Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc.

SW Florida's Human Trafficking Prevention Educator

aka HTAP   |   Ft. Myers, FL   |  www.humantraffickingawareness.org

Mission

Our mission is to prevent human trafficking by empowering individuals through education and collaborative action in Southwest Florida, advocating awareness and prevention through the power of art. - See more at http://humantraffickingawareness.org

Notes from the nonprofit

Our Executive Director was named a WGCU Maker 2015 and an APEX nominee award in 2015

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ms. Lauren McCraney

Main address

7275 Concourse Drive, Unit 400

Ft. Myers, FL 33908 USA

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EIN

30-0370679

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Building Awareness and Action in the fight against human trafficking

Through a combination of speaking, mentoring, writing and consulting, HTAP helps communities build awareness of this crime and mentors community leaders in tailoring action projects which reaches out to the vulnerable in the community, trains professionals, and helps develop volunteer programs.

Population(s) Served

Our ARTREACH prevention program educates middle and high school youth from all neighborhoods, though recent focus has been in the African/American disadvantaged neighborhoods. Students are taught about human trafficking and about the use of art as a social justice tool and then they createa art which is later displayed or performed so as to spread the work about modern day slavery

Population(s) Served

Trafficking Interactive Prevention Simulation (TIPS) program for middle and high school students to experience a simulation of initial approach of a trafficker to learn the signs of trafficking and to learn how to avoid becoming a victim.

Population(s) Served

This program targets owners and employees of fast food, convenience stores, malls, bus stations to teach them to identify possible victims of trafficking and to create a protocol to get help for the victims using existing services.

Population(s) Served

Reaching students in middle and high schools within the Lee County School District.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Purpose Prize Fellow 2008

Civic Ventures

Citizen of the Year Finalist 2011

Lee County, FL Board of Commissioners

Distinguished Alumni 2008

Florida Gulf Coast University

Wall of Fame Honoree 2012

Leyden School District

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Building Awareness and Action in the fight against human trafficking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We conduct training's and community outreach events and programs. This number reflects attendance, not number of events.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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Totals By Year
Related Program

ARTREACH

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes the youth attending our 10 hour- ARTREACH program only. We also conduct School Programs, TIPS Sessions, Train the Trainer for Professionals and Point of Contact Point of Rescue Sessions.

Number of Professionals Trained: Train the Trainer and Point of Contact, Point of Rescue.

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Point of Contact/Point of Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Participants to our Community Outreach Prgrams, ARTREACH Exhibitions, Community Meetings and Fundraising Activities.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Building Awareness and Action in the fight against human trafficking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Youth reached in School Programs and TIPS.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Human Trafficking Prevention in the School District

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to prevent human trafficking by empowering individuals through education and collaborative action in Southwest Florida and to use what we have learned to help community leaders locally and otherwise to use our programs in their neighborhoods and communities.

Our vision is to be the community leader and trusted resource for human trafficking prevention programs.

As an example, recently we were asked by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Probation Department to teach them how to conduct our ARTREACH program so that they can use it with clients who are potential victims as shown by the screening tool they have developed to use with their young clients. We held a Train the Trainer program for some of their employees and we will be assisting them as they conduct the first programs.

Another goal is to help all young people to understand how society often sends them mixed messages about their behavior which may make them more susceptible to human trafficking. For example, when we say "Boys will be boys" we are almost giving boys permission to behave badly and to imply that they have no choice or control. We also want to reach the young LBGT community to help them cope with the additional pressures on them in regard to human trafficking. One way to achieve this goal is to reach out to schools where we can educate even more students.

We will continue to train the professionals who deal with victims to give them the best possible help when they are recovered.

Another goal is to reach the community through community presentations and community events, such as our "Prevention Power" event in January and our initiation of Proclamations for Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month every January.

Another goal is raise sufficient funding to run these programs with the help of our board of directors, volunteers and staff.

