The mission of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition (CMSHTC) is to end and prevent forced labor and sexual exploitation of innocent children, women and men. Through advocacy, active engagement in community collaboration and education, the coalition seeks to identify victims, expose traffickers and users, promote slave free practices and support survivors of human trafficking on their journey toward wholeness. The coalition envisions communities free of modern day slavery.
The coalition began in April of 2008, as a means to sustain anti-trafficking efforts following the Stop Traffic conference held at the University of Missouri in March. CMSHTC became a multi-sector coalition made up of members of the community and representatives from different organizations: local and federal law enforcement, social-service providers, faith based organizations, students, educators, health care providers and others..
The coalition envisions communities free of modern day slavery.
The coalition continues to raise awareness of human trafficking and support local survivors in and around Central Missouri. The coalition facilitates numerous trainings, seminars and various events each year to bring attention to the cause. Annual events such as, the Freedom 5K Walk and the Freedom by Fashion Show benefit are held to raise funds to provide local survivors the needed support enabling them to break the chains of their trafficker. The coalition has funded counseling sessions, provided shelter and food, secured transportation, etc. allowing survivors to continue their journey towards wholeness.
The community is encouraged to get involved by attending open meetings held the 1st Thursday of the month. The coalition also provides a toll free number to help survivors in need or provide direction to concerned community members who may come across a trafficking situation.
Our Advisory Board
- Christine McDonaldActivist, Speaker and Author of "Cry Purple"
- Anna RentschlerVice President and BSA Office of Central Bancompany
- Leela JashaniProprietress of America's Best Value Inn
- Dr. Anne DeatonUniversity of Missouri-Columbia