Imagine what it would be like if you, or your entire civic service group could help directly stop the flow of human and child trafficking victims to traffickers? The number of human and child trafficking victims in both your community, and country would drop significantly, right? Fortunately, you don’t have to use your imagination anymore-it’s a reality.
Child Safety Incorporated, in conjunction with Change.Org, Law enforcement, and numerous human and child trafficking organizations. These abolitionist advocacy groups will now be able to stop the flow of victims from their homes BEFORE they reach the traffickers. This program will also enhance the safety and security of the individuals and groups that choose to donate a Family Protection Program to a trafficking organization, or low-income family.
Republished from Change.org
Last week, I challenged Change.org readers to combat trafficking by donating a Child Safety Incorporated (CSI) card to an anti-trafficking organization. Almost immediately, Sean Spellecy, the founder of CSI, decided to bring this action to life in a real, tangible way. With his support, Change.org members are concretely preventing kids from reaching traffickers — and you can join them.
The CSI cards include a USB that parents can use to compile useful information, such as a child’s friends, pictures, blood type and medication. In the event that a child goes missing, over 100,000 law enforcement officials will be notified within ten minutes.
Purchasing a card also signs the child up for the family protection program, which sponsors a $10,000 reward for a missing child’s return. This plan, if distributed to probation officers and social workers responsible for high-risk children and teens, could be instrumental to preventing these kids from reaching traffickers.
Starting this week, users who buy a card for a child in their life now have the option to donate a card online to a trafficking group within their state, or to an anonymous low-income family in their community. These families and organizations can sign up for the program with the click of a mouse — and several abolitionist groups already have. There is also a financial incentive for individual families to buy a second card for a family in need: CSI will offer the second card for 50% off, and a free CSI Travel Card (bringing the whole package to $150). On an even more impressive scale, if a large trafficking organization decides to host a “Family Protection Program Against Human Trafficking” drive, CSI members will fly to the group’s headquarters to assist with the campaign at their own expense.
“We believe this program could really have a big impact on the supply chain of potential trafficking victims,” Spellecy said in an interview.
He also stressed the fact that having just a few large trafficking organizations sign on to the program could make a concrete difference in preventing missing kids from falling intro trafficking. Police officers in Oklahoma experienced with missing children cases, told CSI that with their protection program, the chances that a runaway or missing child will be successfully returned increases to 80% (under the Amber Alert, the officers said, the rate is roughly 30-35%.) Additionally, CSI has long-term plans to use their funds to build 50-bed shelters in large cities, ultimately attacking trafficking from every angle.
Child Safety, Inc. was launched in July of 2010 in Tulsa, OK by Sean Spellecy. “As a school principaI I got tired of saying, ‘I’m sorry, I wish there was something more we could do.'”At CSI Our motto is: “Total Life Security”. We have a multi-phased protection program to enhance safety for families and organizations.
Social Media ‘Re-Invention’ for Tulsa Television Station
Unless you have been living under a rock the past three years you know that network news and traditional media like newspapers, radio and TV have struggled to maintain viewers, listeners and advertisers.
Many of the “old dogs” criticized the new media masters but one local Tulsa Network has embraced it. Flashback 14 months ago when Fox23.com Tulsa decided to take their Social Media public. “Fox 23 had the most to gain by going social,” says Mandy Vavrinak whose team lead the charge in coaching the news room to new media success. With Vavrinak’s help Fox 23 began Tweeting, Facebook-ing & YouTube-ing and if the ratings are any indication-that was the right choice.
Mandy gives more of an insider view of how the entire strategy and process unfolded on her website mandyvavrinak.com.
Many of the “old school” networks were laying off anchors hoping to survive the recession. One of those casualties was News channel 8 anchor CindyWMorrion.com from KTUL TV. Cindy was part of team Vavrinak that lead the “re-invention” operation at the Fox 23 station, the “re-invention” platform would become Cindy’s launching pad for her new speaking career and book tour.
