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Human Trafficking

Flight attendant rescues teenage girl from human trafficker

Adam Boult
The TelegraphFebruary 6, 2017
Sheila Fedrick
Sheila Fedrick

A flight attendant working for Alaska Airlines has been praised after describing how her quick thinking allowed a young passenger to escape the clutches of a human trafficker.

Shelia Fedrick, 49, was working on a  flight from Seattle to San Francisco in 2011 when she noticed a teenage girl, aged around 14, travelling with a well-dressed older man.

The girl had greasy blonde hair and, according to Fedrick, “looked like she had been through pure hell”.

Speaking to WTSP, Fedrick said she tried to speak to the pair – but the girl remained silent and the man responded defensively.

Alaksa Airlines - Credit: Alaksa Airlines
Alaksa Airlines – Credit: Alaksa Airlines

Speaking under her breath, Fedrick instructed the girl to visit one of the plane’s toilets, where she left a note for her on the mirror. The girl left a message in the same place confirming that she needed help.

Fedrick informed the pilot, who alerted police. Officers were waiting at the terminal when the plane arrived in San Francisco and it was subsequently discovered that the girl was the victim of human trafficking.

Fedrick said: “I’ve been a flight attendant for 10 years and it’s like I am going all the way back to when I was in training.

“And I was like, I could have seen these young girls and young boys and didn’t even know. If you see something, say something.”

Fedrick is still in touch with the girl, who is now attending college: “I put my phone number on the note that I left for her and I guess she memorised it, so a few weeks later, she called me,” she said.

In 2016, 2,000 people were arrested for human trafficking by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with 400 victims freed.”

— article courtesy of Yahoo.com (full article available here)


Palm Beach County Libraries

April 2017 SAAM Poster-Library

Palm Beach County Victim Services has created a book display in 7 of the Palm Beach County libraries that will feature books on sexual assault for April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Visit one of the displays at:

  1. Glades
  2. Lantana
  3. Okeechobee
  4. Palm Beach Gardens
  5. Summit
  6. Wellington
  7. West Boca


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Lynda Figueredo
Sunday, April 2nd 2017

cbs 12

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Sharon Daugherty, the Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinator for Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center joined CBS 12 News This Morning to explain how you can help give survivors a voice.

Tuesday marks the 2017 Day of Action during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Survivors, family, friends, & professionals are invited to write/then read (optional) their expressions on a flag which is then placed in the ground during the Field of Hope Event April 4th.

The flag display will be filled with white written word flags plus the number of teal flags which represent all victims served in 2016.

One large flag will represent the 85% of those victims who did not reach out for services.

 There will be food, a mask making table, other stations and music to support this unique survivor speak out. The event will be held April 4th, outside the SART Office located at 4120 North Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Palm Beach County Victim Services Certified Rape Crisis Center 24/7 Helpline: 1-866-891-7273

TOLL FREE: (866) 891-7273

TTY: (561) 355-1772

Free confidential support services are available:

  • Information about Victims’ rights
  • 24 hour crisis response
  • Free forensic/rape exam
  • Guidance & support through the Criminal Justice system
  • Assistance with filing
  • State Crime Victim Compensation
  • Injunctions for protection
  • Trauma informed Individual therapy and support groups
  • Follow up, information and referral to community resources

You can also visit the Palm Beach County Victim Services website, Facebook, Twitter, and blog.


information courtesy of cbs12.com (click here for the article in it’s entirety)



2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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No More Week 2017


“Be a part of NO MORE Week, our annual grassroots activation, March 5th-11th, to raise awareness and funds to help end domestic violence, sexual assault AND abuse (DV/SA).


— all information courtesy of NoMore.org


FCADV Youth Summit


For more information and to register, go to: http://fcadv.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=45


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Out of the Shadows


Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center joined Rescue Upstream and the Palm Beach State College Human Trafficking Committee on their Lake Worth campus to raise awareness.

The “Out of the Shadows” daytime event included presentations about human trafficking with an emphasis on the direct link of pornography with trafficking. Camera Hall, Survivor Action Team member and founder of Stolen People, gave a powerful spoken word performance of , “You are not forgotten”, depicting the invisibility of trafficking victims hidden in plain sight.

The evening segment provided a Human Trafficking documentary followed by discussion with the audience.

There was specific outreach to male survivors  by providing a speaker panel with Randy LaPierre,  Brent Berman, Psychotherapist, also Survivor Action Team members and Amy Schafer, PBCVS therapist.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month


According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:

“Teen dating violence (TDV) is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners, occurring in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and digital. TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures.

Although the dynamics of TDV are similar to adult domestic violence, the forms and experience of TDV, as well as the challenges in seeking and providing services, make the problem of TDV unique.”

Loveisrespect is an organization whose focus is to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

Throughout Respect Week, they will challenge us to get involved and help spread the word about teen dating violence. The Respect Week Guide 2017, gives more information about what you can do within your organization, school, or community.

One way you can participate is as easy as wearing ORANGE on February 14:


Visit their website for more information.



Healing Through the Arts


This event is open to the public and we invite you to attend.

If you would like to contribute art, writings, or a performance, please contact Monica Gonzalez for the application.