ATLANTA, GA – Tonight, Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams accepted the “Public Service Award” from Tabitha’s House, a 501(c)3 organization founded to protect, support, and empower young boys and girls who have been victimized through sex trafficking. Abrams is the first recipient of the “Public Service Award” at the non-profit organization’s benefit gala. She was honored for her proven track record of working to protect victims of human and sex trafficking.
“I am deeply humbled to accept the “Public Service Award” from Tabitha’s House, an organization that does the hard and vital work of rehabilitating survivors of sex trafficking,” said Leader Stacey Abrams. “As a state legislator, I consistently worked across the aisle to pass legislation that comprehensively strengthened laws and increased penalties against human trafficking. Georgia needs a governor committed to finding permanent solutions to end human trafficking in our state. As governor, I will work closely with groups like Tabitha’s House to build upon their ongoing outreach, education, treatment, and coordination efforts that support survivors and to hold perpetrators accountable.”
Stacey Abrams’ Record
Stacey Abrams has a strong record of working to protect Georgia’s children, and she has always been a strong supporter of survivors of sexual assault and abuse. As a state legislator, Abrams supported various pieces of legislation to combat human and sex trafficking in the state of Georgia:
- In 2008, voted in support of SR 445, a resolution to create a bipartisan study commission on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors in Georgia,
- In 2011, voted for HB 200, legislation that comprehensively strengthened laws against human trafficking,
- In 2015, voted in favor of SB 8, legislation that set up the Safe Harbor Fund to make sure that Georgia’s children who have suffered from rape and abuse aren’t re-traumatized and broken down further through prosecution and incarceration,
- Co-sponsored HB 480 in 2013, legislation that added victim assistance personnel to the list of people who can be present when a child testifies in a sex abuse case,
- Co-sponsored HB 797 in 2013, to extend the window of time that victims of certain sexual offenses may request compensation for being victim of a crime, and
- Supported the Safe Harbor Commission and Fund Amendment in 2016.
Earlier this week, Stacey Abrams released her comprehensive, common-sense community safety plan for Georgia.
About Tabitha’s House
Tabitha’s House, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides services to victims of sex trafficking. The mission of Tabitha’s House, Inc. is to provide resources via residential accommodations, mental health counseling and intervention. Their program was designed to assist individuals with daily life skills by providing programs that enhance quality of life. The program attempts to terminate repetitive, negative thought patterns and behaviors, generate an awareness of more positive options and maintain a new and improved way of life. The aim of Tabitha’s House is to bring fresh AIR (awareness, impact, and restoration) to communities through rescue, rehabilitation, and restoration of individuals, families and communities. Tabitha’s House aims to break the vicious cycle through awareness, prevention, identification, intervention and education.