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Who We Are

Rotary is the largest global service organization, with clubs in over 33,000 communities worldwide. Rotarians are dedicated to providing service to others and advancing peace and goodwill, within their communities and around the world.

Why is Rotary involved in this issue?

  • Rotary is uniquely positioned to solve global issues, with over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.
  • Rotary has a successful track record – we have helped eradicate polio!
  • We can mobilize thousands of Rotary clubs to tackle this issue in their own communities.

What Rotary is Doing

Our mission is to End Human Trafficking in communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and parts of Ontario (regions covered by Rotary Districts 5950,5960, and 5580). We will serve as facilitators and problem solvers, and provide forums for discussion.

We will provide Rotary Clubs with information, resources and toolkits to engage their communities and support local organizations and agencies working to end human trafficking.

To end human trafficking, we have to prevent it before it happens. To that end, our Initiative will focus on:

  • Raising Awareness
  • Educating Children and Youth
  • Reducing Risk Factors that make children vulnerable
  • Stopping the Demand

We encourage every Rotary Club to support local organizations working to end human trafficking to raise awareness about human trafficking, and to engage your community around this issue. Click here to find out how.

Here’s what some clubs are doing:

Roseville Club Partnership

Three separate events were held as part of the initiative to stop human trafficking in Roseville, MN. This initiative is a partnership of the Roseville Police Foundation, Roseville Rotary, Roseville Visitors Association, and Grace Church all working together to fund Human Trafficking Efforts of Roseville Police Department. The 3 events were held as follows:

  • September 18, 2018: The objective was to target perpetrators and gather intelligence. It was held from 9 AM to 6 PM.
  • December 12, 2018: The objectives were to respond to online ads for prostitution, gather intelligence, and to introduce Source. MN in the project. (Source MN is a non-profit organization with mission to disrupt Human Trafficking through outreach and resources.)
  • January 17, 2019: Presentations were provided by Roseville Police Department, The Source MN, and Breaking Free. It was entitled “Stop Human Trafficking – Community Presentation”, and it was held at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville, MN.

Prior Lake, MN Club

Our club has a district grant to improve the facilities at Passageways, safe housing and programming for sex trafficked young men and women. Passageways is operated by The Link. There are 4 parts to our project. We hope to have all things completed by late fall of 2019.

“Passageways Shelter and Housing Program provides emergency shelter beds for youth ages 13-17 and housing for youth ages 16-24 who have been victims of sex trafficking. Passageways is inclusive of all gender identities and can serve parenting youth with one child. The Passageways program also provides a variety of on-site services specific to sexual exploitation that include case management, mental health therapy, education programming, life skills training, a survivor mentor program, health care services and positive youth development activities.”  Passageways is the only place of its kind that services boys and transgender youth as well as females.

The project is in four parts, with each addressing a critical need for the support of the clients served. Each part focuses on the comfort and livability of the facility, supplemental education opportunities for the clients, and physical and emotional healing and well-being of the clients.

The 4-part project will take a minimum of one year to complete. It will be done in phases based on availability of people who will donate services, availability of affordable equipment needed and staffing provided by the school district with which Passageways is affiliated.

Minneapolis, MN Club

Minneapolis Rotary Chapter #9 would like to make you aware of a movie one of their members saw recently that was “just riveting”.  It was shown as part of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.  The movie “The Longest Night” was filmed in Ecuador by director, Gabriela Calvache.  It is a docu-drama about a woman caught in the web of human/sex trafficking.  It is heartbreaking at times, triumphant at times, and frustrating at times.  The Rotary member said the movie was really well done, and at the festival, the director was there for a Question and Answer session.

For a link to the movie and more information, please CLICK HERE.

Minneapolis/Chaska/Waconia, MN Club

An event entitled, “Next Steps Minnesota COMMUNITY DIALOG To End Human Trafficking, was held April 5, 2019, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN.  The event was jointly sponsored by A.C.T. United of Carver County MN and the Rotary clubs of the City of Lakes Minneapolis, Chaska, and Waconia, MN.

The event included a welcome address, followed by a round-table dialogue, lunch, and closing remarks. For more information, contact:  connect.actunited@gmail.com.

Edina, MN Club

The Rotary Club of Edina hosted a presentation and panel discussion on human trafficking on Thursday, September 19, 2019. They held a panel discussion with three experts who have dedicated their lives to stopping and addressing the effects of human trafficking.  They included: Carla Marroquin (Founder and Director of Protect Me Protect); Kenna Dick (Detective with Edina Police); and Heidi Nauman (Executive Dirctor of Super Hero Kids Foundation). The speakers discussed the issues surrounding international human traffickers, as well as what is going on within our Twin Cities community.  The goal was for all of our attendees to walk away with a better understanding of what human trafficking looks like, know what steps are being taken in our community to address the problem, and what we can do individually in our community, schools, and families to stop it. For more information, email the club administrator, Becci Michalski, at rmichalski@EdinaRotary.org.

Eden Prairie, MN Club

Eden Prairie Rotary club sponsored pilot training for the Eden Prairie Schools for Super Hero Kids that was funded with a Rotary club grant.  The “Super Hero Kids Foundation” matched Rotary’s grant and then matched it again with a $4,000 donation for pilot training for 4th-6th and 7th&8th grades!

The Rotary club then held the pilot training for all EP K-8th grade students on Saturday, May 4th, 9-10am at Oak Point School, with a minimal fee of $10/family to attend (this helps secure attendance, helps to pay for the Community Ed services and can be waived for families in need).  In this way, families were able to attend and have all of their children trained in personal safety at once and in one hour.

So many children in EP will be safer soon thanks to our Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club generosity and the fantastic team of Rotary Anti-Human Trafficking: Carol Bomben, Jan Eian, Roger Jorgensen and Kevin Kraemer.

Blaine/Ham Lake/Fridley, MN Club

The Blaine/Ham Lake Rotary club hosted a Human Trafficking Community Forum to raise awareness and better educate our citizens.  This forum featured a panelist format with representation from law enforcement and other non-profits that focus on reducing demand, prevention, and helping victims.  The Fridley Rotary Club is also partnering directly with the Blaine/Ham Lake club on this initiative.

The date for this Forum was Wednesday, June 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Blaine Firestation #3.  Admission was free.  The timing of this event was important as it immediately preceded the 3M Open golf Tournament held in Blaine.

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Leadership Team

Karen
Karen WalkowskiChair, Rotary Initiative
Contact Karen to learn more about Rotary’s Initiative to End Human Trafficking and how your organization can be a partner or corporate sponsor.

District Leads

Stacy
Stacy SchafferRotary District 5580
Contact Stacy to schedule a speaker for District 5580 clubs or to learn more about how your club can get involved.
Meg Low
Meg LowRotary District 5950
Contact Meg to schedule a speaker for District 5950 clubs or to learn more about how your club can get involved.
Clare Portrait
Clare LillisRotary District 5960
Contact Clare to schedule a speaker for District 5960 clubs or to learn more about how your club can get involved.
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