Lawrence Anti-Trafficking Task Force and Education Association- LATTE
Three grandmothers, after hearing about the atrocities of human trafficking and the lack of awareness in the Lawrence, Kansas area, went in search of a local community organization to volunteer their help. Unable to find a local group they decided something must be done. They invited friends who were concerned about the issue and LATTE’s first formal meeting was held in January 2014. LATTE decided their role as an organization would be to prevent people from being trafficked by educating the community and collaborating with organizations like local law enforcement, victim / survivor advocacy organizations, and the court system.
Today Host Melvin Merritt talks with Becca Burns-Spielman of Lawrence Anti-Trafficking Task Force and Education Association about their mission, their collaborations and their impact on the public’s knowledge of the issue of human trafficking.
Native Hope – Working To Stop Trafficking of Native Women and Children
Native Hope believes in the power of storytelling to dismantle barriers, bring healing, and inspire hope for Native people. They have been fighting trafficking of Native people during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally and throughout the year across the United States with offices in Chamberlain, South Dakota, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. They use storytelling because telling stories of Native struggle and Native strength is a powerful catalyst for unity, generational healing, and personal growth. Each of us has an evolving story which no one else can write.
Host Jessica Thomas talks with Kyle Middleton and his twin brother Kansas Middleton of Native Hope about their tradition of empowering Native people through storytelling and art and raising awareness of and healing victims of trafficking.
The JoJR Calendar for the week of July 16th
Momma On A Mission has started Survivors Unite a new group uniting the surviving families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions. Survivors United meets every third Monday of the month and will meet today July 16th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.
The Lees Summit chapter of Moms Demand Action will be held Thursday, July 19, 9:30 AM at Lowenstein Park, Shelter One, 2050 NW Lowenstein Dr, Lees Summit, MO. You are invited to help them work for common sense gun laws at the state and national level.
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, July 19th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.
Corey’s Network Annual Vigil to Support the Families of Unsolved Murders will be held 8:00 PM, Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 3907 Crackerneck Rd, Independence, MO. They will gathering in recognition of the fifth anniversary of Corey Laykovich’s murder and families of unsolved murder victims for praying together, lighting candles, and lining 39th Street with the faces and loved ones still waiting for answers for their homicide victims.