Did you know that Florida ranks 3rd in the nation for reported cases of human trafficking? That’s one of the many interesting things that the nearly 85 viewers learned at this week’s screening of the moving documentary “Invisible”, produced by Place of Hope and hosted by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the FAU Institute for Peace, Justice & Human Rights.
The screening was followed by an informative Q&A with local experts including (from left): Laura Cusack, Place of Hope’s Human Trafficking Prevention & Education Coordinator; Cali S., human trafficking survivor/advocate and member of the Broward Human Trafficking Coalition; Alex Ortiz, Director of Business Development at Child Rescue Coalition; and Dr. Calli Cain, Assistant Professor and human trafficking educator.
Abigail Howard, Criminal Justice undergraduate student, was recently named a 2019 Woman of Distinction by Soroptimist International for her work to combat human trafficking. The organization works to improve the lives of women and girls through supporting programs and people who are leading to social and economic empowerment.
Nominated by Dr. Calli Cain, Assistant Professor, Abigail was selected from five nominees in the Education category as a 2019 Woman of Distinction for her work to combat human trafficking. She has written a play on human trafficking called “Only One”, which will run at 2 PM and again at 6 PM on February 9, 2020 in the FAU University Theatre. Abigail also runs her own non-profit organization, Project Micah 6:8, which partners with safe houses that care and support survivors of human sex trafficking.
The awards ceremony was hosted at Boca West Country Club with approximately 300 people in attendance. Congratulations, Abigail!