SEE.
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COLLECTIVE STORYTELLING

 our studies

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CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATION

 kent county human trafficking task force

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CREATIVE POSSIBILITY

 impact groups & strategy

creating a future free from human trafficking

“If you love your community, then you need to be insisting on justice in all circumstances.” Bryan Stevenson

story collective : a night for freedom

2.25.19

 

“maybe stories are just data with a sOUL” Brene Brown

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On Monday February 25 we gathered to experience the power of story and watch art create beauty out of what was once broken. To learn about the story of exploitation in our community in the illicit massage industry in Grand Rapids. We highlight the important role each person and organization in our community has in being a part of the solution to end exploitation. The small, daily actions done by individuals, combined with the actions of businesses, community, and organizations; all together make up the larger, bold movement of prevention, decreasing demand and increasing care for victims.

 
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SEE.

Solutions to End Exploitation (SEE.) is cultivating innovative solutions to fight human trafficking and exploitation. SEE. listens to the trauma experienced by the exploited, and amplifies their collective voice. The data speaks.  Compassion driven solutions are birthed from the stories echoing in our streets.

 The voices represented in the research leverages a collaborative spirit to work across business, criminal justice, human service, neighbors, philanthropy, government, nonprofit, faith, and education sectors to achieve significant and lasting change.  Relationships create a network to engage in cooperative, strategic activity to disrupt and end human trafficking.  

1000+

victims

estimates show over 1,000 individuals were victims of online sex trafficking in the Grand Rapids area in 2016

 

90%

minors 

 of those interviewed in Grand Rapids reported being first trafficked as a minor

 
 

15

years of age

the average age of entry into commercial sex trade in the (616) area code

 

VOICES ON THE STREETS

"I’ve   been   beat   up   by   my   pimp   and   I am  tired   but   I have   no   place   to   go."

More Quotes

 

 

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The Data Project

A ground breaking data driven research report on the prevalence of commercial sexual exploitation (sex trafficking) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” 
― Dorothy Day

 

Research

We work with our collaborative partners to collect data so that we can combat human trafficking through information. Data informs how we implement strategy for prevention, intervention and treatment.
 

COnnect

We seek to foster a space to build connectivity for solutions. We want to connect cross sector leaders, leverage survivors voices, engage volunteers with opportunities, raise awareness, and in the end recognize  relationships are a force for change. 

collaborate

Partners can learn and work with one another through cross-sector collaboration. SEE. seeks to bring together cross-sector leaders to coordinate and build relationships that will be a powerful force against human trafficking. 
 

POSSIBILITY

Change comes through creative strategic action.  Data  informed strategy will educate, inspire, and move our community to act and mobilize the movement to end human exploitation. 

 
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