New Co-Chair

BCAT Welcomes New Co-Chair

Patti Cullen has now joined Kathy Bennett as the new co-chair of the coalition. (You may remember reading about Patti in a recent BCAT Newsletter profile.) She is a founding member of BCAT and serves on the coalition’s Community Outreach Sub-Committee, working on such projects as movie screenings, hotel outreach, 2018 conference planning, and community events to raise awareness about human trafficking in our county. Patti is on the Board of Directors of Soroptimist International of Indian Rock, Inc., a Bucks County professional women’s service organization working to improve the lives of women and young girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Patti also serves a grant writer for Soroptimist International, securing grants for such projects as GED tutoring for women recovering from substance abuse and for human trafficking victim care kits. The kits are distributed to women and young girls identified as victims of human trafficking or domestic abuse.

Patti Cullen participated June 8 in a panel discussion titled “Current Efforts and Available Services” at the “Human Trafficking: Beyond Awareness to Action” conference presented by the Nationalities Service Center, The University of Thomas Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Dawn’s Place, Villanova University Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Salvation Army New Day Drop-In Center.

The full-day conference–a response to increased awareness of human trafficking and the desire to curb the crime and aid victims and survivors-brought together survivors, law enforcement, attorneys, social service providers, health care providers, businesses and consumers to talk about the human trafficking situation in the area and to highlight services available throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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