There’s a Place for You on the “A” Team

There’s a Place for You on the “A” Team

ICM is in a time of active growth. The “A” Team is a new group of Action Volunteers who are adding energy and leadership as we make the leap into an expanding and impactful future.

The first fifteen “A” Teamers attended a “Getting Ready for Action” orientation Saturday, September 7 at the ICM office. Because of the "A" Team, ICM will make a measurable difference for Georgia's children…

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Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice

Send a letter to First Lady, Marty Kemp.

In the 2016 elections, 82% of Georgians voted “YES,” on a constitutional amendment that creates the Safe Harbor Fund for Sexually Exploited Children.

As of July 2019, almost three years later, the Safe Harbor Fund has not been established. Money is not flowing to rehabilitative and social services for children who have been brought and sold for sexual exploitation.

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“The Truth in Trafficking” Billboard Campaign

All photos below were created by Emilie Steele: view her work.

 
PHOTO CREDIT:  EMILIE STEELE  VIA LEGEND

PHOTO CREDIT: EMILIE STEELE VIA LEGEND

 

Call him what he is: A Predator

Join in to Shut off Demand

ICM and its multi-faith partners are spreading the word about a provocative billboard campaign just launched by the International Human Trafficking Institute.

“The goal of ‘Truth in Trafficking’ is to eradicate the demand for selling and buying children for sexual and labor exploitation,” says Deborah Richardson, Executive Director of IHTI.

We say it’s time to Call them what they are:  Predators.  Society has called them “buyers” or “johns.”  But those who pay money to rape children are doing irreparable physical and mental harm to these children.  They are Predators.

It’s time to shift public will so that the predator is arrested and convicted to the fullest extent of the law.  If predators know that their acts have consequences, they will stop.  If there are no customers, there is no exploitation.  

Let's talk to our spouses, co-workers, and friends about this issue. There are Predators who work with us, who go to our places of worship, who are even in our own homes. They are raping our children.

If we let our elected officials know that this is a priority for our community, they will give law enforcement the support to identify and arrest Predators.


PHOTO CREDIT:  EMILIE STEELE  VIA LEGEND

PHOTO CREDIT: EMILIE STEELE VIA LEGEND

PHOTO CREDIT:  EMILIE STEELE  VIA LEGEND

PHOTO CREDIT: EMILIE STEELE VIA LEGEND

PHOTO CREDIT:  EMILIE STEELE  VIA LEGEND

PHOTO CREDIT: EMILIE STEELE VIA LEGEND

More details about the campaign

The digital billboard ads will be on display in 23 locations across Metro Atlanta from Cumming down to South Fulton, West Cobb to Gwinnett, crossing Major Interstates 1-85, 1-285 and 1-20, with total weekly impressions estimated at approximately 9 million. MARTA will also display the ads on buses and trains. The campaign will run through June 16th.

Deborah Richardson, Executive Director of IHTI says,  “Our intent is that the campaign will spark the conversations that men, co-workers, faith communities, and civic groups need to have around this pervasive issue, not only on a local level, but on a national one. Our goal is to eradicate the demand for selling and buying children for sexual and labor exploitation.     

Those who pay money to rape children are doing irreparable physical and mental harm to these children.

IHTI believes we need to greatly decrease the demand by understanding the motives, justifications and mindset of the buyer. In short, we need to the change the perception of a harmless, mutually beneficial encounter into the reality of rape, horrific incarceration and ultimate loss of life as he knows it.

PHOTO CREDIT:  EMILIE STEELE  VIA LEGEND

PHOTO CREDIT: EMILIE STEELE VIA LEGEND

THE VICTIM

Specifically in United States:

  • Average victims age is 11 to 14

  • Approximately 80% are women and children bought, sold and imprisoned in the underground sex service industry

  • Average lifespan of a victim is reported to be 7 years (found dead from attack, abuse, HIV and other STD's, malnutrition, overdose or suicide)

Commonly the child victim is from a sexually abusive home (parent or grandparent) but not always. Victim could be a runaway escaping home life, non-acceptance of gay lifestyle, or the victim could have been sold by parent at young age for cash or drugs.

PHOTO CREDIT:  EMILIE STEELE  VIA LEGEND

PHOTO CREDIT: EMILIE STEELE VIA LEGEND

The Predator

It's time to dispel the myth of who the Predator is. Research has found:

  • Many come from affluent homes.

  • Many of them fathers themselves.

  • These Predators are in denial that they are doing irreparable physical and mental harm to these children.

  • This is not an urban issue; it's not a suburban one, nor a rural issue.

  • Wherever you have Predators with disposable income and access to the internet, children are being exploited for sexual purposes.


