Lynch Foundation for Children and ERASE Child Trafficking Unite in South Carolina to End Human Trafficking
National Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations Join Forces in South Carolina
Charleston, SC. – The William D. Lynch Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize, motivate, and support professionals and volunteers in the care and education of children and ERASE Child Trafficking, a U.S. based non-profit organization with a global impact that focuses on eliminating child trafficking by implementing a holistic approach, have partnered to end human trafficking in South Carolina.
Don’t let the names of these anti-human trafficking organizations confuse you. The William D. Lynch Foundation for Children and ERASE Child Trafficking are dedicated to assisting all individuals that have been victimized by human trafficking. “We are aware that a large percentage of trafficking victims are under the age of 18, but it cannot be overlooked that victims grow up. Choices are made for them before they turn 18 that will
define their future as an adult,” said Sandra Sparks, Executive Director, ERASE Child Trafficking. “Individuals affected by human trafficking need to be identified and offered services. In addition, those who victimize and exploit them need to be prosecuted and held accountable.”
Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force
The William D. Lynch Foundation for Children and ERASE Child Trafficking have a clear understanding of the complexities of human trafficking, and that the response to it is even more complex. Their goal is to bring together a wide array of professionals and passionate citizens to raise awareness in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties through the Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force with Chair, Brooke Burris. Brooke is also the East Coast Regional Director of the William D. Lynch Foundation for Children.
“The William D. Lynch Foundation for Children believes he who saves one child, saves the world. Recently, the Foundation has taken its commitment to care for children by focusing our efforts to stop human trafficking – of both children and adults – understanding a society of thriving adults raises a society of thriving children.”, said Brooke Burris.
ERASE Child Trafficking and the William D. Lynch Foundation for Children’s vision is to also bring together a wide array of sectors across the state including law enforcement, victim service providers, survivor-activists, prosecutors, businesses, advocacy NGOs, government agencies, faith-based organizations, health care professionals, and social services to mobilize, slow, reduce, and end human trafficking. These efforts will be done collectively with the South Carolina State Human Trafficking Task Force.
Human Trafficking Training for Law Enforcement
One of the many initiatives made possible through this collaboration is statewide advanced human trafficking law enforcement training. Throughout the year, ERASE Child Trafficking will present its nationally renowned 3-day human trafficking investigations class with instructors that have local, state and federal law enforcement experience as well as victim advocates.
The South Carolina Office of the Attorney General, through the Human Trafficking Task Force, is committed to supporting the partnership between ERASE Child Trafficking and the Lynch Family Foundation for Children. “We support the collaborative efforts of both State Task Force members to assist South Carolina in meeting the need for investigative human trafficking training for law enforcement,” said Kathryn Moorehead, Director of VAWA and Human Trafficking at the Attorney General’s Office. “The Task Force recognizes the need to continually provide training for law enforcement while also continuing to assist in building a professional network to support those conducting investigations throughout the state.”
The launch of the statewide initiative began at the end of 2018 with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office hosting a class in November. And in December, Homeland Security Investigations – Charleston Office hosting a second class. Approximately fifty law enforcement officers with local, state, and federal agencies attended. The first class of 2019 will be hosted by Horry County Sheriff’s Office, February 11-13, in Conway, South Carolina.