Mother and Daughter Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking

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Co-Founders of 4P Project, NAPW VIP Members
NAPW members Stephanie Ransom and Jessica Vincent
Co-Founders of the 4P Project

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities about how to prevent it. Statistics show that women and children are a large part of this suffering and it is an issue NAPW takes seriously.

This week’s feature story provides our readers and NAPW members with an eye-opening account of a mother and daughter who are doing their part in the fight against human trafficking, a disturbing form of sexual violence that unfortunately exists within our country, not only overseas.

As Co-Founders of the 4P Project, Stephanie Ransom and Jessica Vincent have created a nonprofit organization that works with communities to prevent sex slavery and human trafficking. Jessica has served in the US Army for over 19 years. During her service, she has witnessed human trafficking overseas as well as in the US. After sharing her experiences with her mother Stephanie, they knew something needed to be done and were inspired to get involved in the growing collaboration campaigns that raise awareness about human trafficking. Together, they created the 4P Project and now work tirelessly to build awareness and educate others by providing resources and the most up-to-date international and national news.

The 4P Project website serves as a source to obtain information that is relevant and reliable. It covers breaking news on sex trafficking, forced labor, legislation, corporate social responsibility, education and traveling worldwide. Stephanie and Jessica’s mission is to implement the counter-human trafficking 4P paradigm: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership in everyday life. Based out of the southeast region in Arizona, they collaborate with law enforcement, intertwining their efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking, domestic violence, drugs and sexual assaults. They strive to help as many people as possible but mainly women and children.

“There are children involved and preyed upon. Their vulnerability is gone and it is up to us to stop this as soon as possible,” Stephanie said. Children are mainly trafficked in Arizona through drug sales and sexual services. “It is very incorrect that this only happens in Europe.” It is estimated that 600,000-800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls and up to 50% are minors.

When asked how they cope with the horror stories and experiences of victims who they interact with, Stephanie simply replied, “It is an extremely dark matter and can be overwhelming but I have to stay focused on what we are working towards. We have to save as many children as possible.”

Recently, Stephanie and Jessica collaborated with the Start by Believing campaign, which is sponsored by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). It is an organization dedicated to improving the criminal justice response to violence against women on every level. EVAWI recognizes the many steps a survivor must take on the road to healing and has all the resources and tools to help victims. Reaching out to a friend or loved one, being interviewed in detail by police officers and submitting a medical forensic exam can take hours – even days, all to hold a rapist/abuser accountable for the emotional and physical pain they inflict. EVAWI believes it does not have to be a difficult and embarrassing process. The organization was created to make safer communities, and first and foremost – to make victims feel safe. EVAWI recently marked its first global appearance on April 6, 2016.

Beyond her role at 4P Project, Jessica is extremely passionate about helping to improve efforts in human trafficking in her everyday work. She is the Intelligence Director of Counter Human Trafficking Compliance Solutions. The company helps maintain a human traffic-free, socially responsible and secure supply chain. She assists with establishing compliance with relevant legislation, regulations and best practices as well as through on-the-ground assessments of supply chain activities. She provides clients with operational guidance for security threats, non-technical risks and geo-political issues in parallel with their ethical manpower provisions.

Separately and together, this remarkable mother and daughter team are doing their part to help raise awareness about sexual violence against women and children in this country. It is a difficult topic to address but one that needs our attention and it is through grassroots organizations such as the 4P Project and the tireless efforts of women like Stephanie and Jessica that others will be encouraged to act now.

“The future of 4P Project has a long battle ahead to eradicate modern-day human trafficking. It is important to not turn your head and look away,” Stephanie said. “Your awareness may save someone’s life. It is urgent that society takes notice and collaborates together to save the lives of our precious children and innocent victims from human trafficking.”

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