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Shedding Light on Sex Trafficking


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Shedding Light on Sex Trafficking A new publication has been released from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Luskin Center for Innovation entitled “Shedding Light on Sex Trafficking: Research, Data and Technologies with the Greatest Impact.” The value of the report lies not in the novelty of its content but rather in the way it can be used to help communities organize their efforts to combat human trafficking, with resources for technology to assist in those efforts. According to […]

TBCAC Local Council: Request for Safe Sleep Proposals


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As a recipient of grant dollars from the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center and its local council must commit to raising awareness and providing support around the issue of safe sleep in Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties. In accordance with this requirement, the Local Council for this region is requesting proposals from nonprofit organizations that wish to purchase and distribute safe sleep materials in their area as well as educate community members about safe […]

You’re pretty special. Just saying.


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There’s no TECHY on staff at TBCAC. We are a flock of empathic, sensitive, diligent individuals committed to protecting children and promoting their wellbeing. We are strategic-thinkers and do-gooders who aim to change the world. We don’t know much about building databases. We don’t know much about hooking up audio visual stuff. We understand that WiFi exists, but we have no idea how.     And yet, we utilize sophisticated technology every day in the investigation of child abuse cases. We just […]

Be More Awesome.


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Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again. Time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Time to give voice to inspired intentions. Time to take action to transform our dreams into reality. During the past 12 months, the TBCAC grew from serving two counties to five. We facilitated twice as many prevention programs and experienced record-breaking numbers of interviews. More than 860 children have walked through our doors since launching our Center merely five years […]

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When Things Go Right


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    “I felt it was important to let you know… “             December 16, 2015 Mrs. Bolde, I recently made use of your facility to assist me in a complaint our department was investigating. This was the first time I have used a Child Advocacy Center, and I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with your staff. Family Advocate Gwen Taylor initially assisted in the in-processing. As you know, successful investigation […]

Budget Pact Raids Victims Funds


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WALL STREET JOURNAL BY DEVLIN BARRETT | November 1, 2015 WASHINGTON—  The government’s just-approved budget deal takes $1.5 billion from a fund for crime victims and uses it instead to help pay for federal spending, drawing on a growing reserve collected from settlements with banks and major corporations. The unprecedented transfer, part of closed-door negotiations between the Obama administration and congressional leaders, has raised the ire of advocates. They say it violates the integrity of a decades-old program that funds safe havens for […]

A Partnership for the Victims of Child Abuse


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CADILLAC NEWS BY RICK CHARMOLI  | October 26, 2015 WEXFORD — A new partnership between Wexford County and a national organization with local ties is looking to help protect children when they need it most. Recently, Wexford County has entered into talks with the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. The Traverse City center is a regional response center for the protection and well-being of children. It provides prevention education and multidisciplinary intervention in the investigation, assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse, child […]

Preventing Abuse Through Story, Song


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TRAVERSE CITY RECORD EAGLE BY SARAH ELMS selms@record-eagle.com | October 11, 2015 TRAVERSE CITY — Jenifer Strauss and Miriam Pico aim to reduce child sexual abuse through story and song. The local storyteller and singer-songwriter are teaming up with officials from the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center and the Traverse Area District Library to host a special story time geared toward young kids and their families. “This topic is a sensitive one, but it’s also a really important one,” Strauss said. […]

One in 10: Teachers taught signs of child sexual abuse


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TRAVERSE CITY RECORD EAGLE BY SARAH ELMS selms@record-eagle.com | September 3, 2015 TRAVERSE CITY — Nearly 600 Traverse City Area Public Schools employees will go through a new safety training before classes resume next week — one that focuses on keeping children safe outside of the classroom. The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center through a grant from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is providing free training throughout the community on how adults can identify and respond to child sexual […]

Children’s Advocacy Center Expands


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TRAVERSE CITY RECORD EAGLE BY SARAH ELMS selms@record-eagle.com | August 18, 2015 TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center has become a regional response hub for cases of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and witness to violence, and officials have a new building to help them handle the increased caseload. The center started with partnerships in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties and with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The center’s reach has grown in the […]