Savannah Interagency Diversity Council (SIDC) partnered with Armstrong State University to host “Savannah Traffick Jam” for January’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The event took place from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at The Armstrong Center, located at 13040 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia.
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.
Admission to the entire community-wide event, which was attended by approximately three hundred and fifty residents, was free of charge. If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bill Gettis at (912) 398-1343. You may also contact us through the SIDC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Savannah-Interagency-Diversity-Council-523730351091794/.
SAVANNAH TRAFFICK JAM 2016
From left to right: SIDC member Ms. Nic Roberts of the U.S. Attorney's Office, SIDC Chair Mr. Bill Gettis of ATF, Georgia Attorney General Mr. Sam Olens, SIDC members Mr. Craig Butts of Unity in the Community, Ms. Heidi Benhke of Georgia Legal Services and Ms. Jennifer Sotomayor of Safe Shelter.
Mr. Sam Olens
Georgia Attorney General
Masters of Ceremony
Ms. Elizabeth Rawlins
Multi-Media Journalist WTOC-TV
Savannah Traffick Jam 2016
Mr. Doug Styles E93 FM Radio DJ