St Peter's Anglican Cathedral .4784 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32309
CAT is a group of Christians, from all denominations and backgrounds, who joined together in their shared passion to see the end of human trafficking in our community. As believers, it is our job to earnestly commit this issue to prayer. We also believe that eradicating human trafficking will take a united effort and that everyone can contribute in some way. It's our aim and desire to engage everyone in our community and churches, through strategic partnerships, to join the fight against human trafficking and stop the sale of human beings.
Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, is a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in commercial sex acts. The coercion can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological. Sadly, the victims are often children. Although there is no defining characteristic that all human trafficking victims share, traffickers frequently prey on individuals who are poor, vulnerable, living in an unsafe or unstable situation, or are in search of a better life. Trafficking victims are deceived by false promises of love, a good job, or a stable life and are lured or forced into situations where they are made to work under deplorable conditions with little or no pay. These horrors are happening frequently within the Big Bend Region. With Tallahassee and surrounding towns and cities being located off of I-10, traffickers live and operate within our own neighborhoods. Law enforcement, State Attorney Jack Campbell and his team, and local non-profits have done an exceptional job in working to pursue these crimes. However, each has indicated a desperate need to better engage the community at large in joining this fight. As we know, God calls His Church to stand strong against the evils of this world. The Christians Against Trafficking Summit has been designed to bring our community together to learn more about the horrors of trafficking in our own community and to explore how we can best join in the work to eradicate trafficking together.
Gwen Adams has been married to Mark for 33 years. They have 4 grown children, all married, and 7 grandchildren. Gwen has spent 23 years in women’s ministry and as a discipleship pastor. For 15 years she and her husband served in ministry together at ChangePoint church in Anchorage, AK where she started a multi-church women’s ministry called RefresHer. With over 900 women in regular attendance Gwen and her leadership team believed the group was big enough to make a significant dent for the better in the community. At that time, Gwen was asked by then Governor, Sean Parnell, to take part in the Task Force for Crimes of Human Trafficking in Alaska. She knew that God was calling her to lead the faith-based community to fully engage in taking on this growing issue. Gwen started a non-profit called Priceless which is an organization that trains up the faith community to mentor survivors of sex trafficking. In addition to the mentoring program, Priceless has grown and now has a cyber-sex crimes team, outreach team with local shelters, a mentoring program for at risk youth to prevent trafficking, and a church training program.
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