Live Your Dream Awards
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Education Awards for Women assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
Each year STAT! seeks out survivors of trafficking who are enrolled in college or vocational training and presents them with Live Your Dream Award. This cash award is meant to offset any costs associated with the recipient’s efforts to attain higher education, including tuition, books, supplies, child care or transportation costs.
The application period for a Live Your Dream Award is from July 1 – November 15 each year.
STAT! Salutes Our Mission Heroes
Each January – National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, STAT! honors people, businesses, and organizations that are taking a stand against modern-day slavery. These are community members who are not employed in the field but, rather, have a personal dedication to supporting victims, raising awareness and advocating on behalf of victims. Some of our past honorees have included:
- Truckers Against Trafficking
- Jaimee Johnson- a survivor who started the non-profit Sister of the Streets
- Several local reporters who have done an exceptional job reporting on human trafficking
- Community volunteers, like Ginger Shaw, who dedicates much of her time to fighting human trafficking
- Organizations like the Junior League and the Lawyers’ Club who have created special committees focused on ending modern-day slavery
- Businesses like The Body Shop and Happy Head Massage for raising money and awareness
Raising awareness and educating the public about sex trafficking in San Diego County and beyond is a large part of the STAT! mission.
In 2014 STAT! was a sub-grantee on the Rescue and Restore project through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Trafficking in Persons. This 3-year grant allowed us to raise awareness about all kinds of human trafficking, domestic and international.
Using the funds from this grant, STAT! created posters for trolley and bus lines in the southern part of the county. The posters were up during July of 2016 and 2017 and were seen by approximately 1.7 million people each year.
Over the 3-year period we tabled at multiple community events, sharing information about trafficking in San Diego and beyond. Although the grant has run out, we continue to participate in community events to raise awareness.