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3strands Global foundation MOBILIZING COMMUNITIES TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING E ach year, an estimated 100,000 children are victims of human trafficking in the U.S., and California has the nation’s highest incidence. 3Strands Global Foundation mobilizes communities to combat human trafficking through prevention education and reintegration initiatives. 3Strands Global has educated 23,000 ninth graders across 13 California counties, and now developed a scalable prevention education program called PROTECT (PRevention Organized To Educate Children on Trafficking) in partnership with the office of the Attorney General and CA Department of Education. “The PROTECT program is presented to 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th graders,” says Ashlie Bryant, president of 3Strands Global Foundation. “PROTECT will reduce the vulnerability of all children in California to human trafficking. It’s the 98 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | next logical step to eradicating human trafficking in our state.” 3Strands Global also helps high- risk youth and survivors find jobs. The organization has partnered with JUMA and the Sacramento Kings to employ 35 youth at the Golden 1 Center. The Gila project, in partnership with Intel, PRIDE Industries, and other local nonprofits, targets jobs for at-risk youth and survivors up to age 24. In the community, 3Strands provides GracePaks to trafficking survivors when they are recovered by law enforcement. Survivors are often found with nothing but the clothes they’re wearing. The packs include toiletries, pajamas, blanket, flashlight, and more, and represent hope to those healing from trauma. “We also buy bracelets made by survivors worldwide and sell them at various events,” says Bryant. “Buying these products helps ensure survivors 3SGF.ORG have sustainable income while sale proceeds help fulfill our mission.” “Businesses can financially support our education programs and GracePaks and provide jobs for reintegration. They can also sponsor our Folsom Break Free Run on October 7th. We can use volunteers at the Run, and in the PROTECT, and reintegration initiatives,” concludes Bryant. “Stand with us to fight human trafficking.” PROFILE SPONSORED BY The Kircher Family Foundation