Campaign Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence-Southshore, known as CAHT, mission is to support the fight against Human Trafficking and related domestic violence issues by providing educational awareness and prevention activities to schools and the community- at- large. The eleven-year-old, all-volunteer nonprofit works with multi-cultural groups in providing short-term housing and other basic needs to families as well as mentoring, scholarships, and referral services.  They also donate needed funding and/or tangible items to at-risk youth, law enforcement, regional anti-human trafficking nonprofits, and rehabilitation homes and centers. For more information call 847-524-9215 or go to CAHT’s web page:  www.sccblueheart.org


The Puppeteers Group practicing with Elementary Ed Anti-bullying puppeteers 

See Puppets and Puppeteers in the Education Section

Victim Services team delivering back packs to Selah Freedom


Annie Garrison and Debbie gave presentations on the dangers of social media as it relates to human trafficking and cyber-bullying to parents and teens
Photo is of CAHT Presenter Debbie Petrocelli, Translator Elma Silva-Francis and Hispanic Services Council middle school manager, Jessliam Cortes.


Jean Harrison, CAHT’s volunteer art expression instructor, worked with 8 PACE Center teens  this summer a variety of plate flowers using vintage and different plate sizes, embellishments, and creativity!  PACE Center for Girls is an alternative high school for struggling teen girls, providing  counseling,a  high school curriculum and other social needs to teenage girls from our area as well as the Tampa Bay.  CAHT partners with PACE offering special project funding, human trafficking and related domestic violence educational  training to staff as well as art expression sessions and business opportunity tours. 


Christmas in July at United Methodist Church

Four CHAT volunteers participated in reading to area children, ages 2 through 12.  We read “Three Trees” and then gave out a book to each child as well as taking photos of the kids wearing Christmas masks.  Great fun! 

Upper Left-Debbie reading to the kids  Upper Right-kids with their masks
Bottom Left- Lennard and East Bay HS students from their Key Clubs acting as guides.
Bottom Right-Photo of CAHT volunteers:  L to r:  Betty Mitchell, Ann Fenimore, Robbie Chaplin, and Annie Garrison


CAHT”s Victim Services Committee activities this month

Victim Services chair, Bonnie Doll, and Jillian, Director of Created Women’s Outreach Department, hosted CAHT volunteers to a tour of their facilities and lunch, Friday, June 14.

Photos of filled backpacks ready for delivery.  Volunteers Ceil Permenter, Barbara Moseley, Linda Beinnington and Carolyn Greenwood filling basic essential into 30 backpacks to be distributed throughout the area.  First Christian Church opened their doors to use their facility for the backpacking session.


Kind of cute!  Bonnie’s victim services team! 

L to R: Sharon from the storage unit volunteered her time, Bonnie Doll, Victim Services Chair, Barb Mosley, volunteer, and Linda  Bennington, volunteer.

The Wonder Gals!  – they moved all the back pack items from one storage into a new air conditioned one this morning.  Amazing.  


Board Members Jim McDermott and John Mitchell volunteering at recent United Methodist Church’s Ministries Fair. 


Gulfcoast Legal Services held their first free clinic a, Tuesday, Feb 19, at their new location at Beth El, Wimauma.  Over 15 individuals and families came to discuss family issues, their rights, immigration and domestic violence issues.  CAHT has provided funding and volunteer support.

Photo: Smaili Constantino, Nelson M. Camario and Cesar Jvarbe, members of the legal team.


Backpacking Activity

This is the latest Backpacking activity – from last week, Thursday, Jan. 24, at Beth El

The Beth El backpack assembly line

Backpacks are ready

Chair and vice chair: Bonnie Doll and Linda Bennington.

Javier, manager of Beth El



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