Fox 23 Tulsa uses social media to stay connected with fans and has on more than one occasion used social media to not only break stories but to find stories. When you visit the Fox 23 GET SOCIALportion of the website you can follow all the anchors and staff on Facebook and Twitter with several easy clicks. Or if you want to go hardcore community reporter and Tweet potential stories to the entire Fox 23 news room you can follow the entire team on Twitter here > http://twitter.com/FOX23/anchors-reporters
You can get Fox 23 on your iphone, droid, blackberry, through text alerts, email alerts, on other smart phones and mobile devices. What will this look like in the future? Tune in to Day Break Tulsa Monday January 10th to hear Pamala Kennedy Chestnut, author of More Than Rice.com talk about her new book and Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Tulsa. Fox 23 has covered the issue of human trafficking a lot in the past year and may continue to cover it more and more as the issue becomes more clear to Oklahomans.
No doubt the future of news has changed. The way people get their news, consume it, share it and store has forever changed and will continue to change. Fox 23 Tulsa is a good example of a company that is evolving and re-inventing with new technology to stay connected with current and new customers.
Check back with us soon when we will update you on the real numbers from Nielsen services on the numbers for Tulsa’s television stations and other media outlets.
What effect do you think social media has had on traditional media? How can “old school” media re-invent themselves? Can it? Does it need to happen? What will the future look like? Please leave us your thoughts in the comment section and your Twitter @ so we can follow you and can keep the conversation going.
In observance of Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day & Global Human Trafficking Awareness Week.
The Tulsa community is coming together to: be educated about human trafficking, to network and be motivated to end human trafficking everywhere. Did you know there are twice as many slaves today as there were in Abraham Lincoln’s time? The people of Tulsa want to change that statistic, starting with their own state. -Thirty million people are trafficked for sex globally each year. -Three Million of those are children and 200,000 of those children are right here in the USA. This makes the United States the world’s #1 Sex tourism destination.
This will be a great opportunity to do some great networking with people and organizations that are making a difference. Mark Elam, Founder and CEO of OATH Coalition (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) and named by the FBI as Oklahoman of the Year for his work in the fight to end human trafficking. Mark is actively working with victims, victim’s organizations and legislators to end trafficking in Oklahoma and beyond. Mark’s work has been influential in shaping how other states address their trafficking issues. http://OATHCoalition.org/ Jason Weis, Jason is the National Walk Director for Stop Child Trafficking Now based out of New York, NY Jason and his wife Kristin felt the call to end human trafficking in 2008 and came to Tulsa to attend Victory Bible Institute. Since then they have worked actively with SCT Now to go after the demand side of human trafficking. http://SCTNow.org/ Jason has been successful receiving media coverage and spreading awareness and mobilizing college students and young adults for the cause.
Nationally recognized author and former Mrs. California, Pamala Kennedy Chestnut in her fourth book and first novel takes the reader on a “Journey Through The Underworld of Human Trafficking” but doesn’t leave the reader hanging in turmoil-the call to action motivates the reader to do something now to make a difference in their world. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a photo with Pamala and pick up several autographed copies of her new novel. http://MoreThanRice.com/
Child Safety, Inc. Sean Spellecy (former Oklahoma school principal) is the Founder & CEO of CSI a patented technology that keeps children and families safe. http://ChildSafetyIncorp.com/
Bring your business cards, sip some tea or cappuccino, meet some new friends and learn how to make a difference to end human trafficking.