Support the Campaign

To learn how you can spread the word and what to say, send an email to info@ICMGeorgia.org.  

  • ICM will send you the “Truth in Trafficking” Interfaith Tool Kit  (soon available).

  • We’ll connect you with the ICM Interfaith Collaborative that is actively working to end the demand for paid-for sex with children.

  • The “take it viral” social media campaign wants your help also.

Tara Hall Selected as ICM’s new Executive Director

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The ICM Board of Directors is excited to announce that Tara Hall, an experienced executive director of non-profits, has been appointed Executive Director of the Interfaith Children’s Movement. 

With experience directly serving traumatized children and women, Ms. Hall said:

“I’m ready to work in the ‘advocacy’ dimension.  I know deep down in my soul about the trauma that shuts down life possibilities for children.  I have seen it one-on-one for many years. Now I want to promote advocacy.  The goal of advocacy is make good public policy so that children do not experience the trauma that steals the magical gifts every child is born with. People of faith… and worship communities…. when they work together… have a powerful voice for children. I’m passionate about helping them use it." 

Tara Hall's leadership at ICM began May 6.

Please plan to meet Tara  (and sign up for a volunteer role… and become a member) over the next few months.

 

People of Faith, Let us Unite in Prayer and Good Works…

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As people of faith,

we are alarmed and deeply saddened by the news of the senseless killing of people when they are worshiping, their most sacred and safe spaces. The senseless killing has emerged repeatedly with the recent killing of Muslim worshippers at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the October 2018 killing of Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,  PA, the 2015 massacre of Christian worshippers during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and the ongoing display of hate the plagues our world.  

We are outraged that our children must witness a world full of so much hate and hurt. We grieve and offer heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of those that lost their lives and those that were injured. May acts of hate like these remind us all of our human responsibility to kindly speak the truth, respect differences, dispel myths, stand for justice, and maintain peace and security.  

There are conversations that we all should have with one another and with our children. We owe it to our children to move beyond our prayers and words as each of us take actions to make our world great and safe for all children.

- Interfaith Children’s Movement

Our Recent Visit to the Capitol of Atlanta

During our last Day at the Capitol on Monday, March 4, 2019 we organized together to meet district legislators and address proposed legislation or issues of community concern.

We want you to be the voice for children who have no voice - that is part of being in a Movement and we encourage the youth especially to observe the government in action and make their voices heard.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Order Your Pinwheels Today

ICM invites faith communities, civic organizations, and companies to participate in Child Abuse Prevention month by holding a pinwheel planting to bring awareness to this issue. 

Ways to Promote Child Abuse Prevention Month in April and Beyond...

This document provides for other meaningful ways to promote Child Abuse Prevention month and safe and healthy children and families at your faith community.

 

 

ICM's #TraumaHurts Awareness Campaign

During the rest of December through January, ICM wants to bring awareness to the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and traumatic events on children.  Below is a list of informational resources.  We encourage you to share these with your faith communties, friends, family, and neighbors.  Together we can become more Trauma-informed.  This in turn will help us be better advocates for resources for our children that restore.

Associations between adverse childhood experiences, student-teacher relationships, and non-medical use of prescription medications among adolescents (2017)

Unpacking the impact of adverse childhood experiences on adult mental health (2017)

The impact of adverse childhood experiences on health problems: evidence from four birth cohorts dating back to 1900 (2003)

Major findings from the CDC and Kaiser Foundation ACE Study

Essentials for Childhood Framework: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments for All Children (Centers for Disease Control)

 

Exhibitors Wanted: February 1st at the Celebration of Children Educational Conference

We are happy to announce our 4th annual Celebration of Children Educational Conference on February 1, 2018.

This year's theme will focus on the effects of trauma on children and how we can instill hope and reduce violence in the aftermath of traumatic events.

We currently have space for up to 20 exhibitors.  Sign up today to reserve your space.

Sign Up Here

New Human Trafficking Hotline Poster Is Released

A State law revision to the Human Trafficking Poster went into effect on July 1, 2017. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has developed a poster which can be used to meet this obligation. 

The notice must be posted within government buildings with public access, specifically in every public restroom and in a conspicuous location either near the public entrance to the building or where similar notices for the public are customarily posted.

This is the new poster that will be used at our Post It Up events designed to make sure hotels and retail businesses have them posted too so that more people have access to the hotline number and can call for help.

Download the poster here.

Medicaid Cuts Threaten Student Learning, School District Finances

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute has released their analysis of the effect of projected cuts to Medicaid under AHCA.   Click here to read.

"Children served by Medicaid are from low-income and working-poor families. They face more health risks than children from families with higher incomes. Taking away health care benefits and reducing services available could force students to miss more class and fall behind in school.

