This year we partnered with 12 local shelter and service organizations in 5 countries to offer education, job skills, healing, community, medical care and FREEDOM to 453 survivors. We supported housing for 204 women and children. 4,640 HIV/AIDS related medical visits were made through outreach to potential trafficking victims in red light districts. We convened over 140 service providers and survivors at the National Colloquium to drive forward the discussion about services and shelter in America.
We brought training to 2800 first responders, service providers, and community members in 22 states through 42 trainings and general education to over 4,500 activists. We expanded our training resources to include gang trafficking education and successfully integrated the Intervene Intake Tool in juvenile detention centers in Nevada, Florida, Maryland, D.C., New York, California to help identify trafficked youth. Shared Hope developed a youth sex trafficking prevention film, Chosen, to teach teens the warning signs of trafficking.
This year we launched the Demanding Justice Project to combat demand by investigating criminal justice outcomes for buyers and testified to Congress about the problem of demand. We brought legal and advocacy assistance to 22 states, 16 of which strengthened their laws and raised their Protected Innocence grade. We protested Backpage.com to stop the sale of children online.
Thank you to the 2,000 Defenders, 317 Ambassadors, and thousands of supporters who stand with us. Who give their time, talent, and money to support our mission. We’ll continue to bring prevention education to youth and adults, stronger laws to states, training to first responders, shelter and service support and leadership, and new research until sexual slavery is abolished.
And to survivors — thank you. You are our strength and inspiration and we will continue fighting for you.