FLUSHING —The GFWC Flushing Women’s Club and Kathy’s 126 Restaurant–NLounge are very pleased to inform you about a book signing event to be held at Kathy’s 126 on Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m. The book is titled “Human Trafficking 101 – Stories, Stats, and Solutions” by Amy Joy Rouleau, BSW, MPA.
Rouleau is the Founder and Executive Director of Restoration Place, a local faith-based, nonprofit organization to help minor victims of sexual exploitation. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan.
Rouleau has spoken at global and national anti-human trafficking conferences and given more than 200 presentations and training seminars. Scheduled among these seminars will be one at The Potter’s Wheel, 2940 Georgetown Parkway, in Fenton on Nov. 10, at 9:45 a.m. These seminars include a certificate of completion and a certificate for three hours in Continuing Education Credits for Social Work.
Rouleau said while it is difficult to get ahead of traffickers, the best weapon is education.
“Traffickers know within eight minutes if they’ve got somebody,” she said. “They know based on how they walk, if they make eye contact, how they respond to a question.
“Kids present vulnerabilities, and if we teach kids how to eliminate some of these vulnerabilities, we can prevent human trafficking from happening in the onset,” she added.
This book offers insights and signs to watch for, as well as solutions if you suspect abuse. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) have long been advocates in the fight against human trafficking. Flushing Women’s Club participates in Restoration Place’s “Jam Jar Fundraiser,” attends their “Restore Hope Banquet” and makes a donation yearly to the organization. Rouleau is a frequent speaker at GFWC Club meetings and a friend of both the Flushing Women’s Club and their sister club, GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club.
Kathy Birchmeier, owner of Kathy’s 126 Restaurant- N-Lounge, is very active in community events, holding memberships in the Red Hat Society, Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. Birchmeier, a patron and sponsor of many Arts and Literature events, is also a new member with GFWC Flushing Women’s Club. — B.G.