Ascent 121 hosts a Prayer Journey once a month; it is a driving journey. You will get a glimpse into the life of an Indianapolis teen that is vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. Throughout your driving journey, you will learn about the child welfare system, the juvenile justice system, different ways that teens are drawn into trafficking and victim services that are available to survivors. Guided prayer stops allow you to pray for survivors, teens at risk, educators, social service providers, juvenile justice staff, law enforcement, ministries, and organizations.
Your journey begins at West Morris Street Church with an orientation by the Ascent 121 staff and concludes with a debrief for your group to process their experience. A parent must accompany participants under 18.
The event is every 3rd Saturday of the month: March 16th at 10:00; April 20th, May 18th or June 15th at 9:00.
To REGISTER for an upcoming Prayer Journey, visit ASCENT121.org
Ascent 121 is a faith-based non-profit organization in Indianapolis that provides advocacy and recovery services for teen survivors of trafficking.
Questions? Leannreed@comcast.net or Ascent 121 (317) 759-0067
HOPE CENTER – Aftercare for Trafficked Women.
Hope Center provides education, food, shelter, and mental health services to women who have been rescued from human sex trafficking. Its mission is to be a Christ-centered program to help develop the personal and professional lives of women who have been rescued from sex trafficking in order for them to re-enter society with the confidence, health, and technical skills needed to succeed.
Questions? Margo Ward: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 21, 2018 Event
Tim Swarens – indystar.com/exploited
Opinion Editor at the Indy Star. Author of the EXPLOITED series: a year long investigation of the commercial sex trade of children, a lucrative business where more then 1 million kids a year are abused. email@example.com
Restored Inc. – www.restoredinc.org
Tracy McDaniel, Founder and CEO – firstname.lastname@example.org
A non-profit organization that serves victims of domestic sex trafficking and sexual exploitation through active recovery, compassionate relief, and the hope of restoration throughout the state of Indiana. In parallel to victim services, Restored provides awareness and education to the community while also combating cultural trends that lead to this issue.
Light in Darkness Ministry – www.lightindarknessministry.com
Dr. Carolyn Knight, Founder – (601) 953-9586 – email@example.com
A ministry to reach women working in the sex industry; Training Christian women to reach those trapped or trafficked and to lead them to freedom in Christ Jesus.
HOPE CENTER – www.hopecenterindy.org
EXIT OUT – 24 hour hotline (317) 800-4912 – Main Office (317) 434-5040
Suzanne Bautista, Director (317) 945-9629 – firstname.lastname@example.org
A faith based aftercare refuge for Trafficked Women ages 18-30. The Hope Center provides education, food, and shelter to women who have been rescued from human trafficking/domestic sex slavery.
Office of the Indiana Attorney General – email@example.com
Denise Robinson, Chief Counsel of Investigations. Head of Human Trafficking Task Force/Initiative.
Denise.Robinson@atg.in.gov – (317) 234-0128
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ASCENT 121 – ascent121.org
Megan McGuire, CEO – firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides advocacy and recovery services for teen survivors of human trafficking in Indiana. Their services include residential and community-based clinical care.
Purchased – www.purchased.org
Jessica Evans, Founder and Director – Jessica@purchased.org
Empowering communities to end Modern Day Slavery: Through education, advocacy, awareness events, and mentorship programs.
September 2017 Event
Tim Swarens’ Human Trafficking articles for the Indy Star Exploited series are now avaialable. There are 10 columns and 19 videos. Hunter Smith, the former Colt, and his band wrote and recorded a song for the project. The music video featuring the song will serve as a promo for the project. The project was featured on USAToday.com and across the national network (109 sites). We’ll have a permanent project page on indystar.com (indystar.com/exploited). Tim Swarens spoke at CUMC in September 2017, at our Human Trafficking Awareness Event (Seen above).
Tim Swarens is an Opinion Editor at the IndyStar; he has completed his long-term project which investigates child sex trafficking, domestically and abroad. Swarens’ work focused on how the demand side of trafficking creates a lucrative market for children to be sold millions of times a year.
Questions? LeAnn Reed (317) 508-6985