Northside High School Concludes "In it to End It" Campaign with a Public Training on DMST Awareness

February 7th is End It Movement’s Shine A Light on Slavery Day. You may have noticed the red “X”s on hands or even donned one yourself. The students of Northside wore the red X and did so much more.

Marketing teacher and DECA club leader, Mrs. Emily Styers, assisted a team of passionate students as they led a school wide campaign to bring attention to the movement.

The students put together a multi-step campaign.

They filled the cracks in the school pavement with red sand to illustrate how human trafficking is often overlooked.

They set up a doll box in the cafeteria to show how trafficking objectifies people.

They posted attention grabbing statistics that showed the size of human trafficking as an industry.

And they invited Micah’s Promise to present evidence-based training and actionable steps to parents, teachers, and fellow students on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.

Micah’s Promise is both grateful and optimistic that our future holds young Freedom Fighters that will be an advocate for those that are unable to speak for themselves.

The work of these Northside High students has:

  • Made their parents and peers aware of the omnipresence of Human Trafficking.

  • Presented actionable steps to protect teens from online grooming and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.

  • Equipped their community with the signs to look for and ways to help if someone they know is being trafficked.

  • Planted the seeds to reduce future demand of human trafficking.

We’re grateful for NHS efforts and their choice to involve Micah’s Promise.

Micah’s Promise offers trainings that are free and open to the public monthly. Just see our Events Page for the latest information.

We also offer the Not A Number curriculum for classroom settings and Stewards of Children for adults that oversee groups of children. Please contact info@micahspromise.org to learn more.

See the full WRBL report here: https://www.wrbl.com/news/local-news/northside-high-school-students-spread-awareness-for-domestic-minor-sex-trafficking/1763368163?fbclid=IwAR3ExJXlpoyJio7Ctma2LSsQ7BtodQJ10C7UfavYFj4_p5_TTA6zNLZg_RE

City of Columbus, GA declares Micah’s Promise Day and recognizes National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Left to Right: Dr. Kim Glass (Board Member), Sgt Gregory Starcher (Team Member), Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson (Board Member), Bobbi Starr (Executive Director), Susan Rogers (Board Member), Kristen Jones (Team Member), Northside High School Principal Marty Richburg, City Manager Isaiah Hugley, John House (District 10), and Charmaine Crabb (District 5),

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On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 the City Council of Columbus, Georgia declared it Micah’s Promise Day.

This was part of the city’s proclamation acknowledging January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Executive Director Bobbi Starr presented to the City Council with the visible support of Micah’s Promise board members, long time supporters, and recently trained advocates.

This is community in action.

Among those that joined Ms Starr to speak before the council were several representatives from Northside High School. Principal Marty Richburg and Marketing Teacher Emily Stryer watched proudly as two DECA students spoke about domestic minor sex trafficking. McKenzie and Cheyenne are high school students that have built a campaign to bring awareness and prevention training to their peers. They are collecting “loose change to loosen chains”; bringing Micah’s Promise in for a special evening presentation to parents, kids, and teachers; and staging multiple events on school campus to reach their peers.

The posted City Council Meeting Agenda

The proclamation acknowledges that the city of Columbus acknowledges January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and February 5th as Micah’s Promise Day.

Human Trafficking Awareness month was created by Presidential Proclamation in 2011 by then President Barack Obama and observed on January 11th. Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is a form of Human Trafficking or Modern Day Slavery and 300,000 American children are victims or vulnerable to Sex Trafficking yearly in the United States.

Northside High DECA Students McKenzie and Cheyenne speak with City Council

In 2016, 468 children in the state of Georgia were identified as victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children or Human Trafficking, with over 90% having a history of childhood sexual abuse, 89% with history in the foster care system, and the average age of 14.

Micah’s Promise has been educating and mobilizing the community since 2014 through community trainings, collaborations, and partnerships to address the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. As an official partner agency with the State Human Trafficking Task Force through collaborating and cooperating on a state level using combined resources and shared information to fight human trafficking in our state.

