Luncheon brings survivors and law enforcement together to combat sexual violence

(Last Updated On: April 16, 2018)

The With You In Mind 501(c)(3) organization hosts a roster of dynamic anti-human trafficking speakers and survivors on April 14th from 10 am-2 pm at Southfield Park and Recreation Multi-Purpose Center

DETROIT, Mich. — April marks the annual commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month where communities nationwide band together to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Human trafficking is not just an overseas issue; statistics from the Crimes Against Children Research Center reveal that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse over the course of their lifetimes with 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 victimized. According to the U.S. State Department, more than 70% of human trafficking victims are female and half are children.

The With You In Mind nonprofit organization was founded in 2012 to help curb this disturbing trend. Their anti-human trafficking awareness luncheon is one of their many efforts to engage, educate and empower the community on the signs of sex trafficking. The luncheon will feature a roster of influencers and survivors, including keynote speaker Kubiiki Pride whose daughter was kidnapped and trafficked at 13 years old. In 2009, Pride found her missing daughter’s pictures on Backpage and was forced to pay for her daughter’s services from traffickers to save her life. Pride and her daughter appear in the child trafficking documentary “I am Jane Doe.”

Other guest speakers include Amanda Jawad, federal prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s office; Elesondra Deromano, a trafficking survivor and founder of the Standing Together Against Real Slavery (STARS) victim services organization; survivor Amber Menagh; survivor and Sacred Beginnings founder Leslie King; attorney Delicia Coleman-Morson; and from “Hope Not Handcuffs” (a subsidiary of Families Against Narcotics) Angel Coordinator Lisa Boska and Data Coordinator Erin Whitkopf. A portion of proceeds will go to benefit The Exodus Foundation started by event speaker Harriet Cammock with the mission to shelter victims coming out of trafficking. The diverse lineup represents vastly different backgrounds, but they all share the same goal to turn victims into victories.

“We are honored to have such key figures in the Michigan community coming together to speak out and speak up for victims,” said With You In Mind founder and fellow survivor Cheryl Tucker-Mosby. “Trafficking isn’t only happening in a third world country; it’s is happening right under our noses, so learning the signs and how to stop this in its tracks not only on a global level but within our own communities and families is crucial.”

The event will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Southfield Park and Recreation Multi-Purpose Center, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, MI 48034. Don Poole from WJZD Radio will serve as the emcee. Lunch and refreshments will be served. For more information and tickets, visit: www.trialtotriumph.eventbrite.com.

 

About With You in Mind

With You In Mind is a 501(c)(3) organization launched in the spring of 2015 that aims to educate, build character, and teach responsibility, self worth, respect and honesty to women survivors of child abuse and human/sex trafficking. Founder, Cheryl Tucker-Mosby, a survivor of sexual assault as a youth, decided she wanted to empower  girls and women who have been sexually abused. She began community outreach initiatives in 2011 and has expanded to serve women in Houston and across state lines to help them heal their wounds and take back their lives. For more information, follow www.facebook.com/withyouinmindcommunity and visit http://withyouinmind.org.

Luncheon brings survivors and law enforcement together to combat sexual violence