Mr. Sam Olens
Georgia Attorney General
Savannah Interagency Diversity Council (SIDC) partnered with Savannah State University to host “Savannah Traffick Jam” for January’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The event took place from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at The Student Union Ballroom, located at Savannah State University.
SIDC is a local, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of representatives from over twenty federal, state and local organizations. Its mission is to promote appreciation of social and cultural diversity in Savannah, while supporting community efforts to provide for the inclusion of all residents.
Human Trafficking is a multi-dimensional crime that may involve forced sex acts, labor exploitation, violence, fraud and immigration schemes. “Savannah Traffick Jam” was a response to the discoveries unearthed in Operation Dark Night, a recent large-scale human trafficking case that took place in our community. The goals for this dynamic public event were to educate the community about the presence of human trafficking in Savannah, to teach participants the signs that fellow residents, including adults and children, may be victims of this crime and to explain the resources that government and local organizations are providing to address this growing Savannah community concern.
The Attorney General of Georgia, Mr. Sam Olens, gave the keynote address at the event. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, Mr. Edward J. Tarver, also spoke. Additional speakers included two human trafficking survivors, Ms. Lanie George and Ms. Anna Malika, who shared their stories. “Savannah Traffick Jam” also included panel discussions with law enforcement and community service agency representatives, film screenings, youth workshops and a resource fair. Performances from several local community groups, including the Savannah Arts Academy Skylarks chorus and The South Indies also engaged the audience. Salsa Savannah provided free salsa dance lessons from noon – 3pm.