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 and added a dedicated Human Anti-Trafficking Coordinator who oversees the Coalition, provides advocacy, community resources, community and school trainings, 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.
Additionally, the Children’s Center also provides a 10-week Human Trafficking Prevention Youth Curriculum, On-line Safety and Tina Project presentations for all Middle Schools in Medina County.
Join the Coalition
Anyone interested in joining our Coalition is welcome to attend meetings. Please contact HumanTrafficking@MedinaCountyChildrensCenter.org for more information and meeting dates.
As an outreach program of The Coalition, our SOAP Project Teams is always looking for volunteers to deliver localized, up-to-date missing children posters and makeup wipes with contact information for the National Human Trafficking Hotline to area hotels.
If you want to learn more about Human Trafficking and/or schedule a training please contact HumanTrafficking@medinacountychildrenscenter.org.
The picture on the right represents the #ENDITMOVEMENT which is a photo that was taken on 2.13.20 in Medina County to SHINE A LIGHT ON SLAVERY! The RED X represents ending slavery. “Born out of the belief that even one person trapped in slavery is too many, #ENDITMOVEMENT is a coalition of the leading organizations in the world in the fight for freedom. Each of our amazing coalition partners are doing the work, on the ground, everyday, to bring awareness prevention, rescue, and restoration”