Nearly 200 people helped AAACTS at SOAP UP Super Bowl Atlanta at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on Sunday, January 27. Volunteers participated in DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) awareness training by survivor, author and advocate Theresa Flores, founder of SOAP. After labeling soap and makeup remover wipes teams of four delivered them to local hotels and motels. Over 91% of the hotels took the soap and agreed to post materials including a missing children’s poster and materials on how to recognize and report child sex trafficking victims. Almost immediately we saw favorable results, three children were recognized by hotel staff and law enforcement is following up. In addition a missing 16 year old local girl was identified and rescued.

AAACTS has additional exciting plans for the future. Again this year we will provide backpacks and school supplies for Georgia DMST survivors. In the fall we will host a program, Keeping Kids Safe in the Digital Age. This event is for middle school and high school students and their parents.

AA Synagogue is happy to announce the establishment of the Linda Bressler AAACTS Fund through a generous donation from her family. This fund is now available for donations which will enable us to continue and grow our awareness, advocacy and action to abolish child sex trafficking in our community.

If you would like to join AAACTS in this important work please contact the Co-Chairs: Linda Bressler (lindafb@bellsouth.net); Margie Eden (margie.eden22@gmail.com).