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 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.
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.