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.