Thank you Mayor B.H. “Skip” Henderson III for proclaiming Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Micah’s Promise Day.

This is an abbreviated video that only focuses on the Micah’s Promise Proclamation. View the full video of the council meeting on CCG TV’s YouTube Channel

MORE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

News Coverage of Stewards of Children Facilitator Appreciation Luncheon

Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson, Micah’s Promise Board Member

Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson, Micah’s Promise Board Member

Micah’s Promise Board Member, Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson, alongside our Executive Director, Bobbi Starr, were among those honored at a local luncheon.

The luncheon was to show appreciation for facilitators of the Stewards of Children training developed by Darkness to Light.

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Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for parents, youth serving organizations, and other concerned individuals. Child sexual abuse happens in Columbus, GA, so learn the facts.

Micah’s Promise believes in the 5% tipping point of community awareness to help end child abuse.

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You can find out about upcoming teachings in our community on our Events Page.

For the full news story visit WRBL at https://www.wrbl.com/news/local-news/stewards-of-children-honor-local-leaders-working-to-protect-children-from-child-sexual-abuse/1744037955

Northside High School Community Training on Understanding DMST

The presenter will be Micah’s Promise Executive Director Bobbi Starr.  Ms Starr holds a Masters degree in Public Administration & Justice. She has been a victim advocate and community activist in Columbus, Georgia for over 20 years.  She has taught a Human Trafficking course for the Criminal Justice Department of Columbus State University. Micah’s Promise is part of the official Georgia State Human Trafficking Task Force. To learn more visit www.micahspromise.org

If you have questions about the upcoming training please email Emily Styers at styers.emily.v@muscogee.k12.ga.us




Northside High School has been implementing a public relations campaign to bring awareness and education to the issue of Human Trafficking.  They have invited Micah's Promise to provide a FREE evidence based training night for parents, teachers, and students to learn actionable steps to put into place.

The upcoming evidence based training is on February 6th at 6 PM in the Northside Auditorium.  At the training we will discuss:

  • How predators lure children from online interaction on sites like Snapchat and Fortnite.

  • The life of a child victim - the national average age of first trafficking is 11!

  • Which children and teens are most vulnerable to trafficking.

  • Rules for online safety

  • How we can reduce demand

  • And more!

Northside High Student have been documenting their campaign on  Instagram .

Northside High Student have been documenting their campaign on Instagram.

Save the Date: Community Roundtable Training Announced

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April 11, 2019 - 5th Annual Community Roundtable Training on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

Featured speaker, Army veteran and former Special Victim’s Detective Kevin McNeil, joins Micah’s Promise this year as we share about the reality of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) and the roles of men.  Young boys, alongside the girls, fall victim to DMST through family members, coaches, and online gaming. Men are taking action by learning how to respond to abuse, bringing awareness to DMST, and advocating for demand reduction.

Contact:

Bobbi Starr, Executive Director of Micah’s Promise, 706.507.0825, info@micahspromise.org

Micah’s Promise seeks to raise awareness about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) by providing prevention and awareness education and building a therapeutic treatment center for girls aged 12-17.  The Annual Community Roundtable on DMST is one of those public trainings. Each year professionals actively working to end DMST are brought together to share lessons, insights and trainings from their advocacy experience.  

2019’s keynote speaker will be Army veteran and Ret. Det. Kevin McNeil.  McNeil is an advocate and author that is uniquely positioned to address the commercial sex trafficking of minors from personal experience as a survivor of abuse, special victim’s detective and educator.  Other presenters will be announced closer to the event date. Past roundtables have included veteran law enforcement from Columbus Special Victims Unit, government sector Georgia Cares representatives, licensed child psychiatrist and child sex trafficking survivor advocate keynote.

Additional information will be made available on www.micahspromise.org as date approaches.



