Kerri Pedrick has joined WA Engage as the Executive Director. Her passion and experience is in empowering and directly supporting young people, refugees and those who serve them. For the last seven years, Kerri has served in different areas of leadership at Peace Community Center in Tacoma, WA. Kerri's education is in community-based social work with a master’s degree in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, NY. She grew up in rural eastern Washington but has called Tacoma home for the last 13 years, where she lives with her husband James and daughter Penny. Kerri is excited to put her passion, experience and skills to work to help prevent human trafficking by protecting and empowering the most vulnerable in our communities.
This week WA Engage is training the first group of facilitators for the new Take On Olympia Program! Housed in the Thurston County Juvenile Court, male and female facilitators will be working with at-risk youth in the detention center, on probation and also civil youth, to engage them in the fight against human trafficking. Continue reading
Through a strong partnership with Dr. Cynthia Wolfe, Emergency Room and Family Care physician, WA Engage is able to offer training for medical personnel on screening patients for human trafficking. For medical staff unable to attend an in-person training, there is now a professional online alternative.... Continue reading
Congratulations to Jeri Moomaw and Ruth Hill for an amazing job this week presenting a 2-hour workshop on human trafficking at the ATNI Conference (Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians). Jeri also gave a general assembly presentation to over 200 tribal leaders! Continue reading
Be sure to visit the new 2016 Legislative Session page to learn about anti-trafficking bills introduced this session...