In January of 2014 several members of a local church met with the shared goal 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 plan of acquiring a home for our residential therapeutic treatment facility. However, we quickly realized that people were either unaware of the issue or did not believe the issue affected our community. We began educating and mobilizing the community and continue to provide evidenced based, victim centered, survivor informed trainings on the issue and best practices for identifying victims of trafficking and the need for therapeutic care.
The team is currently working on a capital campaign to raise funds necessary to reach the goal of $1,500,000.00 to build a therapeutic treatment facility for children victimized in this heinous industry.
Bobbi Lynne Starr
Our executive director
Ms. Starr first learned about the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in 2009, while attending the National Center for Victims of Crime conference in New Orleans. At the time, Ms. Starr was the Prevention and Awareness Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Support Center of Columbus.
Upon learning about the issue and the need for therapeutic treatment facilities for commercially sexually exploited children, she pursued and 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. She has taught a Human Trafficking course for the Criminal Justice Department of Columbus State University and continues to guest lecture throughout the state.
Ms. Starr, the Micah’s Promise board members, and volunteers are dedicated to fighting Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and providing a path for Christ centered restoration of stolen childhoods.