We seek to provide awareness, education, prevention of Sex Trafficking and Exploitation. We recognize that the same environment that creates the victim can also create the offender. We teach the offender, the impact that Sex Trafficking has on victims, victim’s family, offender’s family, its impact on the community.
There is an epidemic that plagues our nation with Sex Trafficking and Exploitation. The ages of the victims and the offenders continue to be younger and the consequences more severe. A lack of education, resources, and awareness prevents society from identifying the victims and offenders.
The Project S.T.E.P. © will benefit children, youth, and adults by bringing awareness and education to those that have victimized others through Sex Trafficking and Exploitation.
The Project S.T.E.P. © will also benefit the offenders and educators by allowing them to interact with law enforcement.
The Project S.T.E.P. © curriculum will feature guest speakers such as Survivors of Trafficking, Ex-Traffickers, Healthcare Professionals, Career Counselors, Law Enforcement, Family Members of Victims, Financial Advisers, Employment Recruiters, and Life Coaches.
It is the intent of The Project S.T.E.P. © to instill empathy and accountability within offenders, through a group setting that hosts guest speakers sharing their personal experiences, educating offenders on the impact their crime has upon others as well as themselves.
The facilitators of The Project S.T.E.P. © will advocate awareness for those offenders who have been victimized themselves, by creating a better understanding of the lifelong trauma caused by Sex Trafficking and Exploitation.
The Project S.T.E.P.© COVID-19 Response
The Project S.T.E.P. started as a self-help group that was designed to instill empathy in offenders and educate them on the impact their actions have on victims. Guest speakers were invited to talk at facilities prior to COVID-19 to share their personal stories regarding the Life, and what could be done to correct this behavior.
COVID-19 became an unprecedented pandemic where few people were able to plan. Like many other educational institutions, we had to grapple with the best approach to continue making the program curriculum available to offenders.
We created a correspondence course that allowed offenders to still participate in the program which led to the development of an online course.
Our online course allows us to reach those who are currently on probation or parole.
We are continuously working on creative ways to meet those where they are so they can make a positive change in their life.
The Project S.T.E.P. is a proud 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit.
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The Project S.T.E.P. does not discriminate against any disability, sexual orientation, sexual identification, race, color, national and ethnic origin.
All the rights, privileges, programs, and activities of The Project S.T.E.P. are made available to all, regardless of disability, sexual orientation, sexual identification, race, color, national and ethnic origin.
At The Project S.T.E.P. we are always looking for support in our work. We could not do what we do without our dedicated and passionate volunteers and interns. Whatever your skillset or experience might be, we’d love to find a place for you here!