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 kent county human trafficking task force



 impact groups & strategy

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Join us to learn more about the intersections of culture and equity with policy and practice. Our speaker Kathy Chen will share her experience working in cross sector settings where culture informs practice and influences policy to help victim workers in the illicit massage industry. She digs deep into root causes of exploitation and how we can move toward equitable solutions.

creating a future free from human trafficking

“If you love your community, then you need to be insisting on justice in all circumstances.” Bryan Stevenson

story collective : a night for freedom



“maybe stories are just data with a sOUL” Brene Brown

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On Monday February 25 we gathered to experience the power of story and watch art create beauty out of what was once broken. To learn about the story of exploitation in our community in the illicit massage industry in Grand Rapids. We highlight the important role each person and organization in our community has in being a part of the solution to end exploitation. The small, daily actions done by individuals, combined with the actions of businesses, community, and organizations; all together make up the larger, bold movement of prevention, decreasing demand and increasing care for victims.




"I’ve   been   beat   up   by   my   pimp   and   I am  tired   but   I have   no   place   to   go."

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The Data Project

A ground breaking data driven research report on the prevalence of commercial sexual exploitation (sex trafficking) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” 
― Dorothy Day



We work with our collaborative partners to collect data so that we can combat human trafficking through information. Data informs how we implement strategy for prevention, intervention and treatment.


We seek to foster a space to build connectivity for solutions. We want to connect cross sector leaders, leverage survivors voices, engage volunteers with opportunities, raise awareness, and in the end recognize  relationships are a force for change. 


Partners can learn and work with one another through cross-sector collaboration. SEE. seeks to bring together cross-sector leaders to coordinate and build relationships that will be a powerful force against human trafficking. 


Change comes through creative and equitable strategic action.  Data  informed strategy will educate, inspire, and move our community to act and mobilize the movement to end human exploitation.