United in Purpose: Our College and Partners Against Human Trafficking

At Medical Career & Technical College, we understand that the fight against human trafficking is a battle that must be waged on all fronts. It’s a multidimensional struggle that requires a unified response, and we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners in this vital cause.

Our Shared Vision

Our institution is a stronghold of future medical professionals, predominantly women, who are poised to become the eyes and ears in identifying victims of trafficking. This is not a responsibility we bear alone. Our partners—A Step Ahead Preschool and Childcare, LIFEChurch, MCTC Student Massage Clinic, MCTC Student Veterinary Clinic, Soft Shoe Inc., and Bert’s SpeakCheezy —are integral to our mission. Together, we forge a coalition of care and vigilance.

Education as a Tool for Change

The significance of this initiative to our college community cannot be overstated. Our students, future medical professionals, are the potential first responders in the battle against human trafficking. It’s crucial they are equipped not only with medical expertise but also with the knowledge and skills to identify and assist in trafficking situations. Our programs are committed to embedding the awareness and tools needed to recognize the signs of trafficking and provide aid to those in need.

Understanding the critical role that healthcare providers play in identifying and supporting victims of trafficking, our curriculum aims to integrate this awareness. It’s about turning knowledge into action—training our students to be vigilant, empathetic, and informed advocates in clinical settings and beyondI

Thank you to our initiative partners!

Your Eyes Save Lives

Signs that an individual may be a victim of sex trafficking include appearing fearful, submissive, or nervous, having little control over their money or identification documents, inconsistencies in their stories regarding where they live or their relationship with the person they’re with, inappropriate dress for the weather or setting, being in the company of someone who seems controlling, possession of items like multiple hotel key cards, and signs of physical or emotional abuse. It’s also a red flag if the individual seems unable to move freely.

For labor trafficking, some indicators are individuals appearing to live at their place of employment, being transported in groups by their employer, having restricted movement, not controlling their identification documents, receiving wages below minimum wage, indebtedness to their employer, showing signs of abuse, isolation, or starvation, and working long hours under poor conditions.

Kentucky law mandates the reporting of suspected trafficking of a minor immediately to Child Protective Services. If you suspect human trafficking, you’re urged to call 911 in an emergency or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

For more information, to access resources, or to schedule a human trafficking community training event, you can contact the Office of Trafficking and Abuse Prevention and Prosecution at YourEyesSaveLives@ky.gov or call (502) 696-5436. More details on the signs of human trafficking and how to report can be found on the Your Eyes Save Lives website.

How can I help?

Redeeming Hope is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing freedom, hope, redemption, and restoration for teenage girls who have been sexually exploited. Their mission is not just to rescue but to rehabilitate, through a holistic approach that includes counseling, education, and ongoing support. By offering a safe and stable home environment, Redeeming Hope empowers each girl to heal and rediscover their self-worth, ensuring that the home they build is one of love and security, not just shelter

To become a part of the fight with Redeeming Hope, there are several ways you can contribute:

 

1. Advocate: Use your voice to raise awareness. Share information about human trafficking and Redeeming Hope’s mission with your social network, in community groups, and with your local representatives.

2. Educate: Learn the signs of human trafficking and how to report them. Encourage others to do the same. Education is one of the most powerful tools in preventing trafficking and helping victims.

3. Donate: Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of these young girls. Your financial support goes directly toward providing the care and resources they need to heal and thrive. Donations can be made through their official website or Venmo account.

4. Partner: If you’re part of an organization, consider partnering with Redeeming Hope and this fundraiser campaign to provide services, support, or other resources.

Want to join the fight? Email: apenman@medicalcareerandtechnicalcollege.edu

DONATE TO Redeeming Hope !

Website: https://redeeminghopeky.org/donate-now/

Venmo: https://account.venmo.com/u/Redeeming-Hope

Make sure to include #MCTC and your email when donating!

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