Christy’s Cause Announces New Advisory Council Members

Christy’s Cause, a local non-profit working to eradicate child sex trafficking, announces new advisory council members, Jason Perry and Sergeant Wade Williams.

Online PR News – 14-January-2020 – Estero, FL – Christy’s Cause, a local non-profit working to eradicate child sex trafficking through education, public awareness, restoration projects, and justice initiatives, announces new advisory council members Jason Perry and Sergeant Wade Williams. The new members join current advisory board members Jeff Cecil, Lt. Daniel Cote, Francine Donnorummo, Sam Galloway III, and Wayne Smith.

“Our advisory council consists of thoughtful community leaders who meet once a year to advise our board of directors regarding the impact of our programs and fundraising,” said Christy Ivie, founder of Christy’s Cause. “These individuals are well-known and respected in the fight against human trafficking. We admire their work in our community and are grateful for their guidance.”

Human trafficking is on the rise tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world and the fastest growing, according the US Department of Health and Human Services. Thousands of American children are at risk of becoming victims of child sex trafficking (US Department of Justice) with Florida ranking third in reported human trafficking cases (National Human Trafficking Resource Center).

Perry works in Investment Management and Financial Planning at Securities America, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Ladenberg Thalmann Financial Corporation, one of the Top 10 Independent broker-dealer firms in the country with roots dating back to 1876 and more than $86 Billion in total client assets under management. Perry has been dedicated to working alongside of organizations such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Christy’s Cause to eradicate child sex trafficking and the exploitation of children. He is passionate about taking a stand to protect children from predators and utilizes his energies to collaborate with like-minded organizations such as Christy’s Cause to stamp out this horrible epidemic.

Sergeant Wade Williams, of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Bureau Exploitation Section, holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminology from Florida State University. He began his Law Enforcement career in 2003 as a patrol Deputy and Detective. He has been with the Collier County Sherriff’s Office for over fifteen years and has extensive specialized training in the areas of leadership, community relations, and investigations. He is responsible for managing Collier County’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Federal Task Force, the Missing Persons Unit, the Internet Exploitation Unit, and the Human Trafficking Unit, is the Supervisor for sworn Detectives and Civilian Deputies, a Member of Child Abduction Response Team (CART), and the on the Human Trafficking Task Force for the Middle District of Florida. His dedication and hard work have resulted in the arrest and prosecution of numerous sex predators. He has received many awards for his work including a “Teamwork” award for successful supervision of a multi-jurisdictional Human Trafficking investigation and mass arrest operation stemming from this investigation that resulted in the apprehension of 15 suspects for human trafficking related crimes dubbed “Operation Human Freedom.” Williams is passionate about teaching other law enforcement officers and speaks regularly in the community where he and Christy Ivie met. They share a passion to eradicate child sex trafficking and exploitation and have enjoyed collaborating on training events such as the annual Human Trafficking Symposium. “Working with our most vulnerable victims has given me the greatest sense of accomplishment than any other position in my career,” said Williams.

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About Christy’s Cause

Christy’s Cause, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization launched in Estero, Florida in 2015 that is working to eradicate child sex trafficking and exploitation through education, public awareness, restoration projects, and justice initiatives. Christy’s Cause collaborates with existing organizations who are providing services to victimized minors locally, nationally, and globally. Christy’s Cause works to create awareness through speaking engagements, public service announcements, social media initiatives and community events. To effectively understand issues concerning the commercial sexual exploitation of children, Christy’s Cause stays informed and educated by networking with law enforcement, state agencies, educators, health professionals, and service providers. Christy’s Cause believes that as our community becomes more knowledgeable on the issues of sex trafficking we become more powerful in fighting against this epidemic.

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