We help community leaders develop action plans to build local coalitions adapted to their own situation and serve as a link to other groups so that resources can be shared. We do this through our website, through community events, through speaking at regional and national conferences and providing assistance by email and phone. We also provide Train the Trainer programs for our programs in communities around the country. In October 2017, our Executive Director will be the keynote speaker at the Task Force in Colorado Springs on their 10th anniversary of their first symposium where our Executive Director led their efforts to organize.

We also provide trainings to law enforcement professionals, prosecutors, human service providers, child oriented groups, youth from middle school to university age, businesses as well as faith and service based community organizations.

Our strategy to bring the issue to the public goes beyond providing information and trainings. It also involves developing and sharing programs. We currently have 4 major programs, aimed at prevention of the crime, proactive and pinpointed training at places where victims are typically found and making self-education easy and directed toward carefully selected books and a strategy to make those books available to more people.

We have developed a number of programs which aim to prevent trafficking through education and empowerment, especially of youth, using art. Kids are educated while they are creating their art and the art is exhibited and used for awareness building events and trainings. These programs, ARTREACH and TIPS have been shared in organizations in Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin and Savannah through a written template and materials and Train the Trainer Programs.

We have also developed the “Point of Contact, Point of Rescue" Program which pinpoints certain organizations and business where victims or potential victims of trafficking may patronize, such as fast food restaurants, shopping malls, hospitals and health care facilities, libraries and shelters. Employees or managers are trained to recognize the signs of trafficking and to follow a protocol of reporting the crime to a local hotline and law enforcement and to gather information without endangering themselves or their customers.
Another program we have is called “Read, Recommend, Act" which provides a reading list of recommended books about human trafficking and suggestions of how to spread the word of trafficking through books in one's community.

We understand that different groups in our society need different levels of training about human trafficking, but they all need to learn what role they can play to eliminate this terrible crime. We continue to develop new programs to fit the needs of new groups which need this effort.

We have 10 years of experience in public speaking at events, reaching over 28,000 people at over 600 events in 20 states and 5 countries. Audiences range from middle school girls to a Parallel Event at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. We have assisted many coalitions begin and grow and continue to work as a resource to them.

We currently have 4 employees: Executive Director, Operating Coordinator, Program Coordinator and Art and Community Coordinator. We have training materials available in English and Spanish and staff which can speak English, Spanish, French and Creole.

Our Executive Director has served in a leadership position with the original task force in Lee County, Florida which has grown into the U.S. Attorney's Task Force which serves seven counties as an umbrella organization. We have worked with about 20 other communities to develop their own coalitions.

We have expanded our programs into Collier County by continuing community events and speeches to professional and citizen groups and by conducting our ARTREACH and other youth programs in Collier County. We currently have an office at another non-profit's location in Collier County.

We have also been working with Charlotte County first responders and its health department, giving trainings to nursing students, school nurses and other groups.

Some of our accomplishments have been listed above.
We would like to expand the ARTREACH and TIPS programs through more Train the Trainer Programs so that local communities can adapt them to their own needs. We would like to get some version of these programs in the public school system.
We would like our programs to contribute to a level of public awareness which is even greater than exists today and that exceeds the tremendous change in understanding that we have already witnessed.
We think that the “Point of Contact, Point of Rescue" program has great potential and would like to reach its potential in our local region and see it expand into other regions and states.
We would like to achieve a steady and growing base of revenue so that we can sufficiently staff our existing programs and continue to grow.

Financials

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Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/6/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Pati

Category Management Consultant

Term: 2014 - 2020

Karen Pati

Category Management Consultant

Marietta Meacham

CPA, MCSPA accountants

John Lazarro

Financial Advisor of Wells Fargo / Senior Vice President - Investments

Ellenne Cherisol

Financial Advisor, EMC Financial Group

Sam Lewis

CEO, Wear the Fund

Judy Langley

Consultant, National Media & Marketing Campaign

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No