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Not In Georgia: Combating Human Sex Trafficking 2012 Poster Contest for Grades 9-12


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January 31, 2012 -- Students in grades nine through twelve are invited to submit their work for a statewide poster contest to promote a national hotline for reporting and preventing Human Sex Trafficking.


It is estimated that 5,000 girls a year are victims of sex trafficking in Georgia.  Because of its international airport and sprawling landscape, Atlanta is the center for this atrocity. We cannot stand by and allow sex trafficking to continue. Therefore, we have worked with a number of state and non-governmental organization partners to host seminars that are designed to help Georgia educators and social services workers recognize key indicators of possible human sex trafficking activities, as well as sex trafficking victims.
We also want to equip students with resources to help call attention to those that may be victims. A poster contest has been developed to promote the national hotline where individuals can report any suspicion of sex trafficking in their school or community.
The primary focus of the posters should be the national hotline, presented in a creative way that would grab the attention of students and teachers.  The national hotline phone number is 1-888-373-7888.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of state officials representing multiple areas of expertise. There will be two winners from each of our 16 Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) areas – one for an English poster and one for a Spanish poster (can’t be a duplicate poster translated). The winning posters from each region will be printed and sent to the respective RESA for distribution to the schools in that area.
The regional winners will receive a cash prize in each of the following categories – 1st place wins $100, 2nd place wins $50, and 3rd place wins $25. The regional winners will be notified by May 1, 2012.
Additionally, the winning posters in each region will be prominently displayed in schools within their respective region. The 1st place winning posters will be judged at the end of the year to determine one state winner for the English poster and one state winner for the Spanish poster. The state winners will be announced in December 2012. State winners will receive $250 (taxpayer funds are not used for any prizes).
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