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Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition September 2022 Meeting

Here is our recorded meeting link and chat notes for our 5 Stones September 2022 meeting!

Our 5 Stones meeting this September featured Brooke Istook, Vice President of Youth & Communities with – a tech non-profit dedicated to developing technology to defend children from sexual abuse.  She discussed the dangers of predators and the importance of educating youth about internet safety.  

Here is the link to the recorded meeting:
https://cutt.ly/5StonesSept2022Video

A copy of the presentation slides can be accessed here:
https://cutt.ly/5StonesSept2022PresentationDeck

The chat log is how our online audience was able to introduce themselves and their agencies.  Here is the link to the chat log:
https://cutt.ly/5StonesSept2022ChatLog

This month we had 9 agency announcements:

  • Felicia Grantham – FWPD
    • Someone left behind a laptop accessory after our August meeting.  Contact Felicia.Grantham@fortworthtexas.gov to coordinate retrieving it.  
    • The JuST Conference is Nov 1-3 and is in Fort Worth this year!  Tickets are still available for both in-person and online attendance.  Go to https://www.justconference.org/just-conference-2022/ for more information.
    • It's time to nominate community difference-makers!  See below in this email for more information and a link to nominate.  See also the list of past award winners to make sure your nominee is eligible!  
    • $25 Amazon gift cards are being collected for survivors for Christmas.  To participate, go to https://cutt.ly/5StonesGiftCards, and email $25 cards to Felicia.Grantham@fortworthtexas.gov.  
    • 5 Stones Member Agencies – submit your WINS videos to Felicia by the end of October
  • LaTasha Jackson-McDougle – Cheryl's Voice
    • October is Domestic Violence Month.  October 3rd is the 38th year anniversary of the death of LaTasha Jackson-McDougle's parents due to domestic violence.  Wear purple on this day to bring awareness and post a pic with the hashtag of #IAmCherylsVoice or #PurpleHearts.  
  • Rebecca Stoy-Brady – Justice Reform
    • The Justice Reform is hosting their 2nd annual Justice Run and music festival to end human trafficking. The run will take place on October 29th at the Panther Island Pavilion from 3PM – 11PM. For more information on the run you may visit https://www.justicerun.com/.  Additionally, anyone who is passionate to see survivors set and restored may sign up to volunteer at Justice Run as follows: https://brushfire.com/justicerun/runvolunteers/534352.  
  • Pooja Pathak – Texas Advocacy Project
  • Billy Joe Cain – Radical Empathy &
    • Radical Empathy (https://reefcares.org/) creates empathy for victims through VR to open hearts to the reality of human trafficking. PBJ Learning (https://pbjlearning.com/) uses interactive learning in their browser-based courses to provide human trafficking training with assessment-based certificates.  Contact me for a login to our or to learn more about licensing our VR experience to use with your training program and/or our online course: 512.521.8874 [email protected]

It is that time of year again to nominate community difference-makers for the 5 Stones award!

We have 3 categories for awards:  Excellence, Victim Advocacy, and Community Impact.  You may nominate up to 3 people, one per category.  All nominees will be reviewed by the 5Stones steering committee and the top candidate in each category will be chosen.  The awards will be presented at the end of November, 2022.  

These are our past award winners!  (Past winners are ineligible for future awards.)
Lance Cashion
Judge Brent Carr
Carrie Grace
Felicia Grantham
Tobi Jackson
Det. Tim Matthews
Sarolyn Morgan
Sgt. John Phillips
Ofc. Hannah Rivard
Sgt. Anthony White
Robert “Bob” Williams
Karen Wiseman

Here is a link to the award nomination survey.  Follow the link to see the criteria for each award.
https://forms.gle/MYh5k64oFr8U5VRq6
This survey is due no later than October 7, 2022.

For those wanting to get more involved, follow the link below to see a list of ways you can participate in anti-trafficking efforts!

How Can I Help List:
https://cutt.ly/5StonesHelpList

Thank you for joining us!  

Felicia Grantham, Founder
Tarrant County 5 Stones Taskforce

TC 5 Stones September 2022

This month we heard from our law enforcement partners, then had a presentation featuring Brooke Istook, Vice President of Youth & Communities with Thorn – a tech non-profit dedicated to developing technology to defend children from sexual abuse.  She discussed the dangers of online predators and the importance of educating youth about internet safety.  

Brooke Istook is Vice President of Youth & Communities at Thorn, a tech non-profit dedicated to developing technology to defend children from sexual abuse. She leads Thorn's prevention work focused on promoting healthy, safe online experiences by building resilience in youth and the communities that support and protect them.

Brooke joined Thorn in 2014 to build and launch its first software product Spotlight, a human trafficking investigations tool that is now used by officers across the US and Canada and has been used to identify over 17,000 trafficking victims over the last 5 years.

In 2019 Brooke led the launch of Thorn's youth-centered research and digital programs to combat the growth of online grooming and other digital harms with a goal to empower youth and their support systems with knowledge and tools to fight online child sexual abuse. With multiple viral videos, Thorn's NoFiltr program for youth and online resource for parents have presented educational and prevention messaging to youth and parents on over 300M times with over 170M views across TikTok, Instagram, Snap, and YouTube.

Prior to joining Thorn, Brooke spent over 12 years in business consulting, human resources and program management for global tech consulting companies Accenture and Cognizant, supporting Fortune 500 clients in telecommunications and entertainment.

 

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EYES ON TRAFFICKING

This “Eyes on Trafficking” story is reprinted from its original online location.

ABOUT PBJ LEARNING

PBJ Learning is a leading provider of online human trafficking training, focusing on awareness and prevention education. Their interactive Human Trafficking Essentials online course is used worldwide to educate professionals and individuals how to recognize human trafficking and how to respond to potential victims. Learn on any web browser (even your mobile phone) at any time.

More stories like this can be found in your PBJ Learning Knowledge Vault.