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NEWS FROM CAASE:
On Sunday, March 2, CAASE Executive Director, Kaethe Morris Hoffer spoke at Congregation Solel’s Women’s Seder in Highland Park. Women from the surrounding North Shore communities gathered together for a festive meal and a second helping of human trafficking awareness.
On February 6, 2014, the Cook County court vacated the prostitution convictions of CAASE client - Joel Filmore, a survivor of sex trafficking. The court also granted a petition to seal other eligible convictions and arrests in his criminal record.
"Winning this case was a relief, validation, and excitement. I know my husband and I can move forward and adopt a child,” said Joel. “It shows that the last 10 years of my life have been validated."
On Saturday, February 8th, CAASE's Young Activist Council (YAC) participated in a Guest Bartending fundraiser at STATE bar in Lincoln Park. In just two short hours, YAC raised over $500 for CAASE by selling $15 wristbands for guests who enjoyed delicious appetizers and drinks.
CAASE is very pleased to announce that U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen has invited Breaking Free's founder and Executive Director, Vednita Carter, to be his guest at the 2014 State of the Union Address, thanks to her tireless and innovative work on behalf of victims of sex trafficking. CAASE applaudes Paulsen for recognizing Vednita’s national leadership to provide survivors with the dignity and services they deserve.
1/22/2014- The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth interviewed CAASE Outreach Education Associate, Caleb Probst, on the prevention curriculum -“Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation,” first developed in 2009.
CAASE Executive Director, Kaethe Morris Hoffer led a discussion about sexual exploitation on Sunday evening at the Wilmette Public Library. The event was sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women and the Congregation Hakafa Justice for Women Group.
On Saturday, Jan. 11- nationally recognized as Human Trafficking Awareness Day- CAASE's Young Activist Council (YAC) and Traffick Free hosted a community awareness event at Overflow Cafe to discuss efforts to end human trafficking in Chicago. Aldermen Bob Fioretti and Toni Foulkes presented a certificate of recognition of National Human Trafficking Day to the organizers and commended them for their continued efforts.