here.

  • Fall 2021: Grand opening of new headquarters, located in East Atlanta. New facility will enable expanded services, including state of the art national training center.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

  • PERSONAL STORY: August 2020 message from a woman rescued 2 years ago overviewing the restoration that has occurred in her life since being rescued. Facebook message from woman can be used, no photos or interview.

  • VIDEO: Meet-up with Atlanta Dream Center outreach team at the rescue center to film outreach preparation and team briefing.

  • INTERVIEW: Atlanta Dream Center Executive Director Jeff Shaw

  • VISUALS: B-roll and photos available here.

  • LEARN MORE: about Atlanta Dream Center’s efforts to help those trapped in sex trafficking/sexual exploitation here.

  • NEWS COVERAGE/PRESS RELEASES: can be viewed here.

  • GRAND OPENING OF NEW HEADQUARTERS: Fall 2021

ABOUT ATLANTA DREAM CENTER:

Atlanta Dream Center is a faith-based non-profit serving on Atlanta’s frontlines to rescue people out of sex trafficking and homelessness, while working to prevent vulnerable children from falling victim. Since 2012, Atlanta Dream Center has assisted more than 1,400 victims out of sex trafficking and transitioned over 1,000 men, women, and children out of homelessness. So far in 2020, Atlanta Dream Center has rescued 120 individuals out of sex trafficking and 190 individuals out of homelessness. More than 600 Metro Atlanta youth have participated in prevention programming since 2018. Atlanta Dream Center holds a Platinum Level ranking from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. To learn more visit atldreamcenter.com.

CONTACT: To schedule interview, visuals, or more information

Lydia McGeorge

Lydia@atldreamcenter.com

atldreamcenter.com

(470) 419-4423

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