May Newsletter

The Exchange Club

Bobbi Starr and Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson had the privilege of speaking with the Exchange Club of Columbus this month! The Exchange Club is an organization dedicated to building a better community in Columbus, Georgia. Our executive director, Bobbi Starr, spoke about the mission of Micah's Promise and encouraged the members to learn more about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. The Exchange Club gave a generous donation from their Child Abuse Prevention Committee and we are so grateful!


Columbus Metro Black Nurses Association

Micah's Promise board member, Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson, acted as the keynote speaker at the recent Columbus Metro Black Nurses Association, where she presented on the Commercial Exploitation of Children and received a proclamation!


New Horizons Behavioral Health

New Horizons Behavioral Health recently held their second annual Children's Mental Health Symposium at the Columbus Regional Library. Board members Elizabeth Glass and Dr. Kim Glass had the opportunity to present about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking to professionals in the System of Care 


Not a #Number

Micah's Promise team members, Bobbi Starr and Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson, have recently been certified by Love 146 to teach the Not a #Number curriculum to middle and high school students! This curriculum is designed to prevent trafficking by teaching vulnerable teens about the danger of trafficking and how to protect themselves. Bobbi and Dr. Brett will begin teaching very soon!  


Community Training!

Micah's Promise recently hosted a community training at Christ Community Church. Keisha Head, a survivor of human trafficking and a nationally recognized speaker, gave her powerful testimony and explained what the problems are in our area. Afterward, she led a breakout session where social workers and more brainstormed what it would take to protect the children of Columbus. Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson and Sandy Chavira also led Stewards of Children breakout sessions for educators who attended the training.


BE ON THE LOOKOUT

Micah's Promise has a booth at Junque Yard Antiques and we are asking for donations to sell!
 

If you have books, lamps, furniture or other things in nice condition, please email or call Elizabeth Glass and we can schedule a pick-up! We will give you a donation letter for things that you donate!
This is a great way to help Micah's Promise and finish up that summer cleaning!!!


Freedom Run!

Be on the lookout for a Freedom Run coming your way this August! This is going to be an event led by many young Christian men who have a heart for God and the widows and orphans of this community.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Congratulations to our director, Bobbi Starr, for her recognition by the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy as the Stewards of Children facilitator of the month!  Each month, the staff from GCCA selects one of our state’s facilitators to be in the spotlight. They were very impressed with what they witnessed on April 12th  and all they have heard about her over the past several months.  The GCCA is the child advocacy center in Atlanta that is leading the child abuse prevention initiative for our state with the Stewards of Children training. To learn more, go to https://madmimi.com/p/391b1c/preview


We now have the architectural plans finalized for the Girls Therapeutic Treatment Facility! We are currently presenting these plans to funders and would love your continued prayer and support for both this facility as well as an office space for our team. We are so grateful to our supporters for helping us reach $760,000 of our $1,500,000 goal! If you are considering supporting us, please remember that every donation has an impact and regular givers (of any amount) sustain the work of restoring stolen childhoods! Because Micah's Promise now has 501c3 status, all donations are tax deductible! 

July Newsletter

TEAM SPOTLIGHTS!

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Board Member Spotlight: Dr. Kim Glass

Growing up on a farm in Alabama, I have loved animals from an early age. Since becoming a veterinarian, I, unfortunately, have seen so many abused animals and have always done whatever I can to help them. It has always been my goal to be a voice for those who don’t have one. When I first heard about Micah’s Promise, I knew God was telling me that these girls needed someone to advocate for them. I simply do not understand how someone can hurt and take advantage of young children, especially in this way of DMST. Micah’s Promise is working so hard to raise awareness for this issue and to rehabilitate victims of this horrible industry. I am honored to be a part of this organization and am so grateful to God for all the doors He is opening for Micah’s Promise.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Olivia Perkins

