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Sunday, October 31, 2010

BFA Founder in the News & Upcoming Awareness Events

"Julie Shematz, who has overcome a human trafficking situation and who is the CEO and founder of Beauty from Ashes, said human trafficking is taking place within the United States through "domestic" trafficking.

"They are our natural-born citizens... they are our people," she said.

Shematz said she began her organization in 2005 because she wanted to help facilitate the resources needed to help girls and women get out of their situations. Often times, when victims are found, no one knows what to do with them, or how to provide them with the correct long term care."  READ MORE

Thursday, November 4th, 5:30 - 6:30pm, Fort Myers, FL:  Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Reed Hall, Room 249 - Human Trafficking 101 & Hearing From the Victims  will be presented by Julie Shematz to students and faculty.  The event is open to the public and sponsored by the Student Abolitionist Movement and Honors Society.  
Sunday, November 14th, 5:00-6:30pm, North Fort Myers, FL: Wesleyan Diplomat Church - Human Trafficking 101, Hearing From the Victims & Addressing Demand will be presented by Julie Shematz.  Event is sponsored by Women's Ministries.  

One of BFA's  goals is to equip others to reach, rescue and restore victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and trafficking with the message there is help and a way out. Since 2005, BFA has been providing 'victim/survivor-centered' training and human trafficking awareness presentations locally and across the United States.  

Current presentations that we offer:
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking:  Identifying & Responding to America's Trafficked Youth

Mrs. Shematz  has over fifteen years experience working with victims and survivors of commercialized sexual exploitation and trafficking.  Currently a graduate student in Mental Health Counseling at Florida Gulf Coast University, she is a member of Golden Key International Honor Society and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society International.   For more information and to schedule an event, CLICK HERE 

“Survivor leadership is critical to establishing appropriate protections and restoration for victims of sex trafficking, as they have shared histories and, as a result can often establish trust more quickly . . . Several successful programs and organizations are led by survivors  currently and these should be supported further to be more effective.  Survivors must be leaders in the development of services, shelter, and response protocols to sex trafficking.”
(National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, 2009) 

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