Daniel Kleefeld’s music has touched thousands around the world. Enjoy the music of Daniel Kleefeld as you network and learn how to end human trafficking in our generation. http://www.kleefeld.com/
Fox 23’s Day Break will be featuring several of the participants on their morning show January the 10th so be sure to tune in to Fox23.com. For more on how Tulsa is working with local law enforcement to solve this problem and be a model city
Thanks to our Sponsors: Agora Coffee, Gallagher Wellness Center, OATH Coalition, Stop Child Trafficking Now Tulsa, Pamala Kennedy Chestnut, author of More Than Rice, Daniel Kleefeld, Child Safety, Inc., Lauri Rottmayer, The Mrs. Oklahoma Pageant, Hearts of Confidence, The Tulsa Food Blog & M3 New Media. Online Event Registration > HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay.com
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Tulsa to Come Together to Observe Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day Tuesday, January 11, 2011
On Tuesday, January 11, Tulsa organizations are coming together to observe Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Executive orders signed by President Bush and President Obama make January 11 the National Day of Observation that coincides with the Global Observance Day. Citizens united for a safer Oklahoma are coming together with twelve Tulsa area organizations to raise awareness, educate the public and alert the media about how Oklahomans can respond in 2011.
Thirty million people are trafficked for sex globally each year-3 million of those are children and 200,000 of those children are right here in the USA. This makes the United States the world’s #1 sex tourism destination. Oklahoma is caught in the crossfire and is a major trafficking destination and casualty because of the highway systems.
At 2 pm there will be a Press Conference hosted for local media. Each organization will have an announcement for the media followed by a time of Q & A. The Press Conference and Event will be at Agora Coffeehouse 4959 S. 79th E. Ave, Tulsa, OK 74145. Exhibitors from each organization will be on hand with information and representatives at the Press Conference and the Evening Public Forum from 6-7:30 pm. RSVP on Facebook.
Here is a snap shot of 4 of the 12 organizations that will be on hand sharing information with the public: Mark Elam, Founder and CEO of O.A.T.H. Coalition (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) Mark has been named by the FBI as Oklahoman of the Year for his work in the fight to end human trafficking. Mark is actively working victim’s organizations and legislators to end trafficking in Oklahoma.
Jason Weis, National Walk Director for Stop Child Trafficking Now, New York, NY. SCTNow focuses on the demand side of child trafficking by infiltrating, investigating & implementing investigations leading to the arrest, prosecution & conviction of child sexual predators. Sean Spellecy, Founder & CEO,Child Safety, Inc. CSI is a patented technology that keeps children & families safe. Sean’s team will be on hand to talk about the sex offender registry & how to keep your family safe with technology.
Media RSVP’s please contact Michael Butler about Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day-Tulsa
Pamala Kennedy Chestnut, Author of Novel: More Than Rice, a Journey through the Underworld of Human Trafficking. As a local novelist and global conference speaker Pamala shares the stories of the girls who have been trafficked and not only helps the reader understand how it happens but challenges the reader to make a difference.
Press Contact: Michael D. Butler, Sr, M3 New Media
Every Christmas we see the red kettle and hear the bells ringing. Maybe we throw a few bucks in and say “thanks.” Thanks to the person standing in the cold ringing the bell and a “thank-you” to God above that Christmas is already hiding in the closet for our 4 kids. This year in Tulsa, the group Social Media Tulsa gives back by hosting Tweet For Toys <see full story via PR Web here.
Cheryl Lawson has spear-headed most of the events for Tulsa Social Media every since the first one launched globally on June, 30, 2010 by Mashable’s founder Pete Cashmore. Cheryl and and several of the groups members decided in October that it would be great for the group to “give-back” for Christmas. Click on the Tweet For Toys link above and see Lindsay with @SalArmyTulsa talk about the Tweet For Toys campaign in Tulsa.
There have been many Re-tweets and write-ups online about the Tweet for Toys event.
“The Salvation Army Facebook Page features a customized application for the Angel Giving Tree, a program presented by JCPenney that provides clothes and gifts for children and senior citizens. This year, Facebook users can participate, share their stores, and invite others to become fans of the cause on their Facebook page. And in Tulsa, the Salvation Army partnered with Social Media Tulsa to launch Tweet4Toys, a toy drive for needy children that banks on Twitter for its primary means of promotion. Participants are encouraged to use the #Tweet4Toys hashtag and to share photos, for example, a picture of a toy they’ve dropped off. The accompanying website includes a live counter that tracks Twitter mentions, and displays the profile photos of people who’ve used the hashtag to support the cause.”