I'm Olivia Perkins and I am from Columbus, Georgia. I have wanted to fight human trafficking for years and a few months ago, multiple people told me that I needed to contact Micah's Promise executive director, Bobbi Starr, because she needed someone to help write newsletters. I was really excited about the opportunity because I love to write and I am passionate about fighting human trafficking, especially in my hometown! I was able to attend the April training lead by survivor Keisha Head and afterwards I felt this calling even stronger than ever. I was able to meet with Bobbi afterward and began working on a newsletter just a few weeks later! This is the second one I've had the opportunity to write and I look forward to many more to come! Micah's Promise is an incredible ministry that the Lord is powerfully moving through and it is my privilege to share what He is doing with the people that are supporting us!  

Coming Up! 

Be on the lookout for some awesome opportunities to support Micah's Promise in the next few months!

Starting in August, Micah's Promise will start our "Engaging the Body" campaign. We will be reaching out to churches in Columbus with hopes of gaining the support of the local Christian communities. This is an incredible opportunity for churches to answer God's call in Isaiah 61:1, to proclaim freedom to the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. 

We have a super exciting bowling fundraiser coming up this October so be on the lookout for more information about that! 

Finally, the Big Dog Jingle Run for Freedom will be on December 15th! Please come run and support Micah's Promise! More details will be headed your way shortly, but mark your calendars! 

Updates!

Columbus State University

Columbus State University has now added a course in their Criminal Justice department dedicated to educating students about human trafficking. It will be taught by Micah's Promise Executive Director, Bobbi Starr, who says, "It is a gross celebration, we are so grateful to CSU's Criminal Justice Department for creating this course due to the fact that human trafficking has grown exponentially in the past few years, but this provides us another avenue in the fight for the restoration of stolen childhoods".

Love 146 and Project Change

Last month, Bobbi Starr and Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson earned their certification to teach the Love 146 curriculum that educates young teenagers about the dangers of trafficking. In the past few weeks, they have been teaching this curriculum to a group of teenagers in a program called Project Change that is based out of New Horizons Behavioral Health. Please keep Bobbi and Dr. Brett in your prayers as they conclude this class over the next few weeks. It is a very difficult topic, but God has been moving in a lot of these kids' hearts!

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Micah's Promise on the Air!

We want to celebrate our partnership with PMB broadcasting! They invited Bobbi Starr to the station for an interview that will be airing on Saturday and Sunday so be listening to any of their stations! Q107.3, Kissin' 93.3, 103.7 Lite FM, Boomer 102.5, 106.9 Rocks, Hip Hop 106.5, Classic Rock 105.5, and 95.3 Kissin' Legends will all be raising awareness for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and highlighting what Micah's Promise is doing in the community! We are so grateful for PMB broadcasting for everything they are doing to restore stolen childhoods! 
"And who knows but that you were put in your position for such a time as this" Esther 4:14

Praises and Prayer Requests!

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Praises!

Thanks to a generous donor, we have now acquired office space in a fantastic location! We will hopefully be moving in within the next few weeks! Pictured above is our Executive Director, Bobbi Starr, signing the lease agreement!

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We are now $25,000 closer to our capital campaign goal! Thank you so much to everyone who continues to support us, even the smallest amount puts us closer to restoring stolen childhoods! If 1,000 people donated $10 a month, it would add up to $120,000 annually! If you would like to donate, Micah's Promise has the incredible opportunity to raise new monthly support! Every dollar that YOU donate or pledge by September 1st will be matched up to $25,000!

Prayer Requests

Please pray for the kids who are receiving the Love 146 training now and for the kids who will receive it in the future!
 

That doors of foundations and the philanthropic community in Columbus would open as we feel a sense of urgency to reach our campaign goal and meet the needs of girls across the state and farther

Please also pray against the devil's schemes! That hearts would be broken over this fight and that traffickers and buyers would turn away, "For we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12

We are reaching out to the prayer warriors in the community to join us in the fight against the real enemy!