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March  2017
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Dear Friends,

Another great month supporting survivors of human trafficking and fighting this horrific crime. Check out all the great news below in this month's FREE Network newsletter!

 
Thank you for your contributions and dedication to anti-human trafficking efforts and your support to survivors.
 

Together we can make a difference!
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: 
 
On March 11th, we celebrated Healing Root Ministry's upcoming opening of their safe therapeutic home.The Healing Root team has worked tirelessly to make this dream a reality. 

For more information or to get involved, please see link below:
State News
The Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking held its quarterly meeting on March 9. Attorney General Pam Bondi presided over the Tallahassee meeting. 

Take a look at all the great work being done in our community:
http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/3917-florida-statewide-council-human-trafficking/

Kudos to Pasco County! Thank you, Pasco County Sheriff's Office and all those involved in educating, cracking down on strip clubs, and raising awareness: 
http://wfla.com/2017/01/23/pasco-county-cracking-down-on-strip-clubs-looking-for-signs-of-human-trafficking/
WOW!
 
The Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking, South Shore, a community group of the FREE Network, recently received an award of $10,000 from “100 Women who Care”. These funds were distributed to several organizations in support of survivors and in efforts to educate the community on human trafficking.

US News recently published an article on teaching teens about Human Trafficking. Prevention is key in fighting this crime and educating our youth is a great start:
https://www.usnews.com/high-schools/blogs/high-school-notes/articles/2017-02-21/3-ways-high-schools-can-educate-teens-on-human-trafficking
 
Have any thoughts you would like to share regarding articles and posts in our newsletter? Email them to info@freenetwork.us
Great Opportunities to Help:
Freedom Starts with You! 

Our members have the following needs:

For Outreach TeamsBakers, preparation of outreach bags, financial/material help for gift bag items; i.e. bath/body lotion, hand sanitizer, coffee mugs, handmade or painted items, etc.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Presenters/speakers, fundraising coordinator, grant writer, event volunteers, mentors, transportation providers, teachers of job skills, cooking, and/or art classes. 
Administrative Support: Web development and administration, data entry, note writing, newsletters, donor relations coordinator, and/or volunteers coordinator. 

If you are interested or would like more info,
please message us here:

info@freenetwork.us

UPCOMING EVENTS ON OUR CALENDAR
http://www.freenetwork.us/events-3/
 
March 25, 2017 9-4:30pm
Join Women with a Mission of Tampa Bay and Connie Rose, TEDx speaker and trafficking survivor, as they share stories of restoration
TEDx: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inRdqwVRFTU
Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-stories-gods-glory-tickets-31968611979

April 22, 2017  7-10 PM 
Bubbles and Butterflies Gala Fundraiser For
Redefining Refuge
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-bubbles-and-butterflies-gala-tickets-29991815327

April 25, 2017 6:30-9:30pm
Think Globally, Act Communally: An Evening with Becca Stevens
Junior League of Tampa

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/think-globally-act-communally-an-evening-with-becca-stevens-tickets-32354352740?aff=efbeventtix

May 31-June 02 2017 
International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators Conference
 
http://www.iahti.org/training/
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