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Call for Birmingham volunteers!

What: planning meeting for the events of the Freedom to Thrive & JUSTUS Week of Awareness (April 24-30)

When: Tuesday, February 22, 7pm

Where: Vestavia Hills Baptist Church (2600 Vestavia Dr., Birmingham, 35216; see map below)

Who should come: Any college students, youth, or others interested in participating in the events of April’s Week of Awareness

More info about the Week of Awareness:

JUSTUS is committed to exposing the issue of sex trafficking. This injustice continues not only abroad, but in our backyard. If this monstrous problem is to be solved, we need to become informed. We can make a difference.Our mission is to expose the issue of sex trafficking and empower youth to stand and fight against this injustice.

Below is a description of the tentative events to take place during the awareness week, April 24th-30th.
– Weeknight Documentary Screenings We hope to have the documentary DEMAND showing in at least one venue every night Sunday-Thursday. These screenings will occur at colleges and public venues. A FTT/IJM/Just Us speaker will provide more information about human trafficking after these screenings and encourage discussion. So far we have connections at Miles, Alabama, Samford, Birmingham Southern, and UAB. If you would like to help organize and promote the college and public venue events events please contact  Freedom to Thrive Intern Hali Ford : heford@samford.edu.
– Friday Documentary Screening A documentary TBA will be shown over the weekend.  This event will be advertised on posters and information cards distributed around the city and to the audiences at the other documentary screenings.  A speaker will follow this showing as well. If you have connections to theater or auditorium space in the downtown area please contact Sara Jane at  freedomtothrive@senetwork.org.
– Photo Contest Photographers are invited to participate in the Week of Awareness Photo Contest. High schoolers will be submitting images of freedom, and college students and other photographers are invited to submit images of slavery and freedom.  Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, and the overall contest winner will receive prizes. Entrants and everyone helping to organize the Week of Awareness are invited to enjoy refreshments, music, and a slide show of the photo entries Saturday evening at venue TBA.
– TVPRA Support Cards and Information Cards Postcards provided by IJM will be available at all events for attendees to fill out concerning the upcoming reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. We hope to collect 500 cards to present to our delegation to compel them to support and possibly co-sign onto the bill.  We will also provide cards or pamphlets to event attendees containing information on indicators of human trafficking to better equip our community in recognizing and reporting human trafficking crimes.
College and High School Participation In addition to these events, groups from colleges and other organizations are invited to develop and incorporate their own events into the Week of Awareness, or host panel discussions and other speaking events. So far we have volunteer representatives from UAB, Samford University, and Birmingham Southern College organizing events during the week, are working on or in need of connections with representatives from Miles, Lawson State, and Jeff State, Alabama, Auburn to also join our Community Outreach team as we plan for the April events.
If you would like to help organize and promote the college and public venue events please contact  Freedom to Thrive Intern Hali Ford : heford@samford.edu.

JUST US has high school representatives from Vestavia, Spain Park, Oak Mountain, Mountain Brook, and Homewood. We would like to expand the group to include more schools. High school JUST US Volunteers are invited to wear the Just Us shirt all week and pass out information about the issue, promote the freedom photo contest, talk about the issue with friends and family, host discussion groups, and/or conduct class and school presentations on the topic. The JUST US representatives will receive signatures on the T-shirt symbolizing how many people were told and educated about human trafficking throughout the week. If you are interested in getting your school involved please contact freedomtothrive@senetwork.com and try to come Tuesday night for more information!
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Freedom to Thrive volunteer meeting

What: meeting for those interested in volunteering with Freedom to Thrive

Where: Crisis Center (United Way Building): 3600 8th Ave S., Ste. 501; Birmingham, AL; 35222

When: Friday, February 11, at 6:00 pm

What should I bring: yourself and anyone else you know who’s interested in ending human trafficking (oh, and maybe a pen and paper to take a few notes)