of Southern Colorado


September 2015 - Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
5:30 - 7:00 pm

First United Methodist Church, Room 21, Basement
420 N Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Our guest speaker was Jennifer E. Werner, Director of Education and co-founder of Unlock Freedom, which is an anti-human trafficking organization based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jen is a public speaker, modern day abolitionist and enthusiastic St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. She recently wrapped-up production for Project #ItStopsWithMe and is currently working on incorporating this educational program into Colorado and Oklahoma high schools. When she is not fundraising, speaking or fighting against slavery, you can find her cooking meals in the kitchen for her family and friends or relaxing on the couch watching Golden Girl reruns. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and has four beautiful entertaining children that keep her semi-sane.

Unlock Freedom is 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on prevention and education on sex trafficking here in the US. We are based in Tulsa, Ok and have an office in Colorado Springs, CO. Since our launch in 2012, we have been educating young people across OK about sex trafficking through school assemblies, classroom presentations, and clubs.

In response to the need to educating our young people about this issue, we have spent the last year developing a curriculum series called Project #ITSTOPSWITHME.

Project # It Stops With Me - is a four lesson program that comes with a Facililator Guide, videos and student pages that can be implemented into a student body through clubs, classroom study, etc. Through these revealing lessons, videos, interactive discussion, and tools for activism, students will become educated and inspired to do their part to combat human trafficking in America.

We have recently finished piloting the curriculum in Broken Arrow High School and Street School. Additionally, we have spoken or done assemblies in Wagoner High School, Catoosa Middle and High School, Jenks High School, McClain High School, and many others across the state of Oklahoma. We are working on getting reviews from faculty; however, here are some of the reviews we have received to-date from students after going through the curriculum: are some reviews from students; from our schools that already have Project IT STOPS WITH ME curriculum in their school.
    "If I had known even half of this just a year ago, I could have saved myself and some of my friends from a lifetime of trauma."
    "I feel compelled to share this on social media, to not only educate people on the dangers of human trafficking, but also to protect them from becoming a victim."
    "I have changed all my [social media] settings to private."
    "I had no idea this was going on in Oklahoma. Now that I know, I want to prevent this."
    "I blocked people I don't know on Instagram."
    "I changed much on social media, noticed others who could be victims, and I watch what I post."
    "I went through my friends and blocked people I don't know."
    "The curriculum is great, easy to follow, and makes a lot of sense."
    "Made a huge impact on me."
    "The curriculum was very personal and effective."

We ask them to commit that it stops with them - in reference to the things that are fueling this issue. We ask them to speak up for their friends and speak out against some of these things. We give them tools for activism if they would choose to do more. We also give project options if the group, class, or school would like to do more.

We have made the commitment that if traffickers are targeting Americas young people, then so are we - with education for the sake of prevention.

                    Our meetings are open to organizations and individuals who are interested in stopping
                    Modern Day Slavery, especially in our community.

                    For meeting information, please contact: bedwards12@aol.com                    
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