What We Do
The trafficking of children is recognized as a critical public health concern at national and local levels and in 2014 Governor Kasich declared all Child Advocacy Centers as first responders of minor victims of human trafficking. Since 2014, the Children’s Center has established the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking. In addition to overseeing the Coalition, The Children’s Center provides advocacy, community resources, community and school training, and risk assessments for youth through our Child Advocacy Center.
Through our Coalition, we have a Save our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) Project Team that delivers soap with the national hotline number and missing children’s posters to local hotels throughout Medina County. The S.O.A.P. Team has helped rescue at least four missing children in the area and provided continuous education of human trafficking to hotel staff.
In recent years, The Children’s Center also provided a 10-week Human Trafficking Prevention Youth Curriculum for students in the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center; and Human Trafficking 101, Online Safety, and Tina Project presentations for students in Medina County high schools.