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Happy 2nd Birthday to ICT S.O.S.!

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It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on our 2nd anniversary! A lot has happened in 2 short years and we have plans for even more.

Join us Sunday March 10th from 2-5pm at Mead’s Corner to celebrate! We’ll have cake, door prizes, info and entertainment.

If you’d like to contribute to our lending library, you can bring a book or dvd off of our Amazon Wishlist.

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Shampoo & Conditioner
Body Wash
Lotion
Razors & Shave Gel
Feminine Products
Deodorant
Brushes

Project Butterfly is a support group for survivors through the Wichita YWCA.

Help Us Build a Lending Library

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We’ve compiled a list of books and DVDs relevant to Human Trafficking that we would like to have on hand and available to lend out to our members who are interested in learning more. If you would like to purchase one of these to donate to our library, please visit our Amazon Wishlist by clicking the image below!

 

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ICT S.O.S. Christmas 2012

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This year we are proud to once again support efforts to stock the shelves for a couple of our favorite local agencies serving at-risk, homeless and runaway youth in our city. This population is at great risk for being exploited. Please consider picking up a few items off of these lists while you are doing your Christmas shopping and let’s help out during this season of giving!

The OZ Drop-In Center is the city’s only drop-in location specifically designed to serve homeless youth. Items for the OZ can be delivered to Carpenter Place Attn: ICT S.O.S 1501 N. Meridian. Or if you have a large donation for pick-up email info@ictsos.org.

The OZ Christmas Wish List

 

The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County and the Wichita Exploited and Missing Children Unit work hand in hand to assist victims of child abuse, neglect, exploitation and sexual abuse. Officers and social workers often carry items with them to give comfort to a child or meet basic needs in times of crisis. Donations for these agencies can be delivered to Mead’s Corner or either location of Scribbles & Giggles Children’s Academy.

CAC/EMCU Christmas Wish List

 

And of course if you’d like to give an ICT S.O.S. tee or bracelet as a Christmas gift (and who wouldn’t?) you can now order online!

 

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Full Circle

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In March of 2011, a newspaper article changed my life. The story was the catalyst for the beginning of ICT S.O.S.  The story was coverage of the trial of a pimp and john in the case of a 13 year old girl right here in our city.  I didn’t know it then but eventually the story would come full circle in the most amazing way.

Last night I got a phone call from one of the EMCU officers involved in the case. When I answered, he said, “I have some news that I think you’re going to be pretty excited about.” He went on to explain that the verdict had just come in for this young lady’s trafficker. 3 counts of rape under Jessica’s Law, 3 counts of human trafficking- guilty on all 6. Justice!

For the past year and a half or so, I have thought about this young woman. I never knew her name, didn’t know what had happened to her. But I thought of her often and she continued to be a symbol to me of all the girls like her that we were working to create a better story for. Through prevention, support to local agencies, awareness and education we hope to create a city where this isn’t allowed to happen to our young women.

Today I got another call. “Do you want to meet her?”

The officer had told her a little about ICT S.O.S. and this movement that had started because of her story. He asked if she’d like to meet me. She said yes.

We made arrangements to meet and I barely made it in the front door before the tears came. I got to share with her what has happened over the last year and a half. I showed her a picture of the 900+ people who ran in the Race for Freedom in September. We talked about the Rock the Market concert, the conference, the O.Z. drop-in center…all of the people in this city who have come together to fight this in hopes that it won’t happen to other girls like her.

“All because of MY story?”

Yes, brave girl.

She is a vibrant, beautiful, bubbly teenager. Because of the work done by the officers, the DA’s office, the social workers, judge and others involved in her case- she has a chance to be just that. A teenager. A girl with a future. A chance to be whatever she chooses.

And for me, all of the many hours of work on events, donation drives, the t-shirts and blog posts and Facebook updates…it all came down to a hug. I got to hug the girl who broke my heart before I ever knew her name. She has a face, she has a name, she has a future. And that makes my heart happy.

 

September- Month of Awareness!

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WOW! We’re gearing up for a huge push to get the word out about ICT S.O.S. and the issue of human trafficking in our city. September will be filled to the brim with opportunities to learn, volunteer, and get involved!

We’ll kick things off with the Race for Freedom 5K Run/Walk on September 8th.

The next couple of weeks we’ll host several documentary screenings. Info about films, times and locations can be found on our events page.

We’ll wrap up the month with a 2-day conference featuring Elizabeth Smart as our keynote speaker. Info and registration forms can be found HERE.

And finally we’re going to Rock The Market! A huge concert in Old Town’s Farm and Art Market square will send the message to our entire city that our kids are NOT for sale!

With so many options- there is something for everyone. Each event will include chances to connect with other passionate people and local agencies working to end trafficking in Wichita!

Human Trafficking Conference 2012

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We are so very excited to announce the speaker lineup and details for our 2012 Human Trafficking conference!

With special thanks to Cox Communications, we are welcoming Elizabeth Smart as our keynote speaker.

In addition to Elizabeth, we will hear from speakers from:

  • Wichita Police Department
  • OATH Coalition
  • ICT S.O.S.
  • Veronica’s Voice
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • FBI
  • Truckers Against Trafficking
  • Many, many more!

For a full list of speakers and to register for the conference: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/33098983/2012%20Human%20Trafficking1.pdf

Registration is $35.00 and must be submitted no later than September 16, 2012.

Fees can be paid by check following instructions on the registration form or via Paypal at:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YKGBLU3GBF7MC

Sign up early- this is limited seating and may sell out!

 

Help ICT S.O.S. Win $25,000 From State Farm

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ICT S.O.S. was chosen from 3,000 entries to compete in the top 100 Causes for a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The grant will be chosen by a Facebook voting competition. The top 40 organizations will each receive $25,000 to use toward their community improving cause.

As of Monday April 30th, ICT S.O.S. was in 20th place. You can vote 10 times a day EACH DAY.

Voting ends May 17

 

Winners will be announced May 22nd. Please vote each day and share the link on your Facebook pages. It will take a strong effort all the way through the competition to remain in the top 40!

If we win the grant, ICT S.O.S. will be using it to renovate the houseparent quarters in the Independent Living Program at Carpenter Place. This will also free up 2 additional apartments for young women aged 18-24. Currently the program has 6 apartments. 4 are occupied and there are 4 potential residents coming to tour the remaining 2 this week alone. The need is great and we have a chance to create real change in the lives of at-risk young women in our city!

 

To vote, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/statefarm/app_376288832400015?app_data=ICT-SOS