Switchboard co-host the awards ceremony of the 2014 Malone Prize recognizing Law Enforcement Vision and Leadership
The Malone Prize honors the work of law officials in sex trafficking
MIAMI, Florida – Switchboard of Miami, together with the Women’s Fund, Stop Sex Trafficking Miami and Actors’ Playhouse will co-present and host the 2014 Malone Prize Human Trafficking for Law Enforcement Vision and Leadership reception and award ceremony on January 12, 2015 in recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (January 11). 3 Generations, a non-profit based in New York City selected Miami as the host city because of its robust community-based collaborative awareness campaign on the issue of sex trafficking in the United States.
Human Trafficking Awareness History
In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It originated as a U.S. initiative but, since the issue is so prevalent in several other countries, the United Nations has taken a special interest and is committed to provide global awareness about sexual slavery and human trafficking.
Facts about Human Trafficking Awareness
- About 21-30 million people live in slavery conditions today–more than any other time in history. (Source: freetheslaves.net).
- UNICEF estimates that, yearly, 2 million children are trafficking victims of sex trade.
- 13 is the average age of a girl being forced into the US domestic slavery market.
- $ 90 is the average cost of a slave around the world.
The Malone Prize was created by 3 Generations, as an outreach project in conjunction with TRICKED, a feature documentary they produced on the sale of young women and men for sex. The prize, awarded to three winners annually, was established in 2013 to honor law enforcement officials who recognize sex trafficking as modern-day slavery and work on the front-lines of change. It seeks to inspire others in law enforcement to become active participants in cultural and legal change.
The 2015 Malone Prize Award Honorees are:
Jose Alfonso, Police Lieutenant, City of Miami Police Department
Wendy Collins, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations
Derek Stigerts, Detective, Sacramento Police Department
Simon Häggström, Detective Inspector, Stockholm Police Force-Prostitution Unit
In conjunction with the awards, TRICKED, an eye-opening documentary that weaves together the experiences of those involved in the $ 3 billion dollar a year industry of sex trafficking across the country, will be screened earlier that same day.
About Switchboard of MiamiCreated in 1968, Switchboard of Miami, Inc. is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that counsels, connects and empowers people in need. Anyone has access to help, anytime, always by simply calling 211. With more than 15 specialty phone lines, Switchboard offers free and confidential telephone counseling, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and information and referral services to every caller, chatter or texter 24/7. The organization also maintains a comprehensive and reliable social services databases of 5,000+ entries, and provides immediate tri-lingual assistance for an estimated 140,000 individuals annually. Last year alone, Switchboard provided more than 150,000 referrals to callers and is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country. Switchboard also offers other programs, including suicide prevention, family and individual counseling, senior services, child developmental screenings, youth prevention programs and more. We are here to help, anytime, always.
About The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade TheWomen’s Fund Miami-Dade empowers women and girls through advocacy and funding for innovative initiatives that build equality, foster social change and create community partners.
Founded in 1993, The Women’s Fund is Miami-Dade’s only organization directing all of its energy toward creating equal opportunity, access and influence for women and girls. Through research, collaboration, and grant-making we expose the issues, give voice to the silent majority, and pool our collective giving power to provide grassroots solutions. We believe that by pooling our resources we can create a just and safe Miami-Dade, where power and possibility aren’t limited by gender. The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade improves the lives of women and girls through grant making, research, advocacy and education.
About Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Actors’ Playhouse is the nonprofit resident theatre company and managing agent of the historic Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Actors’ Playhouse, which has brought home 82 regional Carbonell Awards for artistic excellence, is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization and one of 13 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. In addition to its Mainstage season, Actors’ Playhouse offers a year-round season of Musical Theatre for Young Audiences, a National Children’s Theatre Festival, a Theatre Conservatory and Summer Camp Program, as well as educational arts outreach programs for underserved youth, and has initiated a Young Talent Big Dreams contest for children in partnership with The Children’s Trust. www.actorsplayhouse.org
About Stop Sex Trafficking Miami
Sex trafficking of children is our own community is hidden, under-addressed, and misunderstood and, therefore, flourish with impunity. Public awareness is the lynchpin to ending this scourge.Stop Sex Trafficking Miami is a collaborative community campaign, involving a multitude of organizations and leaders, to build a movement of awareness and action to Stop the Sale of Our Children for Sex.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a crisis, call Switchboard’s 24-hour Contact Center, at 305.358.4357(HELP), or 2-1-1.
Our services are free and we answer in English, Spanish, Creole and have multilingual capacity. Please, call us; we are here to help. Thank you.