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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 538

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Tonight's special guest is Laura Murphy, Ph.D. in African and African American Studies, who now teaches at Loyola University in New Orleans. She'll be discussing the anti-trafficking programs at the Metropolitan Center for Women & Children. The mission at Metro is to break the cycle of domestic violence and aid survivors of sexual assault through advocacy, intervention, empowerment and transformation. The goals are focused on providing services for survivors of trauma through trauma-informed care. The Center helps families regain their physical and emotional strength, resulting in empowerment and transformation. As survivors become stronger, the community is strengthened. Metro is also active in community education and outreach, operating on the premise that an informed public makes for a safer and more concerned citizenry. In 1986, Metropolitan Battered Women's Program was founded as a private 501(C)(3) non-profit organization in Jefferson Parish to offer services for victims of violence. In 2006, Metropolitan Battered Women's Program was renamed Metropolitan Center for Women & Children (Metro), in order to identify more closely with the nature of the organization's mission. In 2007, Metro started offering services to survivors of human trafficking. Currently Metropolitan Center for Women & Children offers individual and group counseling for domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking survivors. Metro also provides a children's program, legal advocacy, and community outreach for the Greater New Orleans area.

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