FDWO Third Annual “Protect the Children” Gala on June 28

FDWO Third Annual Gala

Female Development World Organization (FDWO) presents the 3rd Annual “Protect The Children” Gala 2018.  This annual fundraising event seeks to bring awareness to the growing issues of Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Prevention in local, and international communities. 

Against human trafficking

Human Trafficking is on the rise in America. The number of reported cases is over 35 percent higher between 2016 and 2017 nationally and over 50 percent higher State Florida; according to The Florida Department of Children and Families. 

It is important to raise awareness for the general public to become aware of these alarming numbers.

Names and types of Human Trafficking Statistics from 4,460 cases are listed as follows:

  1. Sex Trafficking (3,186),
  2. Labor Trafficking (689),
  3. Trafficking Type Not Specified (411),
  4. Sex and Labor (174) 174.

Human Trafficking Reported by States (2017)  

  1. California (705)
  2. Texas (433)
  3. Florida (329)
  4. Ohio (191)
  5. New York (180)

Types of Human Trafficking  

  1. Illicit Massage/Spa Business (435).
  2.  Hotel/Motel-Based (311)
  3. Residence-Based Commercial Sex (237)
  4. Escort Services (203)  

Children who experience the horrific and tragic ordeal of sexual violation or other traumas through trafficking, tend to struggle with fear, substance abuse, and shame.  Our aim is to silence the negative voices, help pass comprehensive legislation to protect them, and educate the communities most impacted, to create safe spaces, programs, and supports for those who were abused,” says Lavern Deer, FWDO Founder and CEO. 

Deeer heads a host committee that includes: Dr. Claude Jones, Medical Director, FDWO Honorary Board Member; Wayne Messam, Mayor, City of Miramar; Howard Berger, Vice Mayor, City of Lauderhill; Ken Thurston, Commissioner, City of Lauderhill, Julie Fishman, Commissioner City of Tamarac; Peter Simon, President City if Tamarac, and Stacey Mirander, CEO The Etiquette Consultant

This year’s “Protect The Children” gala in aid of Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Prevention, is planned for Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:00pm-11:00pm at the brand-new Crystal Ballroom located at The Venue Fort Lauderdale.

Keynote speaker is Representative Sean Shaw who is also a candidate for Florida Attorney General; special guest speaker is Tragil Wade, Founder of America’s Big Sister.

Entertainment will be provided by  Betty Wright and the MOST, artist under her mentorship.

Call (754) 715-3223 or visitwww.fdwo.org for tickets and tables information. Funds raised through the “Protect The Children”charity gala will benefit human trafficking and child abuse prevention.


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