Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force Chairperson Kathy Wilson with husband Dale Wilson at the Rescue Innocence Project Gala Thursday evening in Birmingham (contributed)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kathy Wilson, chairperson of the Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force, attended the second annual Rescue Innocence Project Gala Thursday night at The Club in Birmingham. The gala raised funds to help support the newly opened emergency shelter at UAB Hospital for child survivors of human trafficking/sexual exploitation. Statistics from UAB show that of all the victims of human trafficking in Alabama, 57 percent are children.
This new shelter is the first of its kind. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation supports Alabama’s efforts and aims to continue the work of regional development in Alabama. The following objectives were supported by this event:
- To help fund the emergency shelter
- To help raise awareness, educate schools and church-based prevention education services
- Most importantly, to enhance long-term care for adult and child survivors in Alabama
With the completion of these important projects, a tremendous impact will be made in the fight to curb sexual exploitation in Alabama and rescue lives from this plague that threatens to rob the children of Alabama of their innocence, dignity and mutual respect.
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