Hey, Hey, I’m Cool!

Stop that bully—boy or girl
Tell a teacher, be a friend.
Help each other, make bullying end!

CAHT’s puppeteers are making it happen! The kids just love this rap/dance song! Created by Jan Gurley, it’s a blast to see how the kids get involved while learning about bullying and how to stop it.
Bullying is one of the top 3 causes of tween and teen suicides and often starts when kids are in elementary school. The Elementary Ed Committee, chaired by Kathy Eckhart, has created 3 scripts that teach kids how to recognize and stop bullying.


Participating in this show for the Hope Fund Afterschool program are Kathy Eckhart, Debbie Petrocelli, Betty Mitchell, Jan Gurley, Annie Garrison and Judy Kiel.


New Puppet Show
CAHT has launched a new  puppet show for elementary school students on bullying and respecting each other.  The puppeteers are  volunteers,  many retired educators, who enjoy helping students understand the basic of bullying and how to handle a bullying situation. Studies from the National Center for Sexual Exploitation of Children shows that school and home bullying are two of the main causes of kids becoming volunteer to human trafficking and domestic abuse issues. Bullying impacts their self-worth, school performance, and can lead them to search for other forms of attention like inappropriate apps on  social media and befriending risky older friends. “Cyber-bullying, sexting, viewing pornography, and vamping (glued to the social media all night) can become part of their daily life, says CAHT president, Annie Garrison, so teaching young students how to recognize and handle bullies is critical to their well-being.”. ” CAHT is all about education prevention.”  

Roberta Chaplin, President,
CAHT 319-360-7025

CAHT participated in Hillsborough Public Schools LGBTQ Youth Summit in May, sponsored by Hillsborough Public Schools and other area nonprofits.  We were invited to speak about the relationship between human traffickers targeting this vulnerable group.  About 300 students attended.  Robbie Chaplin and Debbie Petrocelli and Annie Garrison manned a both plus giving a presentation.  



CAHT presents information to 5 classes at HCC
Anthony Sardone, Sociology Instructor at HCC teaching one of his sociology classes.  CAHT President Annie Garrison and Secondary Education Chair, Elaine Palach, had the opportunity to  present to 5 classes information on human trafficking and how it is connected to domestic violence, pornography and the social media.  Classes were held April 16 and 17th.


Awesome board and important committee chairs:

Great energy and well-informed presentations were presented.  It was a joy for me to listen to all of you!  See your perspective, your personal stories and thoughts of the value of CAHT – truly inspiring.  And I know the audience thought so also.

Jimbo – loved your magic!!!  You are simply a joy and I am so glad you shared with all of us.  

Watching you all today, reinforced why I stay involved with CAHT – it is not only what we do to improve our community and stop the spread of suffering but it is the wonderful opportunity of working with such a great group of folks – YOU!!


Prevention/Education Symposium for Gannon University


Last Friday, CAHT hosted a prevention/education symposium with Gannon University on Human Trafficking 101 and related social issues. The event was held at United Methodist Church. Over 85 students, faculty and our supporting volunteers attended. Ann Garrison kicked off the event with a human trafficking overview, followed by presentations from Selah Freedom, PACE Center for Girls, Gulfcoast Legal Services, and a high school teacher – sharing their different roles in combating human trafficking. Applause to our Secondary Education Chair, Elaine Palach,and other board members and volunteers who pitched in to make this a big success!!! Photo;  Micheal Esau, PACE Center for Girls Outreach Coordinator.  Photo:  general student crowd, Photo:  Elaine Palach welcoming everyone..  Approximately 100 students, faculty and guests attended.  CAHT hosted the symposium.



Board Members Debbie Petrocelli and Bonnie Doll gave a human trafficking presentation to the Ruskin Women’s Club in March.   Ruskin Women’s Club President Cheryl Delilong is in both photos.  

Nine Apps Parents Should Know About

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office warns about Nine apps that could leave your children vulnerable to predators! Visit the WFLA Channel 8 website for more information: WFLA Channel 8 – NINE APPS


USF Panel, End Human Trafficking January 2018

A true collaboration involving human trafficking nonprofit leaders, USF students, law enforcement, the legal community, and USF professors from the College of Public Health shared their experiences and ideas at USF’s first End Human Trafficking: A Community Approach Conference held on January 26, 2018. Professor Elizabeth Dunn, Department of Global Health was the chief organizer with the Students Against Trafficking team. Three CAHT board members attended – President Annie Garrison, Education/Prevention Chair, Ann Fenimore, and Victim Services Chair, Joan Kramer.

A panel of distinguished speakers kicked off the discussion, moderated by Joanna Gutierrez Winters, President/CEO of the FREE Network. The four other panelists were Bryanna Fox, Ph.D., Departments of Criminology and Mental Health, Connie Rose, M.S., President/Founder of Victims2Survivors, Inc., Laura Hamilton, MPH, Founder/President of Bridging Freedom, and Sasha Lohn, JD, General Counsel and legal advisor, St. Petersburg Police Department. Each panelist gave their views on their roles as key players in combating human trafficking in the area.

Approximately 70 students and nonprofit leaders participated in round table discussions, sharing concerns and ideas in five major areas: improving human trafficking policies and legislation, data collection and research, community outreach and education, innovative strategies for ending human trafficking, and developing partnerships in the Tampa Bay area.

I found the whole experience extremely rewarding. The human trafficking community coming together to address these important issues was a winning success as it gives us a stronger voice in our efforts to fight HT and heal the survivors. Student involvement is key to effective collaboration and this conference reaffirmed the need for their participation” states Annie Garrison, Campaign Against Human Trafficking – SouthShore, Inc.

We wanted to share with you a video that was put together by the wonderful videographer from the College of Public Health along with a link to the article about the Human Trafficking workshop hosted at USF. 

Photos of USF students involved in a round table discussion – 1/26/18

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