Grant to Women's Fund of Southwest Florida to support raising awareness of human trafficking
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County granted $2,500 from the Edward K. Roberts Fund to The Women's Fund of Southwest Florida to support raising awareness of human trafficking in DeSoto and Charlotte Counties. This is part of a six-county effort to address human trafficking in Southwest Florida that will also include Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to the awareness campaign, The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida is also investing in the SWFL Regional Center on Human Trafficking to be hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University.
“It is critical that we are informed and aware of the pitfalls facing our most vulnerable citizens – especially children. Human trafficking robs people of their most basic human rights and must be addressed. Our children deserve a secure environment with opportunities to grow into productive citizens,” according DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ashley Coone.
The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida continues to seek financial contributions to support the Southwest Florida Regional Center on Human Trafficking at www.womensfundflorida.org or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. To connect with a service provider or report suspected human trafficking activity, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).
PHOTO ID: (From l-r) Ashley Coone, Brenda Tate, Sheriff Will Wise and Kay Wise