Chattanooga Salvation Army Hosts Human Trafficking Meeting On Friday
Thursday, September 4, 2014
The Salvation Army of Chattanooga is hosting the Awareness Committee Meeting of the Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT) this Friday, at its 614 Corps’ ReCreate Café, 800 McCallie Ave. The hour-long meeting begins at noon. The public is invited to attend.
The Mission of CCAHT is to promote awareness to unify the community in response to and prevention of human trafficking in all forms. Area social service, mental health and medical providers; community and faith-based organizations; as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, work together to combat sex trafficking in Greater Chattanooga.
The purpose of the bi-monthly Awareness Committee Meeting is the presentation, review and implementation of programs and activities that support of mission of CCAHT in the community. Salvation Army 614 Corps Officer, Captain Aaron Goldfarb, said, “Human trafficking is a very real problem in the city of Chattanooga, and we are thrilled to host this special session of the Coalition Against Human Trafficking." He went on to say, "The international fight against human trafficking has been a key issue of The Salvation Army for many years."
A special feature of Friday’s meeting will be a visit by riders on the national “Long Road to Freedom Tour.” The goal of the coast-to-coast cycling tour is to create awareness of the dangers and horrors of Human Trafficking Issues. Along the way, the riders are spreading awareness about modern-day slavery, forced prostitution and the abuse of children. The “Long Road to Freedom Tour” began July 5th in Seattle and will conclude in Miami.
The Chattanooga Salvation Army 614 Corps is an outreach to homeless persons in Greater Chattanooga. The ReCreate Café is a day shelter for the homeless that serves as a Day Center for the homeless to come in from the weather and be safe from social predators. The Cafe offers beverages/snacks, hot showers, personal mail boxes and lockers, seasonal clothing, personal care items and the use of a computer lab.