#IamMedicaidGA: Mental Health

Most faith traditions offer paths for their followers to achieve a “peaceful mind”— whether that is in the recognition of a higher power or in the reconciliation of one’s own sense of self. Peaceful minds make for stronger, healthier families and children.  Yet, as members of the interfaith community, we know that achieving a peaceful mind can be impacted by life’s changes and challenges, and sometimes, we need additional help to get us through our struggles. Mental health and substance use disorders can often go unseen and untreated because of stigma and shame. However, sacred texts recognize that medical help is essential to our whole well-being – body, mind and spirit.  And mental health struggles can be addressed with access to the right resources.

More than 14% of Georgians carried the burden of mental illness or addiction with them in 2014. Medicaid provides access to mental health services for our most vulnerable populations and is the largest payer for behavioral health services in the U.S. These services range from screening and treatment for children with ADHD or depression to post-partum mental health screenings for new moms and needed therapy for adults with developmental disabilities. With the rise in opioid abuse and addiction in Georgia, Medicaid provides a pathway to recovery and treatment for those with substance use disorders. We must unite together to take care of struggling community members by making sure that Georgians continue to have access to the mental health care that they need and the hope of achieving a peaceful mind.

You can help to ensure all Georgians have access to needed mental health services. Call Senator Isakson at 202-224-3643 and ask him to reject cuts to Medicaid and repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Visit protectourcarega.org  for more information and to take action!

 

 

#IamMedicaidGA: Older Adults

May is Older Adults Month, and whether we call them seniors, older adults, or the elderly, they are the carriers of our families’ histories, the teachers of our faith traditions, the ones who our sacred texts call “the wise” and “the elders.”  We are bound by our faith to care for and protect the generation who cared for and protected us. Yet, honoring that responsibility can be emotionally and financially trying for many Georgia families.

Georgia’s Medicaid program helps to relieve the stress and burden for many seniors and their families across the state. It helps to fill in the gaps left by Medicare, by covering the premiums and co-pays of more than 300,000 low-income Georgia seniors so they can use their limited resources for other needs like housing and food. Medicaid also covers services like homecare workers and home modifications that allow older adults to stay in their homes instead of moving to a costly institution. If the time comes when a higher level of care is needed, Medicaid is the primary payer for 75% of nursing home stays in Georgia, a service not covered by Medicare. Georgia’s Medicaid program provides the supports that ensure that seniors in our state can live dignified, comfortable and healthy lives in their later years. 

As members of the interfaith community, it is important that we support systems that help take care of our elders. You can help to protect the thousands of Georgia seniors who rely on Medicaid for their care and comfort today. Call Senator Isakson at 202-224-3643 and ask him to protect older adults in Georgia by rejecting cuts to Medicaid and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Visit protectourcarega.org for more information and to take action!

 

 

#IamMedicaidGA: Children in Foster Care

I am Medicaid GA - Children in Foster Care

All of the major faith traditions call for their members to protect children – especially the most vulnerable.  Sacred texts in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam command us to treat well the “fatherless” or “motherless” child; to take care of the “orphan;” and provide for the sick and the poor among us.

Did you know that in a given year, there are more than 12,000 children in foster care in Georgia?  Families who open their hearts to become foster families for children who have suffered abuse or neglect exemplify these sacred texts.  However, they do not always have the financial means to cover all of the child's needs on their own.

Medicaid plays an important role in the child welfare system by providing comprehensive health coverage to all children in foster care. This ensures that the amazing families who care for this vulnerable population of children can afford to take them to the doctor when needed without exhausting essential “daily living” resources.

Children in foster care often have critical health care needs as a result of traumatic childhood experiences. These needs could range from behavioral health to chronic conditions or developmental disabilities. Today, the Affordable Care Act requires that children in foster care are covered by Medicaid until the age of 26, so that they can grow to be thriving, healthy adults. Why would anyone want to change that?

The interfaith community plays an important role in speaking up on behalf of the needs of the children in Georgia. We must continue to put our faith in action and exemplify our respective sacred texts to protect our children from unnecessary harm and protect programs, like Medicaid, that provide the necessary support they need.

You can help to protect 12,000 of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens today. Call Senator Isakson at 202-224-3643 and ask him to protect foster children in Georgia by rejecting cuts to Medicaid and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Visit protectourcarega.org for more information and to take action!

 

Celebrate Moms by Helping Them Keep Their Medicaid

Interfaith Children’s Movement is a member of the Together Medicaid health care campaign to raise awareness within the greater faith community of the need to protect health care for Georgia’s children and vulnerable families.  While we understand that there is no perfect policy, we are concerned that the health care protections currently provided to Georgia’s children and families through Medicaid may be lost in the repeal and replacement process.

