Brownieland features Georgia Center for Child Advocacy in honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

In honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recognize organizations that raise awareness about human trafficking and educate the public about identifying and preventing this crime. The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is a nonprofit committed to the fight against human trafficking. GCCA opened its doors in 1987 and has since helped over 16,000 children by offering a safe haven for abused children, providing long-term psychological treatment to victims and their families, and assisting in the investigation of abuse cases. Since 2006, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and statewide facilitators have trained over 130,000 adults across Georgia to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program. The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy’s mission is to champion the needs of sexually and severely physically abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy, and collaboration. GCCA carries out its mission through programs like the Envision Project and Project Intersect.  

The Envision Project provides specialized programming for youth 14 -17 years old who are survivors of child sexual exploitation. Programming focuses on career readiness, independent living skills, personal growth and development, education, and social justice. The Envision Project partners with organizations like Workgroup 8 of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Human Trafficking Taskforce, the Junior League of Atlanta, and community volunteers facilitating workshops that expose survivors to positive experiences and new skills. The Envision Project also provides community-based training on human trafficking awareness. Brownieland volunteered with GCCA’s Envision Project in partnership with the Junior League of Atlanta in 2019 for a day of workshops in jewelry making, painting, cookie decorating, and holiday art projects for trafficked youth. Find out more about the Envision Project here.

Brownieland Pictures features Georgia Center for Child Advocacy in honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Pictured: Georgia Center for Child Advocacy staff and volunteers who have facilitated Envision Project workshops with trafficked youth.

Project Intersect is a Federally funded initiative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Project Intersect trains therapists throughout Georgia in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment model for survivors of child sexual exploitation. Project Intersect also facilitates the Resource Parent Curriculum training to caregivers of child survivors. The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy partners with Project Intersect to provide outpatient therapy services to youth in the Atlanta area who have been commercially sexually exploited. Learn more about this incredible program here.

The vision of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is a community without child abuse where every child feels safe. GCCA works toward this by taking the leadership role in Fulton and Dekalb Counties in facilitating collaboration, communication, and appropriate case coordination and management in sexual and severe physical abuse cases. The statistics are staggering, but you can lend a hand to make a difference through financial support, volunteering, attending or hosting prevention training, or giving to the GCCA wish list

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