Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The BEST is yet to come

What a wonderful initiative in Miami...

What is B.E.S.T.?
B.E.S.T.™ – Building Empowerment By Stopping Trafficking, Inc., is a non-profit organization in Miami, Florida committed to meaningful interventions to assist girls, women and others being trafficked, prevent future trafficking and engage the community in a campaign to understand and stop trafficking. You can be the B.E.S.T. by joining us in our goals.
As our leaders in law and in the community come together to tackle the complexities of sex trafficking, our hopes are to put Miami and Florida center stage with successful methods in combating this not only international but domestic issue. Through years of research and development of best practices, B.E.ST™ and BEST’s LAWS™ will show effective and innovative means in addressing this multi-faceted problem. The commercial sexual exploitation of American youth is an unspeakable crime in which South Florida is a magnet and playground for traffickers and buyers alike. Miami and Fort Lauderdale are two cities in Florida that provide particularly luring destinations for both tourists and locals looking to buy and sell children in the sex trade. - Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Report
While there are organizations that deal with human trafficking and domestic violence matters, few specifically target trafficked youth and adults with not only the goal to assist the victim but with the final realization of getting the trafficker. B.E.S.T.’s methods provide Education, Advocacy, Shelter, Empowerment and Prosecution alignment, based on a methodology that is a tailored, multi-disciplinary, multi-faceted approach to working with trafficking victims through the court system by closely aligning and training law enforcement to improve the quality of actionable information being provided to Federal and State Law Enforcement. By becoming part of the B.E.S.T. Method training, at a minimum, you will understand how the process of trafficking in persons affect the health of its victims and be able to determine appropriate strategies to be aligned with criminal justice practitioners to enable a victim to assist the criminal justice process. In addition, you will be able to recall forms of control of victims in sex trafficking in cases and explain the options for dealing with the main forms of control when working through the investigative stages of sex trafficking cases. Upon completion of this phase of the B.E.S.T. training program, users will be able to understand and appreciate the overall objective law enforcement interviews with victims of sex trafficking who are potential witnesses and outline key differences between interviews of suspected sex trafficking victims who are potential witnesses in court cases and those in other forms of crime. Users will be able to identify the five stages of a victim interview and understand the importance in planning for interviews, the practical steps that assist in planning the interview, and elements required to engage with a victim-witness of sex trafficking in an evidential interview. The B.E.S.T. method training process is a comprehensive cohesive method that aligns, custody and safety of the victim, with the law enforcement interview process, and the complete stages of the court processes, and the ultimate intent to identify with reliable information the trafficker and the buyer.
B.E.S.T. — Gets to the victim at the initial stage with law enforcement or before
B.E.S.T. — Provides LAWS and W LAWS
B.E.S.T. — Coaches throughout the entire process
B.E.S.T. — Trains throughout the entire process
B.E.S.T. — Provides safe harbor
B.E.S.T. — Aims for accountable information to target the trafficker and the buyer

Be part of B.E.S.T.’s:
EDUCATION – Training community members about recognizing and aiding victims.
ADVOCACY – Through B.E.S.T.’s LAWS™ and W LAWS™ projects, training lawyers, social workers, court personnel and other legal professionals to advocate for the victims of trafficking in multiple areas of law
SHELTER – Providing emergency shelter of trafficked women and girls who are in immediate danger
EMPOWERMENT – Coaching, mentoring, training, and providing mental and emotional therapy to victims to help them overcome the trauma of victimization
JOIN THE B.E.S.T. TEAM FOR THE B.E.S.T. CAUSE – Building Empowerment By Stopping Trafficking – Because YOU ARE THE B.E.S.T.

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That human trafficking and sexual exploitation are unacceptable realities for a 21st century America.
That by bringing together all the right people, we can put a stop to this vicious practice.
That all people have the right to freedom – to choose their lives and have the opportunity to fulfill on those choices.

B.E.S.T. Services:
Acclimatization and reintegration method
Victim hotline and counseling
Community-specific trainings
General population awareness campaigns
Emergency shelter
Basic health services (first aid, HIV testing)
Advocacy training and advocates hotline

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