Shield targets specific communities and organizations within a municipality that are most likely to interface with an individual who is at risk for exploitation or is already being exploited. Shield develops trained, volunteer-led teams to serve those identified communities to help them defend their own territories by meeting their specific needs with tailored solutions. Those needs may include offering training, mentor programs, protocols, grant writing or awareness campaigns.
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In 2015, NC law required public schools to offer human trafficking prevention information in health classes. Shield will assist schools in identifying appropriate curriculum for teachers, parents, and students.
Shield will serve local hospitals to identify signs of trafficking, record data, empower service providers with human trafficking training, and develop internal protocols for connecting victims to local services.
Shield will educate citizens to recognize the signs of trafficking in order to report to local law enforcement. We will also develop a grant writing team for Apex PD to more effectively combat exploitation crimes.