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Kosair Charities Partners with Safe Passage to Support Trafficked Youth

Louisville, KY— October 27, 2021 — Child trafficking is real and is happening in our community. Today Kosair Charities announced the inaugural grant of $40,000 to Safe Passage to help end and prevent child trafficking.

When youth have been kidnapped, sold, threatened, branded, and horrendously trafficked, Safe Passage steps in with long term mentorship and support services. The organization is also on the frontlines of prevention for youth with their “Raise the Standard” prevention program reaching over 800 youth annually. The program partners with schools and youth agencies to educate students about sexual abuse and human trafficking in hopes to reach students before traffickers do. Safe Passage is the only organization in Louisville supporting trafficked and at-risk youth through long-term survivor mentorship, which is a trauma-informed best practice.

“Kentucky has some of the highest risk-factors in the nation. Kentucky is #1 for child abuse and neglect, we have over 10,000 children in the child welfare and foster care system, and we rank among the top ten worst states for opioid and drug use. All of these factors are interrelated when it comes to child trafficking,” said Cara “In a recent 12-state sting (Operation United Front) Kentucky had the most arrests (46) and rescues (21), yet some people still don't believe we have a human trafficking problem.”

As a Kosair Charities Face It Movement, and Prevent Child Abuse KY, partner, Safe Passage knows the importance of supporting today’s victims while also working to prevent additional children from being victimized tomorrow. Safe Passage partners with several residential homes to provide programming for Louisville’s most vulnerable youth.

“This partnership and inaugural grant will provide mentorship and support services to youth impacted by child trafficking. It will also support Safe Passage’s prevention program, which is provided to schools, youth agencies, and group homes,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “We know from Safe Passage that some of these kids would not be alive if it weren’t for them and it is a privilege to support this critical work.”  

MEDIA NOTE: To schedule a time to interview either Keith Inman or Cara Starns, contact Lindsay Wehr, lwehr@kosair.org.

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Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit kosair.org.

Safe Passage supports trafficked and high-risk children through Christ-centered, trauma-informed and specialized services relevant to trafficking recovery. We are working to ensure that every trafficked and high-risk child is empowered to overcome the adverse effects of trauma and step into a hope-filled life. For more information, please visit safepassageky.org.

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