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19 Jul 2016

youthSpark Ignites Change

A wonderful and enlightening thing happened to me today—I walked into the Juvenile Justice Department Building on Pryor Street and into the office of youthSpark. As a journalist for well over 20 years, the stories of child trafficking were all too familiar. But, what became…

19 Jul 2016

youthSpark Ambassador & Volunteer Orientation

This orientation is required of all our volunteers. In this class, you will learn about our organization, understand what a victim-centered approach entails, and how we use that in our advocacy, support, and research. We anticipate the orientation will last approximately 2 hours. This orientation…

27 Jun 2016

Welcome Reception for Mandela Washington Young African Leaders

Voices from Georgia to Africa Please join youthSpark in a welcome reception for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows. This prestigious fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which empowers young professionals through leadership training and networking.  Fellows have established records…

23 Jun 2016

Games & Giving: A Fundraiser for Safe Harbor

Games and Cocktails For a Cause Join hosts Taylor Anderson and Christopher Wilbanks for a fun evening of cocktails and casino-style games to raise funds for United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Safe Harbor YES campaign. Why is this campaign so important? Because Safe Harbor YES…

Bridget Smith
16 Jun 2016

The Need for Human Rights Action

Editor’s note: the following blog post was written by Bridget Smith, a policy and research intern at youthSpark. This summer Bridget is working on assessing Georgia’s policy gaps in combating youth sex trafficking, as well as helping to coordinate a research study on offenders. As…

13 Jun 2016

What the Dumpster Can Teach Us in the Turner Rape Case

This article was originally published by Psychology Today. It is reprinted here by permission. By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. Ever since I heard the news about Brock Turner’s rape of a young woman, I have found myself fixated on one thing. No, not Brock’s hideous…

02 Jun 2016

Taking a Stand Against Sex Trafficking

Editor’s note: the following blog post was written by Shivika Kandhal, an intern at youthSpark. This summer Shivika will be working on research studies with youthSpark, as well as assisting with programs. We are grateful for her service! Growing up in an affluent suburb of…

29 May 2016

#TellYourTruth PSA on Trafficked Boys

Check out this amazing PSA that a group of videography students at North Atlanta High School created on an often-overlooked aspect of human trafficking: the commercial sexual exploitation of boys. We were proud to have the opportunity to meet with these talented youth and educate…

08 Feb 2016

Stopping the Sexual Exploitation of Children

This article first appeared in the 2016 Junior League Newsletter. It is reprinted here with permission from the Junior League of Atlanta. LST Barbara Rose has been actively involved in stopping the sexual exploitation of children for decades. We want to congratulate her on work…