Therefore, we are promoting a Mother’s Day campaign to raise awareness of the phenomenal responsibility Georgia mothers carry as the primary caretakers of their children, their own aging mothers and the security of health care that Medicaid affords to them.  

This Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, we are asking you to share the "Moms Need Medicaid Flyer" and graphics on our social media pages.  Also below we have listed additional “actions to take” that will draw attention to the needs of Georgia mothers.  It is an opportunity to honor our mothers by advocating on their behalf and letting them know that we are paying attention to their real needs.

What actions are we asking you to take?

  • re-distribute the electronic copy of the informational leaflet to members of your network, through your faith community listserve and/or to the leaders and members within your ministry/organization;
  • have a moment of prayer/meditation at your Mother’s Day service for health care for our children and families in Georgia;
  • Share at least one Medicaid Advocacy message with your network on Mother's Day, May 14th;
  • tag @SenatorIsakson and @sendavidpurdue when you re-Tweet ICM’s Mother’s Day Twitter message or any twitter message with the #IamMedicaidGA hashtag; and
  • follow Interfaith Children’s Movement on Facebook  or Twitter for more information.

Call to Action: Email DHHS about tracking of preschool suspensions and expulsions

Please take action NOW!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed to remove the question that requires the recording of suspensions and expulsions of children in preschool from the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health.  One 2005 study reported that Georgia had at least 500 pre-k children expelled from school in one school year.  The number had to be estimated because the Georgia Department of Education does not officially record suspensions and expulsions for pre-kindergarten students.  Children are just “removed” from the program.

We know that early suspensions and expulsions from the learning environment make a child far more likely to have involvement in the juvenile justice system – becoming part of the school to prison pipeline.  Please use the links in the announcement from the Leadership Conference to send in your comment NOW and urge the Administration to retain this highly critical question in the survey.

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Personalize this sample comment and email it before midnight Thursday, May 11, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging them to retain the preschool suspension and expulsion question in the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health. This public data is essential for creating equitable supports for, and ensuring equitable treatment of, all children.

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What other states are doing to meet ESSA testing mandates. Why is Georgia Different?

In a recent op ed on the AJC Get Schooled blog, the author discussed the session times as being inappropriate for elementary and middle school age students.  CLICK HERE to read it.

In that article, there is a table (Download PDF) that discusses what other states are doing to meet ESSA mandates.  Additionally, there is a table that compares the 2017 Milestone testing session time for elementary and middle school children to college admission test requirements (Download PDF).

Our question is why are the Georgia Milestones testing session times longer than those in most other states?  Also, why are they longer than most college admission tests?

GA Milestone Testing Session Times Compared to Those In Other States that Meet ESSA Standards

GA Milestone Testing Session Times Compared to Those In Other States that Meet ESSA Standards

 

 

 

Pamela Perkins-Carn Speaks to the Atlanta Scientology Members about ICM's Work

A an address given at the Atlanta Scientology Center.

Video Can be Accessed Here

Transcript:

At the Interfaith Children’s Movement we are “inter-faith” in makeup and composition. Meaning we are a movement that calls all faith traditions to work together on behalf of Georgia’s children. Because let’s face it, we are responsible for a constituency here in Georgia of 2.5 million infinite futures.

It was just a few months ago at one of our interfaith gatherings that I happened to connect with members of your church. And your first response was “Here we are! What do you need?” Well, the next thing I knew, I had all of these great materials. I mean, they gave me a stack!

And when I saw your videos, I said to myself “We should be showing these!” They are extremely well done and very on-target for our kids. And on a personal level, this helps me to understand the work, the purpose and mission of the Church.

And on a community level, I see that you are focused on creating synergy. Your focus is on study, on handling drug abuse, and on providing messages to youth about how to be understanding, compassionate and moral—and all of these lead to positive outcomes. And so you could say that the Church of Scientology is an excellent example of putting faith into action.

I have always had a vision in my work to be able to sit down at a table with fellow brothers and sisters who share a passion for humanity. And that is something that’s unique about Scientology—you’re not “apart from.” Quite the difference. Between your advocacy work and the basic tenets of the Church, you are all about building in to. You are already engaged. It’s only a matter of “What cause do we direct our energy towards?”

So welcome! Welcome to the great work of improving the well-being of Georgia’s children. And let’s dedicate our best selves to the cause of children, the cause of youth. Working together, let us create a movement of faith communities so that a new day may dawn for every child across Atlanta and all of Georgia.

Thank you so much. 

