Press release from the Richmond Justice Initiative:
RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) received a $10,000 contribution from AT&T to support its ongoing prevention education programs.
The announcement was made at Hermitage High School.
The latest contribution from AT&T will allow RJI’s signature, award-winning Prevention Project® program to expand its prevention education resources and to continue to reach more schools around Virginia, and across the country! The Prevention Project team works with advocates and local school officials to get the curriculum in their schools. The Prevention Project is now in North Carolina, Texas, Oregon, and has furthered its reach to more schools in VA!
Jessica Willis, Director of Prevention Education, said: “We at RJI are committed to providing the highest quality prevention education to equip students, parents, and teachers to identify, report, and prevent human trafficking. With AT&T’s support, we will be able to grow Prevention Education resources to meet crucial needs and continue to reach students, parents/guardians, and school staff. Human trafficking is a growing crime, and our communities need to be well-equipped to prevent trafficking from occurring in their schools and in their lives.”
Sara Pomeroy, founder and executive director of RJI added: “We at Richmond Justice Initiative are blown away and so encouraged by the continued passion and generosity of AT&T. This contribution is a clear indication that this is a company that believes in giving back to the communities where they serve. This contribution allows us to continue to expand the program to reach more students who will never have to experience the tragedy of being enslaved, because they have been given the opportunity to be educated about this issue of human trafficking.”
Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia, said AT&T provides support to organizations that are doing important work in communities across Virginia.
“Human trafficking is a serious issue in Virginia, and the U.S., and RJI is leading the way on prevention and awareness-raising activities,” said Apruzzese. “They’re doing great work, and we’re pleased to support their efforts.”
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A $25,000 contribution from AT&T in 2012 helped RJI launch its youth prevention and awareness project. The company also contributed $10,000 in 2013.
RJI is a non-profit, faith based organization whose mission is to educate, equip and mobilize communities with the tools needed to be a force in the global movement to end human trafficking. For more information on RJI, please visit www.rvaji.com.
The Virginia Free Citizen is dedicated to reporting on the fight against human trafficking across Virginia, whether it be through the efforts of state and local governments, law enforcement or non-profit organizations. For more information about human trafficking, please check out these articles. More information about the Richmond Justice Initiative’s efforts to combat human trafficking can be found here.