In 28 days, Georgians will have the opportunity to vote “YES” to protect Georgia’s sexually exploited children.
Constitutional Amendment 2- SR7 will be on the election ballots statewide, and if passed, will safeguard the lives of Georgia’s children who are victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking and hold accountable those who participate in their harm. If passed, the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund would provide for care, housing, rehabilitative, health and social services for sexually exploited children.
As we press towards our commitment on behalf of the children of Georgia, let us reflect on what has been accomplished since our first gathering 20 months ago:
On January 6, 2015, Rachel and I met with Governor Nathan Deal and Representative Andy Welch regarding Rachel’s Law Act legislation.
On January 11, 2015, Circle of Friends, in collaboration with 400 diverse and committed community partners, launched a statewide campaign, which inspired communities throughout Georgia to unite both in voice and in hope to work for an end to the sex trafficking and exploitation of children.
On, February 9, 2015, Rachel, a proud graduate of Circle of Friends: Living Water Programs lent her face and witness to those efforts, and we soon saw the “I am Rachel” campaign develop into (SR7). SR7 has become Constitutional Amendment 2 to be voted on by the people of Georgia on November 8, 2016.
On May 5, 2015, the Safe Harbor/Rachel’s Law Act and Senate Resolution 7 were signed by Governor Nathan Deal. And beginning with the commencement of early voting on October 17th, Georgia residents, will have the responsibility to vote this opportunity for critical funding into law.
On July 21, 2015, the award-winning CNN Special Report: Children For Sale: the Fight to End Human Trafficking featured Living Water for Girls. Through this documentary our girls spoke to people across the world about the perils of America’s domestic sex trafficking epidemic and their hope for a better tomorrow.
On January 10, 2016, Circle of Friends, gathered again with old and new community partners to reaffirm the commitment to raise awareness and educate all Georgians about children who are victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking and about Constitutional Amendment 2- SR7.
Circle of Friends has kept the need for support of SR7 on the forefront through an informational page on our website, postings on our social media platforms and by creating conversation lapel buttons and t-shirts.
Today, October 11, 2016, we thank you for your steadfast support over the past 20 months and for being the voice of Georgia’s children. Remember, Constitutional Amendment 2- SR7 is located at the end of the ballot.
Georgia’s Safe Harbor/Rachel’s Law Act is the first Safe Harbor law in the nation to be named after a survivor of human sex trafficking. Rachel is that survivor, and Circle of Friends is proud to have been with Rachel as her bravery inspired a campaign and as her voice was heard throughout the halls of the Georgia Capitol and the United Nations.
Rachel, in her own voice, in Seventeen Magazine and as retold in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Elle Magazine and in Good Housekeeping, recounts the experiences that led her to the State Capitol and the UN as a champion for all child sex trafficking victim-survivors.
It’s been a long journey in partnership to reach this critical moment. On November 8th, join us in voting “YES!” to Constitutional Amendment 2- SR7.
SPREAD THE WORD: Please take a moment each day to share this important information about Amendment 2- SR7 by using this flyer on social media, and in communications with family, friends and co-workers who live and work in Georgia.
For the safety, health and hope for all of Georgia’s children,
Founder & President
Circle of Friends &
The Living Water Programs