 

 

 

Youth Leadership and Social Justice Camp Opportunity for Teens

UUCA Youth Leadership and Social Justice Camp is a week-long  program that provides teens ages 14 to 18 with a unique summer opportunity to interact with a diverse group of youth who come together to build a community based on inclusivity, respect, and understanding. 

The camp brings together diverse young people to explore the challenges and rewards of building community amongst people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Young people become leaders in service to the mission of fighting bias, bigotry, and racism by promoting understanding between all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, relationship building and education. The realities of their lives are addressed throughout the week in a safe, supportive and respectful environment in which they share their experiences, values, conflicts, challenges, hopes, and dreams.  

During the week staff facilitate the youth experience of diversity and community building through discussion groups and sessions on leadership, race relations and racism, sexism and gender issues, heterosexism and gay identity, and building community in uncertain times. The youth are provided the opportunity to share cultural pride, personal talent, and spiritual heritage.

It’s also a great way for the youth to use their camp experience for college applications and to continue developing their leadership skills by becoming a youth staff the following year.  

Here’s a link to the brochure: http://tinyurl.com/UUCA-Youth-Camp-Brochure-2017  

Here’s a link to the application: http://tinyurl.com/UUCA-Youth-Camp!

GNETS Feedback Meetings

The Georgia Department of Education is in the preliminary stages of drafting a new state rule governing the GNETS program and services, and they want to hear from Georgia families.

The DOE is hosting four regional feedback meetings to get your input on the proposed draft rule regarding how Georgia provides supports for behavioral-related disabilities and the current GNETS programs.

Click here for details.

Help Us Bring Awareness to Child Abuse: Pinwheels for Prevention

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

ICM is calling on organizations and faith communities to hold pinwheel planting events bring awareness to the problem and to honor those who work to prevent child abuse. 

ICM will provide 20 pinwheels to get you started. You just need to schedule a time and take pictures of your event.  Click here to sign up to receive your pinwheels.

 

ICM Advoacy Alert for February 22, 2017

ICM ADVOCACY ALERT: HB 86 TO BE HEARD ON THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS MORNING (2/22/17)

HUMAN TRAFFICKING/CHILD PROTECTION:  House Bill 86 (Rep. Oliver, 82nd)

BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 19-7-5 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to reporting of child abuse, so as to expand the definition of sexual abuse to include acts involving trafficking a person for sexual servitude; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

ADVOCACY ASK:  Contact your State House Representative by 10:00 a.m. and encourage a "YES" vote on the passage of this bill.

 

ICM ADVOCACY ALERT:  HEARINGS TODAY ON BILLS OF INTEREST

JUVENILE JUSTICE: House Bill 116 (substitute) (Rep. Reeves, 34th)  Hearing Scheduled TODAY with House Judiciary Non-Civil Full Committee at 1:30 pm., Room 132 Capitol Building

This is a substitute to the original bill filed: 

To amend Chapter 11 of Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the Juvenile Code, so as to provide the superior court with exclusive original jurisdiction for cases involving aggravated assault upon a peace officer or correctional officer involving the use of a firearm and aggravated battery upon a peace officer or correctional officer; to allow a superior court the discretion to transfer such cases back to juvenile court; to clarify the definitions of a class A or class B designated felony act in light of the jurisdictional changes; to add aggravated assault upon an emergency health worker as a class A designated felony; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

This bill adds additional offenses to what is commonly known as "SB 440."   "SB 440" relates to offenses by which children as young as 13 automatically can be tried as adults in superior court.  

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE: House Bill 67 (substitute) (Rep. Boddie, 62nd) Hearing Scheduled TODAY with House Judiciary Non-Civil Full Committee at 1:30 pm., Room 132 Capitol Building

This is a substitute to the original bill filed:

To amend Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to crimes and offenses, so as to designate the existing crime of highjacking a motor vehicle as being in the first degree and create a new crime of highjacking a motor vehicle in the second degree; to provide for penalties; to change provisions relating to burglary in the second degree involving a vehicle; to amend the Official Code of Georgia Annotated to provide for conforming cross-references; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

This bill creates a new criminal offense and corresponding penalties for offenses which, according to the bill sponsor, are committed primarily by young people ages 17 to 25.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM LEGISLATION

Hearings Scheduled TODAY in Senate Judiciary Sub-Committee B, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 4:00 p.m., 307 CLOB

SB 174 by Sen. Kennedy, 18th, Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform; reform for individuals supervised under accountability courts; provide (LC 29 7414EC)

SB 175 by Sen. Kennedy, 18th Juvenile Code; juvenile court proceedings; enact reforms (LC 29 7390EC)

SB 176 by Sen. Kennedy, 18th, Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform; driving privileges; enact reforms (LC 29 7386EC)

 

PARENTAL NURTURE:  Senate Bill 201 (B. Miller, 49th) 

The Family Care Act has been assigned to the Senate Labor and Insurance Committee.

