Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz and Deputy Police Chief Harrison Daniel join Safe America CEO in Athens City Hall to Kick off the ‘Safety Zone’ concept.
A salute to Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz and Police Chief Jerry Saulters who helped start new programs to help protect UGA students as well as young Clarke County school students. Safe America CEO Len Pagano offered support to teach youth with the ‘SAFE Tomorrows’ program… and to also invite Clarke Central High School students to become interns for the ‘Safety News Network’ program on YouTube.
“We’re saddened with what’s happened recently – in schools and in cities. And, we’re going to focus on how to encourage greater safety – not only for parents but for the students who have to grow up and understand safety themselves,” Pagano noted. “We’re proud of the Athens leadership – and Chief Jerry Saulters – and we look forward to doing more. We also support the University of Georgia and thank them for the interns they’ve provided for our YouTube ‘SNN’ network,” he added.
A new video on helping protect young girls from human trafficking is another project being produced this summer. Justin Mullis, a SPIA student at UGA, is finishing the production of the report on protecting women and young girls.
“We look forward to more interns in 2022-23 school year,” Pagano noted. “And, thanks to Athens non-profits like “Bigger Vision,” we’ll do more to help those who are homeless… plus support new safety techniques like using drones.”
Athens Chamber of Commerce President David Bradley has shown support for the new ‘Safety Zone’ programming that Safe America has offered leadership for. Pagano thanks Mr. Bradley for his support and offering advice on how to work in Clarke County – even considering support for donations. For firms or non-profits interested in being involved, contact Ty Morrow at (404)-997-9804.
David Okech, a professor in the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work, established the Center on Human Trafficking Research & Outreach in 2021. He said in an email to The Red and Black that he developed his interest in the subject during a trip with his students to Ghana. During this time he worked alongside his students at a residential care facility for girls and women at-risk of trafficking
Okech told The Red and Black that CenHTRO’s goal is to address gaps in the measurement of human trafficking’s worldwide prevalence and implement evidence-informed interventions. “CenHTRO is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and international research hub in the global effort to combat human trafficking,” Okech said.
André Gallant, the director of communications for CenHTRO, said in an email to The Red & Black that they do not save people. Instead, they focus on finding the regions and industries human trafficking is taking place within, how often and why it is happening and how to effectively stop it.
Okech and his organization are taking an incredibly holistic approach, using law, sociology, public health, political science, and statistics to help combat human trafficking. The amazing work done Okech is an inspirational example of how dawgs can not only give back to their community but to the world.