The official Twitter hashtag for the Social Media Marketing Tulsa Tweet for Toys is #tweet4toys In 2009 the Salvation Army had 3,000 forgotten angels in Tulsa So please help us out this year. You can stand in the cold ringing a bell or you can RT us and show up Monday night for the event-Tulsa’s children thank you! Follow the founder of M3 New Media, Michael D. Butler, Sr. on Twitter @MichaelButlerSr for real-time, photos, updates & more on Tweet4Toys throughout Christmas.
Merry Christmas! I’d like to share some networking tips but I also have a special event for local business owners that I want to tell you about.
First, as a networker, I’m asked a lot of questions, should we be out networking our business or in our office “Facebooking and Tweeting?” I always say “Yes”-do both! Face-to-face networking with Web 2.0 and email marketing is your winning formula for business success in 2011. Please read all of the way to the end, I have a $750 dollar special for you.
This is the time to:
1) Always have business cards on you and hand them out strategically.
2) Follow-up with a personal email (never a bulk email) unless your prospect has specifically requested it personally or on your site.)
3) Connect on social networks with the attitude of giving a referral.
To make it easy for you we are co-hosting a networking event for you this Thursday, December 9th after-hours with our featured business: Gallagher Wellness Centre. Dr. Norbert Gallagher would like to invite you to a night of networking and fun-his way of “Giving Back” to the Tulsa community. “Like Us” on Facebook & come in for Your 1st Visit Special:$50 gets your: Consult, X-rays, Nervous System & Spinal Scan plus therapies (reg $265+) 918.747.7463
This past year has seen many changes from Facebook taking over the world to the Wikileaks story to Groupon turning down a $6 Billion offer from Google. To keep our friends, fans and clients informed and on the cutting edge of Social Media changes we have a special offer for you.
Business has changed. The new economy is about relationships and speed. The faster the globe spins the deeper our relationships must go and the deeper our relationships grow the faster the world will spin for us. This will create “win-wins” for people, organizations and end consumers.
For new clients who want to determine online influence and discover marketing & social media channels. Go to http://Facebook.com/M3NewMedia Like our page, and write the name of your business on our wall. The first 4 clients will receive our Free Marketing Assessment and Consultation a $750 value. Offer ends December 31, 2010.
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan along with Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department and Stop Child Trafficking Now SCTNow.org gathered at the Tulsa Police Department to announce that Tulsa and Oklahoma will adopt a pre-emptive strategy against human trafficking. Below is a partial transcript of the press conference:
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said, “We are pleased to announce that the TPD has engaged in a partnership that will benefit our community. Human trafficking is a Tulsa problem. I met the team from Stop Child Trafficking Now. They don’t just address child trafficking they address human trafficking. This is a global problem, it is a state problem, and it is a local Tulsa problem. It is everything from prostitution to immigration issues….Nearly all of our boys and girls who are engaged in prostitution have been trafficked in some form or another and have been exploited. I think it’s an issue that needs to be brought to the forefront. This group has done that and they continue to do that.’
‘This is a web-based database that I will assign personnel from TPD to have access to. It is a fairly new database but it is growing exponentially-day by day and we will be able to use it. Like the Under-Sheriff said: “criminals travel” and people who commit these kinds of crimes tend to be ran out of communities. They try to be elusive and go to bigger cities or they do things that keep us away from where they are. In the past we may not have had enough criminal information on someone who is committing these offences. But with this database there is a much better chance and we are more likely with this technology of finding them and knowing if they are serial offenders. It is good information sharing.”