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 1 of Title 34 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions relative to labor and industrial relations, so as to  allow employees to use sick leave for the care of immediate family members; to provide for definitions; to provide for conditions to take leave; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

ADVOCACY ASK:  Please contact members of Insurance and Labor and  encourage them to "DO PASS" SB 201 out of committee. 

ICM Advocacy Alert for February 13, 2017

LEGISLATIVE BILLS FOR YOUR ATTENTION

JUVENILE JUSTICE: House Bill 116 (Rep. Reeves, 34th)

Hearing Scheduled (TODAY) with House Judiciary Non-Civil Full Committee, Monday, February 13, 1:30 pm., Room 406 Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB)

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 11 of Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the Juvenile Code, so as to provide the superior court with exclusive original jurisdiction for cases involving aggravated assault involving the use of a firearm and aggravated battery upon certain individuals; to allow a superior court the discretion to transfer such cases back to juvenile court; to clarify the definitions of a class A or class B designated felony act in light of the jurisdictional changes; to add aggravated assault upon an emergency health worker as a class A designated felony; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

This bill adds additional offenses to what is commonly known as "SB 440."   "SB 440" relates to offenses by which children can be automatically tried as adults in superior court. Extensive testimony for significantly amending this bill was given Friday, February 10, by the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, the Southern Center for Human Rights and other child advocates.  Some of the concerns included the broad nature of these offenses; the bill's potential to create an unintended dragnet for children who do not pose a danger to society; the direction of juvenile justice reform in recognizing the science and research which recommend limiting children's encounters with the adult correctional system for better life outcomes; and the existing remedies in current law for appealing a juvenile court judge's decision re transferring/not transferring a juvenile case to superior court.

 JUVENILE JUSTICE: HB 9 (Blackmon, 146th)

Hearing Scheduled (TODAY) with House Judiciary Non-Civil Full Committee, Monday, February 13, 1:30 pm., Room 406 Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB)

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 1 of Article 3 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to wiretapping, eavesdropping, surveillance, and related offenses, so as to prohibit the use of a device to film under or through a person's clothing under certain circumstances; to provide for definitions; to provide for exceptions; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING:  Senate Bill 39 (Sen. Unterman, 45th)

Hearing Scheduled with Senate Judiciary Subcommittee A, 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 4:00 p.m. in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB)

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 16-6-13 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to penalties for violating Code Sections 16-6-9 through 16-6-12, so as to increase the penalty provisions relating to pimping and pandering; to amend Code Section 42-1-12 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the State Sexual Offender Registry, so as to require registration on the State Sexual Offender Registry when an individual is convicted for the second time for pandering; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Members of Senate Judiciary Subcommittee A:

Sen. William Ligon (3rd), Chair - (404) 463-1383

Sen. Blake Tillery (19th), Secretary - (404) 656-0089

Sen. Hunter Hill (6th) - (404) 463-2518

Sen. Elena Parent (42nd) - (404) 656-5109

Sen. Vincent Fort (39th) - (404) 656-5091

Sen. Jesse Stone (23rd), Ex-Officio - (404) 463-1314

Sen. Bill Cowsert (46th), Ex-Officio - (404) 463-1366

ADVOCACY ASK - CALL SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS TODAY: Please pass SB 39 out of Subcommittee for a full Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

 

EDUCATION:  House Bill 338 (Rep. Tanner, 9th) 

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 20 of the O.C.G.A., relating to education, so as to provide for system of supports and assistance for low-performing schools identified as in the greatest need of assistance; to provide for an Education Turnaround Advisory Council; to provide for the creation of the Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process; to revise provisions relating to contracts for strategic waivers school systems; to revise provisions relating to charters for charter systems; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 

HB 338 is the replacement for the Opportunity School District legislation that failed to receive a constitutional amendment in November 2016.  A possible "hearing only" by the House Education Committee, Thursday, February 16.

Join us on March 21st for the Protecting Children Workshop

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, The Interfaith Children's Movement and The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy want to invite you to the Protecting Children Workshop on March 21, 2017 from 11am - 2pm at The Temple, 1529 Peachtree Street, Atlanta GA 30309.

This free educational event is designed to help all communities create safer and healthier environments for our children and youth.

