NWCAT receives community service award
( NWCAT) - The Northwest Coalition Against Trafficking, a program arm of Soroptimist International Northwestern Region, was awarded the 2011 Community Service Award presented by Soroptimist International of Olympia.
The annual SI Olympia service awards are given to organizations that work to implement the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Past recipients have included: the YWCA, the Tronie Foundation and SafePlace to name a few. "SI Olympia voted unanimously this year to give the service award to NWCAT. We are inspired by the work the organization does in partnership with Soroptimist clubs of the Northwestern Region to raise awareness of human sex trafficking. We believe the work of NWCAT helps to shed light on modern day slavery that is occurring in our communities and supports efforts to ensure women and girls live safe, happy and productive lives," said Alyson Cummings, SI Olympia President.
NWCAT was founded by three Soroptimist clubs in Clark County, Washington in 2009; now under the direction of an Advisory Council and overseen by the SI Northwestern Region's Board of Directors, NWCAT continues to help bring awareness, education and trainings to the public as well as members of Soroptimist International. NWCAT in 2010 launched a Survivor's Network [S2S = survivor to survivor] and today has over 20 survivors and family members of victims. NWCAT is best known for their annual conference in January which this past year attracted over 500 people from 21 states including partners like actress Daryl Hannah and journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell. NWCAT is a coalition of many partners including the United Nations, National Human Trafficking Resource Center and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
For more information on NWCAT visit www.nwcat.org. For more information on Soroptimist International Northwestern Region visit www.soroptimistnwr.org