Our Story

Our Story

Pam Strickland and Mike Williams (pastor of Greenville Christian Fellowship) were introduced because of their shared interest in ending Human Trafficking. They organized a community forum to educate the community about the issue, and then planned a walk to raise awareness. They realized that much work was needed, and decided to form a non-profit to continue the effort.

In 2010, Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now was incorporated and designated a nonprofit. The original Board Members were Jeff Boswell, Coni Clark, Steve Harding, Pam Strickland, Mike Williams, and Heidi Yoder.

Timeline

2016
January 1

Jan-June 2016

  • Human Trafficking information and/or Fair Trade Table at 10 community events
  • Conducted 11 trainings for professionals (Counselors, social workers, healthcare providers, law enforcement)
  • Educated 13 other groups (Civic clubs, churches, other community groups)
  • Led workshops at 1 regional conference
  • Prevention Outreach Program Spring 2016
    • Completed POP with all health classes in 4 high schools -570 students
    • Completed POP with all health classes in 1 middle schools -100
    • Statewide collaboration:
    • Project NO REST Advisory Committee and Working Group (5 year grant received by UNC-CH)
    • Attended all meetings of NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking and its Executive Committee (Founder Pam Strickland sits on Executive Committee)
    • Attended all meetings of the NC Human Trafficking Commission and presented as requested.
2015
January 1

2015

  • Human Trafficking information and/or Fair Trade Table at 21 community events
  • Conducted 17 trainings for professionals (Counselors, social workers, healthcare providers, law enforcement)
  • Hotel Education Program. Trained 4 hotel staffs.
  • Educated 21 other groups (Civic clubs, churches, other community groups)
  • Led workshops at 2 state-wide conferences (NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC)
  • Prevention Outreach Program Spring 2015
    • Completed POP with 9 HS classes-244 students
    • Completed POP with 4 MS classes-77 students
    • Completed POP with 3 After School programs-27 students
    • Completed POP with Residential Treatment Facility-2 classes, 21 students
  • 9 other speaking engagements (including church youth groups, Girl Scouts, health fair, classes that she spoke to, but didn’t teach the whole curriculum)
  • Prevention Outreach Program Fall 2015
  • Completed POP with all health classes in 6 high schools -876 students
  • Completed POP with all health classes in 2 middle schools -235
  • Worked with ECU Senior Capstone class group, ECU Honors College group, several interns and Federal Work Study Students
  • ECU Campus Walk to Stop Human Trafficking
  • Statewide collaboration:
    • Project NO REST Advisory Committee and Working Group (5 year grant received by UNC-CH)
    • Attended all meetings of NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking and its Executive Committee (Founder Pam Strickland sits on Executive Committee)
    • Attended all meetings of the NC Human Trafficking Commission and presented as requested.
2014
January 1

2014

  • Co-hosted “Shedding Light on Child Trafficking in NC” Conference, Raleigh NC-200 attendees (Law enforcement, Social Workers, Educators, Faith Community)
  • Prevention classes being offered February-April to groups of middle school and high school students. Interns presented to 16 groups (over 600 youth and adults!) during the Spring
  • Semester. These are one- time classes.
  • ECU Campus Walk to Stop Human Trafficking and documentary showing: over 100 students
  • ECU Human Trafficking Awareness Event: Margaret Morris, intern, was keynote. Over 300 students.
  • Co-hosted Human Trafficking Webinar Series
  • Led workshops/panelist/spoke at 5 conferences (ENC Gang, State of the Child, Cooperative
  • Baptist Fellowship of NC, STARR, New Bern)
  • Human Trafficking information and/or Fair Trade Table at 21 community events
  • Educated 18 church groups
  • Educated over 1000 people
  • Conducted 6 trainings for professionals or pre-professionals (Police, social workers)
  • Began Prevention Outreach Program (Hired first employee-Prevention Outreach Coordinator)
    • Completed POP with 3 HS classes-75 students
    • Completed POP with 1 B & G Club-15 students
    • Started POP with Residential Treatment Facility- 12 students
  • 3 other speaking engagements
  • Began Hotel Education Program. Trained 3 hotel staffs
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Resolution to Greenville NC City Council. Founder Pam Strickland and Board Chair Kristal Gauthier attended the City Council meeting and spoke about the resolution. It was passed.
  • Worked with ECU Honors College class group, several interns and Federal Work Study Students
  • Statewide collaboration:
    • Project NO REST Advisory Committee and Working Group (5 year grant received by UNC-CH)
    • Attended all meetings of the NC Human Trafficking Commission
    • Attended all meetings of NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking (Founder Pam Strickland elected to Executive Committee)
2013
January 1

2013

  • 5th Annual Walk/5K Run to Stop Human Trafficking
  • Educated 30 groups and over 1500 people (Including residents at Brody School of Medicine, nursing students, Public Health students, Medical assistants, Guardians Ad Litem, social workers, teachers)
  • Participated in 18 Community and campus events (Tables with Human Trafficking info and
  • Fair Trade materials and/or products for sale)
  • Lobbied for Human Trafficking Legislation at NC Legislature (“Safe Harbor” Law enacted on October 1, 2013)
  • Fair Traders at Holiday Show in New Bern and Greenville
  • Prevention classes to 2 high school classes in different counties
2012
January 1

2012

  • Began relationship with ECU’s Volunteer and Service Learning Department, Trained interns,
  • Federal Work Study Students
  • 4th Annual Walk (and 5K Run!) to Stop Human Trafficking
  • 50 events reaching 1400 people (including school counselors, pregnancy counselors, workshops at two statewide groups of social workers)
  • Lobbied for Human Trafficking Legislation at NC Legislature
  • Fair Traders at Holiday Shows in New Bern and Greenville
  • Prevention classes to 4 church and after-school groups (led by intern)
2011
January 1

2011

  • Strategic Planning Session with Consultant, Created Vision and Mission Statements
  • 3rd Annual Walk
  • Fair Traders (our Fair Trade Market) at Holiday Show in New Bern
  • Started educating people about and selling Fair Trade products at community events and
  • speaking engagements
  • Educated around 30 groups and approximately 1000 people (including Emergency Room nurses at Regional Hospital, Wilson County Law Enforcement, educators and EMS staff, and Wayne County Board of Health)
  • First Prevention class to after school group
2010
January 1

2010

  • Incorporated, received 501©3, formed Board of Directors
  • 2nd Annual Walk
  • Joined Pitt County Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Planned Human Trafficking Conference on ECU Campus
  • Screened Human Trafficking documentary on ECU Campus
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