Included will be:

  • Discussion on creating child safety policies for your organization
  • More information on mandated reporting policies and prevent programs like Stewards of Children and the Interfaith Children’s Movement
  • How to use prevention, policies and training to lower insurance costs

Lunch Included

Click here to Register

Legislative Session Prayer: Day 4

"Thank you for this day. Thank you for your mercies. Lord I asked that you bless our children, Lord protect them from the enemy. Provide shelter for families. Lord I pray for provision and protection for them. I pray that you give them wisdom and courage, go before them Lord lead them to a path that will help them to become all that you would have them to be. I pray that you will open their eyes and help them to see how special they are in your sight. Give them a thirst and a desire to know YOU better Lord. Lord I ask that you have mercy on those that are living in fear, have mercy on the children that go to bed hungry and have no hope for themselves. Lord bless them in your name I pray. AMEN."

Legislative Session Prayer: Day 3

From the Book of Common Prayer
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President and President-Elect of the United States, the Governor of this State, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month. ICM stresses mentoring as a basic component of improving child well-being.

Here are some stats about the effectiveness of mentoring:

  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
  • One of the strongest benefits from mentoring is a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms. (The Role of Risk, 2013)

Here are some great Georgia organizations that are always seeking mentors:

If you want to learn more about the impact mentoring can have on children, you may want to attend the National Mentoring Summit.  Click here for more details.

 

 

Celebrate Georgia Gives Day with ICM on November 17th

Georgia Gives Day is another opportunity to turn your donations into very tangible advocacy for Georgia's children.  ICM is asking that you take a few moments and donate a few dollars.

Click here to Donate.

Through the month of November, donations of $25 or more through the Georgia Gives Day will entitle you to a one year membership to ICM. 

Bishop Wright's Challenge for 30 Days of Prayer

Bishop Robert C. Wright challenged attendees at ICM’s 16th “Call to Action Prayer Breakfast” to pray for children for 30 days.  His challenge calls upon everyone to enact a basic spiritual practice of all faiths: prayer.

   The challenge was to each individual in the room.  This is something everyone can do as an act of faith and compassion.  The challenge was also to faith communities to encourage their members to focus prayerfully on the realities of children for 30 days.

   We know the saying “prayer changes things.”  We come to know the truth of this saying through praying.  Prayer changes us.  And as we are changed, we are more empowered to care for children.

   Expressing to God our hearts’ concerns, hopes, laments, joys, and desires for guidance in advocacy for children is not only a challenge, it is a privilege.  Is there any reason to not pray for children for 30 days?  A future of greater awareness and assurance awaits us.

Click here to Submit Your Prayer

Ask Before You Book

Interfaith Children’s Movement Launches Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking Campaign to Raise Awareness in the Hospitality Industry

     Interfaith Children’s Movement has launched a state-wide campaign called, “Ask Before You Book,” to raise awareness within the interfaith community and the hospitality industry of the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in Georgia. The campaign asks faith communities to pose three basic questions to potential lodging facilities prior to booking their conference, convention, meeting or other activity:

 

-       Does your company have a formal written policy in its annual report against human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children? 

-       Does your company provide annual anti-human trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation of children awareness and response training for its employees? 

-       Does your company include anti-human trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation of children messaging in each lodging facility’s brochures?

 

“ICM believes that if the interfaith community begins to ask these questions, then the hospitality industry will begin to respond with a movement towards making their lodgings safer places for all children,” says Pamela Perkins Carn, coordinator of the Interfaith Children’s Movement.

Studies have shown that anywhere from 250 to 500 girls are sold for sex each month in Georgia. The average age of entry for a child into the commercial sex trade is 12 - 14 years old. A 2010 study by The Shapiro Group, reported that on average, 7,200 men knowingly or unknowingly purchase adolescent females for sex each month in Georgia. 

 In 2011, metropolitan Atlanta possessed the seventh largest supply of U.S. hotel rooms. “Many of our children are victimized in the hotels, motels and other lodging facilities that highlight our cities’ skylines and populate our highways and communities. The hospitality industry can play a key role in arresting the continued victimization of our children,” said Perkins Carn. 

To order "Ask Before You Book" awareness cards, please open and complete the order form and e-mail toinfo@interfaithchildrensmovement.org.

Some things that the Hospitality Industry can do to help:

-  Comply with Georgia law and post the National Human Trafficking Hotline posting (HB 141).

-  Post the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-3737-888) in their brochures and on their bedroom and bathroom telephones.

-  Provide mandatory anti-human trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation of children awareness and response training to their employees and contracted transportation providers.

-  Make a public statement in their annual reports against human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

-  Support legislation that protects children from victimization.

-  Cooperate with law enforcement in their efforts to apprehend perpetrators.

-  Sign onto The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct.