Centennial Grant Awardee hosts human trafficking event

The Zonta Club of Roseburg Area, Oregon, USA and the Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force are hosting a Stand-Up Awareness and Education event.

The event will provide parents with more information about Trafficking Prevention Curriculum, which is now available to every middle and high school in the county. Thanks to a Zonta International Centennial Grant, the Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force has developed the curriculum featuring a prevention presentation. Douglas County will be the first county in the state to offer prevention training to students between grades 6-12.

Data collected from Sutherlin and Oakland schools, who piloted the program in May, showed that 100% of the students felt the program taught them how to recognize the signs of trafficking, triggers that make people vulnerable, and that anyone can be trafficked, regardless of gender, race or social status.

The program will also feature Myrtle Creek Police Detective Kevin Taggart, who has successfully led multiple trafficking sting operations in the county.

To learn more about Mercy Foundation’s human trafficking prevention efforts, go to: http://www.up2usnow.org/task-force.html.