Recently, Sergeant Hines of DC Metro Police spoke at one of our meeting. During his presentation, he discussed the lack of shelters in the DC Area for victims of sex trafficking. Because of this lack, often times the safest place for police to send victims is the local jail.
Courtney’s House (www.courtneyshouse.org) is an up-and-coming DC shelter for child victims of sex trafficking. It will provide girls between the ages of 11 and 17 with a therapeutic and emotionally healing atmosphere away from the horrific world of sex trafficking. This is such an important cause. Please join us in supporting this effort by attending Courtney’s House’s first fundraiser event this coming Tuesday, June 2nd 2009, at Busboys And Poets in Shirlington Virginia. Please see below for details.
Also FYI, in the coming months we will be spinning up a community volunteer program to support Courtney’s House. Through this program, you will have many opportunities to contribute to the success of Courtney’s House, including and up to working directly with victims. Please be advised that volunteers who want to work with victims must have backgrounds in social work (or a related field) and will need to go through background checks and a training program. Please stay tuned for more details.
Lastly, Tina Frundt, founder of Courtney’s House, will be speaking at our June 18th meeting. For more info, please go to: http://www.meetup.com/wdcsms/calendar/10466788
Here are the details of this Tuesday’s event:
Tuesday June 2nd 2009, 12 noon-12 midnight
Busboys And Poets Shirlington location (703-379-9757)
4251 South Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA. 22206
Schedule for the day
12 noon – 3:00 pm: Visit the Courtney’s House table and learn more about the organization. Cash and check donations will be accepted and 100% of the funds go to direct victim services.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: A GEMS film, “Very Young Girls”, will be shown, followed by a
30-minute question/answer session with founder, Tina Frundt.
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: 5% of the dinner shift will go to Courtney’s House. Tina Frundt
will also be available for more questions.
8:00 pm – 12 midnight: 5% of the dinner shift will continue to go to Courtney’s
For more details, go to http://files.meetup.com/184719/CourtneysHouse_Busboys_%26_Poets_Flyer.pdf