May 16, 2021

‘Trafficking Hope’ event at Franklin First Baptist Church

(Franklin, GA) — Franklin First Baptist Church will be hosting a free community event on Saturday, August 17 from 10:00 AM until Noon.

Come learn about the realities of human trafficking and how we can stand against these injustices.

Guest speakers will include Amy Wagar and Lt. Darren Beams.

Amy has been active with her church in fighting sex trafficking since 2011. She serves as a Alabama Director for Trafficking Hope in helping to develop leadership, training protocols, and outreaches with churches in the state of Alabama and few surrounding states.

She is also responsible for developing all anti-trafficking efforts at all of the campuses of Church of the Highlands.

She leads small groups and speaks at events to educate the church and public about the dangers of sex trafficking and how others can get involved.

Amy works with local law enforcement and other anti-sex trafficking organizations to help bring support to their efforts.

She works one-on-one with victims and survivors of sex trafficked as a victim advocate trying to help get them out of the life and into recovery.

Amy grew up in the metro Birmingham area and graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of South Alabama.

She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in “Crisis Response and Trauma Counseling” at Liberty University.

Lt. Darren Beams has served the City of Tuscaloosa (AL) as a police officer since 2000, and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant.

He is the Commanding Officer of the ABC/CodeNice Division, which primarily handles alcohol licensing and violations, environmental complaints, as well as, vice crimes: Illegal gambling, Solicitation / Prostitution, and Human Trafficking.

Since joining the Tuscaloosa Police Dept. in 2000, Beams has served in the Uniform Patrol Division, HUD Division, and the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit.

Beams was instrumental in forming the new West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, changing local commercial sex related investigations to a Victim Centered Approach, and also participation by the task force in the NJSI (National Johns Suppression Initiative).

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