Schools in Georgia would also feel the strain from Medicaid cuts, as many districts would lose money used to cover services special education students need, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and medical equipment."

CALL TO ACTION NOW! Please Contact Sens Isakson and Perdue about the Health Care Plan

CALL TO ACTION NOW!  Please send / call it in the following statement to Sens Isakson and Perdue.

Senator Johnny Isakson

DC: 202.224.3643

GA: 770.661.0999

Contact: http://bit.ly/2pXJ9QJ

@SenatorIsakson

 

Senator David Perdue 

DC: 202.224.3521

GA: 404.865.0087

Contact: http://bit.ly/2ptENnp

@sendavidperdue

 

"Dear Senator _____, 

Children under 18 make up about 63 percent of the Medicaid members in Georgia, so any sizable change to the structure or funding of Medicaid or PeachCare (Children’s Health Insurance Program) could impact more than half of the children in our state.

As an advocate for juvenile justice reform, Medicaid is the one thing we can count on for the children under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice.  We know that they will receive the necessary health and behavioral health counseling they need, both when they are in the state's care, and when they return home to our communities. 

Community-based resources are critical to the well-being of this population of children -- in the community is where they need the most support.  And our community-based service providers can't provide this help without the support of Medicaid. We know that if we fail in our responsibility to provide our children and youth with the robust services they need through Medicaid, they will more than likely re-offend and wind up back in the juvenile justice system.  We don't have to place our children and our communities on that path.

Medicaid is a win-win for everyone...it helps to make our children healthier, while at the same time, it makes our communities safer.

Please continue to pay attention to the needs of children as you consider the American Health Care Act. Thank you for your service and your work on behalf of the children in our state."

66 Programs that are cut by President Trump's 2017 Budget

In addition to a $600+ billion cut to Medicaid, the President's proposed budget eliminates funding to other key services to children and families.

Thanks to Niv Elis for the analysis. http://thehill.com/policy/finance/334768-here-are-the-66-programs-eliminated-in-trumps-budget

Here they are:

Agriculture Department — $855 million

·       McGovern-Dole International Food for Education

·       Rural Business-Cooperative Service

·       Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account

·       Single Family Housing Direct Loans
 

Commerce Department — $633 million

·       Economic Development Administration

·       Manufacturing Extension Partnership

·       Minority Business Development Agency

·       National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grants and Education
 

Education Department — $4.976 billion

·       21st Century Community Learning Centers

·       Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants

·       Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

·       Impact Aid Payments for Federal Property

·       International Education

·       Strengthening Institutions

·       Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

·       Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants

·       Teacher Quality Partnership

 

Energy Department — $398 million

·       Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy

·       Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program and Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program

·       Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility

 Health and Human Services — $4.834 billion

·       Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

·       Community Services Block Grant

·       Health Professions and Nursing Training Programs

·       Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

 

Homeland Security — $235 million

·       Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program

·       Transportation Security Administration Law Enforcement Grants

 

Housing and Urban Development — $4.123 billion

·       Choice Neighborhoods

·       Community Development Block

·       HOME Investment Partnerships Program

·       Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program Account

 

Interior Department — $122 million

·       Abandoned Mine Land Grants

·       Heritage Partnership Program

·       National Wildlife Refuge Fund

 

Justice Department — $210 million

·       State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

 

Labor Department — $527 million

·       Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Training

·       OSHA Training Grants

·       Senior Community Service Employment Program

 

State Department and USAID — $4.256 billion

·       Development Assistance

Earmarked Appropriations for Non-Profit Organizations

·       The Asia Foundation

·       East-West Center

·       P.L. 480 Title II Food Aid

 

State Department, USAID, and Treasury Department — $1.59 billion

·       Green Climate Fund and Global Climate Change Initiative

 

Transportation Department — $499 million

·       National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER) 

 

Treasury Department — $43 million

·       Global Agriculture and Food Security Program

 

Environmental Protection Agency — $493 million

·       Energy Star and Voluntary Climate Programs

·       Geographic Programs

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration — $269 million

·       Five Earth Science Missions

·       Office of Education

 

Other Independent Agencies — $2.683 billion

·       Chemical Safety Board

·       Corporation for National and Community Service

·       Corporation for Public Broadcasting

·       Institute of Museum and Library Services

International Development Foundations

·       African Development Foundation

·       Inter-American Foundation

·       Legal Services Corporation

·       National Endowment for the Arts

·       National Endowment for the Humanities

·       Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation

·       Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Regional Commissions

·       Appalachian Regional Commission

·       Delta Regional Authority

·       Denali Commission

·       Northern Border Regional Commission

·       U.S. Institute of Peace

·       U.S. Trade and Development Agency

·       Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars