Seattle Town Hall · Nov 6, 2019 · 7:00-8:30pm
StolenYouth and special guests at Seattle Town Hall discussed the intersection between the foster-care system, homelessness and child sex trafficking.
This year, StolenYouth’s Town Hall focused on the links between foster care, homelessness, and child sex trafficking – “the vulnerability pipeline” – that leads to far too many children and youth being bought and sold for sex in Seattle and across Washington state. The evening opened with a survivor who shared her powerful story of how she became a sex trafficking victim while in foster care in King County. We also heard from keynote speaker, Dr. Melinda Giovengo, President & CEO of YouthCare, as well as our panel of local experts including:
- Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Secretary Ross Hunter;
- Executive Director of Accelerator YMCA, Mark Putman;
- Washington State Representative Tina Orwall;
- and King County CSEC Policy & Program Manager Kelly Mangiaracina.
Our panel answered very important questions from our engaged audience of nearly 300 community members, and left us with a call to action:
- Contact your legislator and demand their support of the Safe Harbor legislation and increased funding for therapeutic housing and resource options.
- Get involved at the local level with your county’s CSEC Task Force.
- Volunteer with an advocacy agency.
- Consider becoming a foster parent.
- Donate or host a fundraiser to support our mission
- Don’t look away! If you see something that could be child sex trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
For more ways to join us in the fight to end child sex trafficking, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.