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is to help find them a job,” says Bryant. “This provides the opportunity to be empowered to create their future.”  In addition to sustainable income, clients receive trauma-informed counseling, consultations with a dedicated social worker, transportation resources, childcare, and other support. “We’re socially innovative in how we address exploitation,” explains Bryant. “We have implemented the PROTECT Prevention program in 34 of our 58 California counties, with the goal to raise that total to 45 by the end of 2019. Governor Brown signed our co-sponsored bill, AB 1227 into law, the first of its kind in the nation. AB 1227 mandates the training of teachers and the educating of students on human trafficking. With the EMPLOY + EMPOWER program, we have served 118 survivors and at-risk individuals with the goal of connecting 60 more with jobs by the end of the year.” 3Strands aims to expand into all 58 California counties and eventually across the nation with PROTECT Prevention Education, and to grow EMPLOY + EMPOWER to two additional greater Sacramento counties and an additional state. “A big challenge is the lack of understanding about human trafficking,” confirms Bryant. “Because of the dark nature of human trafficking, people don’t always want to discuss the topic. We are solution driven and focus on HOPE, making an impact one individual at a time. Together, we can create a world free from human trafficking. Please stand with us.” ( Join 3Strands Global for their annual Break Free Run. This year is their 10- year anniversary edition, to be held on Sept. 21 in Folsom, California. profile generously sponsored by THE KIRCHER FAMILY FOUNDATION March 2019 | 107