Mayor Dewey Bartlett, “ In Tulsa county we find this (human trafficking) irreprehensible and that we want to do whatever we can in our ability as the Mayor’s office and as citizens of this state and county to stand behind our enforcement mechanisms to eradicate this problem. We are at a unique position geographically because we have such high trafficking areas with the interstate system that gives direct access not only for human trafficking between major cities but major countries and if we can do anything more know you can know that we simply will not allow it to happen to anyone here-whether they are a citizen of this country or not. My hat is off to all of you for taking such a leadership position in this. For us it’s very important to have this technology and this partnership. I believe that the city of Tulsa is doing very well and that we are seeing this as a problem on our radar screen but that doesn’t mean we can sit back and assume that it’s not there because it is and we are thankful to be working with SCTNow and their people.”
Clark Stuart, President of the Operatives: “ I am thankful to be working with a city as progressive as Tulsa. It’s a changing world we live in. Our world is based on information and living in a time when we are forced to do more with less. Being able to manage the information is the priority. I congratulate you on the leadership and courage to make a difference with human trafficking and embracing the methods that we have proven effective for years. We are optimistic to be working with your local law enforcement and providing them with the valuable information that comes from integrating the software with the officers and “boots on the ground.” It’s an honor to be working with Tulsa and I’m looking forward to developing a relationship with your community.”
“We want to thank you for coming out today. We feel that Tulsa is on the front end of this issue-very proactive. We feel like Tulsa will become the model for the nation on child trafficking ,” said Jason & Kristin Weis, Stop Child Trafficking Now National Walk Directors. Jason went on to say that, “it is an historic day in Tulsa for technology and law enforcement, but ultimately for children.”
SCTNow Tulsa has participated in 2 global works and a golf tournament to raise money and awareness for SCTNow.org based out of New York, NY.
Also present were other member’s from many other organizations who work with victim’s recovery groups and task force members who educate law enforcement and legislators.
Lynette Lewis, Founder & President of SCTNow, former Tulsa resident, now lives in New York City: “What Tulsa has become, through the leadership of Jason & Kristin Weis is a hallmark city for the entire nation. Tulsa is now a forerunner city, where the strategy, the ops team working with local law enforcement, is way down the line compared to other U.S. cities.”
Tulsa, OK– Tulsa Declares War on Human Trafficking Press Conference Dec. 1 at 2:30pm at the Compstat Center
A press conference is scheduled for December 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the Compstat Center (Tulsa Police Headquarters) 600 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK, to talk about how police are combining forces and working with the organization Stop Child Trafficking Now SCTNow.org to combat human trafficking. Speakers include: Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Tulsa Chief of Police Chuck Jordan, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz and Clark Stuart (Operative Director for Stop Child Trafficking Now). This Press Conference is open to the public and can be RSVP’d to on Facebook.
“Getting these girls out of a life of sex slavery is great, but the trafficker simply replaces them with another girl. The only way to stop this modern-day slavery is to go after the traffickers themselves. That’s why SCTNow is different,” says SCTNow founder, Lynette Lewis. The American public is learning that the $39 billion a year child sex trafficking industry is not just a global problem-it’s also a huge domestic problem. In the U.S., 200,000 minors are in the sex trade and approximately 17,000 are trafficked into the country every year according to the U.S. State Dept.
There are over 260 organizations who rehabilitate and counsel those rescued out of being trafficked-many do not survive. Stop Child Trafficking Now! (SCTNow) is one of the only organizations that go after the demand side-the predators who are trafficking these girls.
Investigators and researchers estimate the average predator in the U.S. can make more than $200,000 a year from trafficking one young girl according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The average pimp will abuse up to 400 girls and may traffick as many as 1,000 girls in his lifetime.
