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News for the Week of Friday, January 20, 2017

FBI, CMPD Investigators Present Program
On Combating Human Trafficking Locally

By Kay May

Two Members of Human Trafficking Task Force presented a program on the “Collaborative Approach to Combat Human Trafficking.”Detective Sandy Richardson of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and Special Agent Karen Walsh of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) talked about human trafficking and the collaborative approach to combating it.

Detective Richardson has been with the CMPD for 23 years and is the Supervisor of the Human Trafficking Task Force. Special Agent Karen Walsh joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1998 and served almost 10 years in the New York City Division of the FBI conducting primarily complex financial fraud investigations, public corruption, and the events of 9/11/2001. For the past seven years she has been assigned to the Charlotte Division of the FBI where she conducted financial investigations and performed special operations. She currently works on a Violent Crimes Against Children squad in the Charlotte Division, investigating a myriad of crimes which violate federal law. She is passionate about keeping our children safe.

Detective Richardson shared how the CMPD uses various methods to identify potential victims. These include Online ads, surveillance, electronic evidence and interviews. There are many websites that promote the use of girls for the sex trade among them are Craig’s List, Twitter and Facebook. The CMPD uses the various sources to identify victims in the investigative process. The Human Trafficking Task Force focuses on girls who are under age and girls who were coerced into this trade.
Detective Richardson also talked about the language used when conducting the interviews with the potential victims and how this language is unique to this trade. She also talked about the Risk Factors of the victims. These include:
Prior Abuse or neglect
Poverty
Homelessness
Substance Abuse
DSS/Juvenile court
Rejected or Marginalized

She stressed that the victims do not see themselves as victims. They do not believe they are being abused.
Special Agent Karen Walsh discussed some common traits of the victims. These include but are not limited to the following:
Truancy, malnutrition/fatigue, anxiety, poor hygiene, multiple cell phones, brandings, markings or multiple tatoos. These do not necessarily mean that the girls with these traits are victims, but can be some traits. If they get a lead, they always follow up and not all leads turn out to be a victim.

Special Agent Walsh shared that the successful cases are partnerships between multiple agencies. She also provided resources for anyone who wants more information or potential victims who need help.

Dilworth Noting for January 20, 2017

Jan. 13, 2017 Rotary agenda
DISTRICT CONFERENCE –
April 28-30, 2017, Hyatt Regency, Greenville, SC
Join your Rotary Family for a weekend celebration in Greenville, SC. Walk through downtown for shopping, dining, and entertainment, tour historic districts, enjoy wine tastings at Victoria Valley Vineyards or chase speed at the BMW Performance Center. Learn more at www.visitgreenvillesc.com.

Sergeant at Arms – We need more Sergeants at Arms to support Rosemary, John Barringer. and Ret Turner. After my plea, Ed King and Kay May have volunteered. Thank you! . We need three more members of the committee…We’re almost there!
Wreath Sales – Final wreath sale results: Please get your payments in if you haven’t made them.

Corporate Memberships -Here’s what you need to know about corporate memberships and other new membership types:
 Clubs are free to offer alternative memberships of any kind. For corporate memberships, clubs count individuals as members, not the corporations that sponsor them.

 If corporate members pay RI dues, they will be included in their club’s official membership count and receive all the benefits that other active, dues-paying members enjoy.

 Clubs can have special policies for these members’ other financial obligations (club and district dues, meal costs, etc.), attendance requirements, or service expectations, as long as the club bylaws reflect these policies.

Paul Harris Fellow – Don’t forget, from now thru the 1st quarter of 2017, the club will match your contributions to RI Foundation to help you earn your first or next Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

International Service – South Mecklenburg Interact helps children in Peru Matthews Rotarian Raffaele Beltram, and fellow Rotarians and Interact Club of South Mecklenburg High School have received a proposal from the Salamanca de Monterrico Club in Lima, Peru for the use of the monies raised last school year 2015-16 by the Interact Club, a total of $800. These monies were matched equally by the South Park Rotary Club and the Matthews Rotary Club, thus they have a total of $1,600. Current Interact President Gilda and past president Emilio have submitted the following plan to benefit the Children with Cancer Home: purchases of 1 Ozone water filter, 2 carbon filters (to replace current ones), electrical installation, 25 dinner sets (plates, cups, glasses, silverware), 4 metal bunk beds with two mattresses each, transportation, food and cleaning items.

Member and Club News for January 20, 2017

Happy Birthday

Joe Morris, Jan. 14
Tamrah Jordan, Jan. 17

Members Matching CART Donations in January
Tamrah Jordan, Jim Stump, Sally Morris

Member Rotary Anniversaries

Dewey V. Jenkins, Jan. 1, 1991, President 2007–08
Evan H Webster, Jan.1, 1985, President 2006-07

Programs

Jan. 20
“”Financial Report”
Treasurer Joy Rucker

Jan. 27
“Duke Carbon
Duke University
Offsets Initiative”

Feb. 3 Brealfast
“Transgender Topics”
Becky Stamler Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Nazareth Child & Family Connection

Feb. 10
“Marketing & Public Relations Training”
Elaine Lyerly, The Lyerly Agency

Feb. 17
“How I Got Where I Am”

Feb. 24
Community Service Day
Second Harvest Food Bank, time to be determined

Coming Events

Crisis Assistance Ministry
Jan. 28
9-11 a.m.
Process donations

Adopt a Street Litter Sweep
Feb. 18
8:30 a.m..
Meet at Camden and West Boulevard

Second Harvest Food Bank
Feb. 24
1-3 p.m.

Mid-Year Assembly
Feb. 4
9 a.m.
UNCC uptown, 320 E. Ninth St.

International Convention
June 10- 14, 2017
Daily schedule
Atlanta