In January of 2014 several members of a local church met with the shared goal. We wanted to address the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking and the growing need for rehabilitative care for children rescued from sex trafficking.
Over the course of several months, the team formalized a name, mission statement and our plan of acquiring a home for our residential treatment facility. The team is currently working on a capital campaign to raise funds necessary to reach this ultimate goal. We also continue to educate and mobilize the community about minor sex trafficking and rehabilitation for those effected by it.
Our executive director, Bobbi Starr, first learned about the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children in 2009, while attending the National Center for Victims of Crime conference. At the time, Ms. Starr was the Prevention and Awareness Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Support Center in Columbus, Georgia.
Upon learning about the issue and the need for restoration homes for sexually exploited children, she obtained a B.S. degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration & Justice. Ms. Starr tailored her education to study the issue of child sex trafficking, the common vulnerabilities of victims, the absence of advocacy, and the need to address the demand side of child sex trafficking. Ms. Starr has been a victim advocate and community activist in Columbus, Georgia for over twenty years.
Ms. Starr, the Micah’s Promise team and board members are dedicated to fighting commercial sexual exploitation of children and providing a path of restoration for stolen childhoods.