From SCTNow Website (www.SCTNow.org) :“Special Operative Teams gather information about child predators both in the US and abroad. These teams represent the best military, federal and state intelligence and investigative organizations. They track predators to build packages against them that result in convictions.These teams possess skills beyond the average military or law enforcement individual—skills that enable them to achieve their goals in foreign lands independently, without support of US law enforcement resources. As a private organization the Special Operatives are not bound by the same restrictions that keep U.S. law enforcement from conducting research against sexual offenders. The Operatives provide high-level information and evidence to appropriate authorities that are needed to build packages against U.S. child sex offenders. They understand the risks associated with missions of this difficulty. The teams, selected and deployed for these missions, are made up of elite operatives. They don’t seek public recognition or fame for their efforts. Their reward is the personal satisfaction that comes from knowing their efforts will take predators off the streets and put them behind bars, resulting in the rescue of innocent children.”
SCTNow had a team of operatives on the ground in Tulsa in September to gather intel and begin phase one of operations. December will be phase two of operations and will bring SCTNow one step closer to serving up to local law-enforcement what hopes to be a “slam-dunk” for prosecutors against predators who traffick children through and in Oklahoma.
SCTNow is using Social Media and Web 2.0 to stay in touch with their fans and supporters around the country thru Twitter, Facebook and Youtube ( www.SCTNow.org) and to help spread the word about the 27 million modern-day slaves held in human sex trafficking.
Stop Child Trafficking hosts an annual golf tournament in Tulsa, OK, to raise money and awareness. The local media and golfers support this event. The second annual golf tournament is scheduled for July 18th 2011. Quiktrip is a sponsor again in 2011 as well as many other businesses.
Last September and this October, over 8,000 individuals, corporations, religious organizations, communities and student groups participated in the global Stop Child Trafficking Now Walk to raise awareness and the funds to support the special operative teams.
Contact Jason Weis, National SCTNow Walk Director/Sponsorship Development Manager @ 918-346-2168 for more information.
Web 2.0 is all about sharing and the fastest way to share is with Ping.fm (verb and noun).
I have tried many Twitter tools and Ping is one of my favorites for ease of use and for shareability.
When you PING something you are sending out short-form content from your computer or smart phone about what you are doing. The founder of Ping.fm Sean McCullough is on Twitter @SeaMoss Sean is formerly from Tulsa, OK now lives in San Francisco since Ping was purchased by Seesmic early in 2010 now he won’t have to fly west as often-he will be there.
1. Ping regularly–it’s all about frequency of quality content that enhances your brand online.
2. Ping from your smart phone. Once you set up your account you can ping (SMS text to 918.814.4042) and your message will be broadcast to Twitter, Facebook and up to 27 other social networks including your blogs (just about everything but YouTube)
3. Keep it brief. When you keep it under 120 characters (others can Re-tweet you) -it will hit all your Social Networks-have fun-give it a try, Let us know what you are up to!
4. Ping out pictures so we don’t get bored.
I’m sure the word “Ping” will be in the dictionary soon and the more you share it and LIKE it the faster it will be.
Be watching my blog for more great Twitter and Social Media Tools from some great minds that will enhance your life and your business and if you found this information helpful please share it by “LIKE” ing it and Re-tweeting it.
I look forward to meeting you personally real soon.
Upcoming blog topics include: How to get your picture taken with famous people.
In the meantime you can follow Michael D. Butler, Sr on Twitter. Michael is the Founder and CEO of M3 New Media-I WILL follow you back! @MichaelButlerSr
Thanks to a Tulsa area Business an organization that fights the demand for Sex with Children will have more money to go after and lock-up traffickers.
Starting on November 1st the FreshBerry in Jenks, OK will give $1
to SCTNow.org for every cup of yogurt sold (any size) this promotion will run until the end of the year!…Go to FreshBerry have a delicious treat and help us end child sex trafficking say Jason Weis with SCTNow.
Thanks to Fresh Berry and Jason Weis, SCTNow National Walk Director for making this a great giveback to Jenks, Tulsa and all of the United States. Visit SCTNow.org to learn more or follow them on Twitter@SCTNow
And to follow Nationally recognized author and speaker Pamala Kennedy Chestnut with her new Novel More Than Rice-A Journey Through the Underworld of Human Trafficking