Recording of the Education Panel on Human Trafficking

On March 14, Women United hosted an education panel on human trafficking. Click HERE to see a recording of that panel. Additional resources mentioned during the panel are included below.

The panelists included:

  • Dr. Jennifer Andrews, Child Abuse Pediatric Specialist, UVA and Foothills Child Advocacy Center
  • Annette Cox, Victim Witness Manager, US Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia
  • Dr. Serwa Ertl, Adolescent Pediatric Specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UVA
  • Detective Michael Schneider, Charlottesville Albemarle Human Trafficking Task Force, Task Force Officer with Homeland Security Investigations, and Southern Virginia Internet Crimes against Children Task Force

The panel was moderated by Alicia Lenahan, Executive Director of Common Ground Healing Arts.


Office for Victims of Crime – The Office for Victims of Crime is a part of the Office of Justice Programs, within the U.S. Department of Justice. The OVC’s mission is to provide aid and promote justice for crime victims. The office was created in 1988 in an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act of 1984.

https://HEAL Trafficking: Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage – an integrated network of over 4,000 survivors and multidisciplinary professionals in 50 countries dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors, from a health perspective.

Futures Without Violence – a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow.

Polaris Project – Polaris is leading a survivor-centered, justice- and equity-driven movement to end human trafficking.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – NCMEC is the nation’s largest and most influential child protection organization. They lead the fight to protect children, creating vital resources for them and the people who keep them safe.

NetSmartz – NetSmartz is NCMEC’s online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline.

KidSmartz – KidSmartz is a child safety program that educates families about preventing abduction and empowers kids in grades K-5 to practice safer behaviors. This program offers resources to help parents, caregivers, and teachers protect kids by teaching and practicing the 4 Rules of Personal Safety using classroom lessons, at-home lessons, parent tips, and fun printable activities.

Blue Campaign – Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases.

Department of Homeland Security – Homeland security starts with hometown security, and everyone – individuals, parents, business owners, and community leaders – has a part to play. Learn more, get involved, and make a difference.

Virginia: Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking (2 pages):

virginia_profile_efforts_to_combat_human_trafficking flyer for event

Summer Social

Join us for Women’s United in Philanthropy 2018 Summer Social on Thursday, August 16at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, located on Route 250 in Charlottesville. Members and their guests can enjoy a fun night at the museum with live music – a perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with other WUP members! As always, the Summer Social is free and members are encouraged to bring a guest. Food trucks will be on site with food/beverages for purchase. We hope to see you there!

Women United in Philanthropy Supports the Virginia Festival of the Book

Smart Women Got it Done: Code Girls was the catchy title given to the session partially sponsored by Women United in Philanthropy at the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book. The session, held at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Thursday, March 22nd, featured author Liz Mundy and WWII cryptographer Dorothy Braden Bruce. The book, Code Girls, The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of WWII, reveals the story of thousands of American women recruited by the Army and Navy to serve as code breakers. The women faced sexism and misogyny while keeping their service secret.

Opioid Abuse in Our Community

Community experts in the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse advocated for proactive and compassionate support of patients needing pain management at a panel discussion hosted by Women United in Philanthropy (WUP) on Tuesday, February 27.

Patients should look for alternatives to opioids for managing pain, such as yoga, acupuncture, and mindfulness meditation, before taking an opioid, according to Paul V. Targonski, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health Services at the University of Virginia. “Ask yourself if you really need it,” advised Denise Bonds, MD, MPH, Director of the Thomas Jefferson Health District. “Or are you taking the minimal number of pills that you need?”

In 2014, more Virginians died of opioid overdoses than in traffic fatalities. In Central Virginia, opioid overdoses have not reached the high levels that they have in the southwestern part of the state, and multiple sources of prevention and treatment are available to patients coping with pain and addiction. These include Region Ten outpatient and residential treatment centers, which were described by Mary Jackson, MSW, Director of Women’s Residential Recovery for Region Ten.

Robert Tracci, JD, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Albemarle County, also advocated for compassion for opioid addicts who may commit low-level criminal offenses. “We can’t incarcerate our way out of this problem,” he said, and described the success of a local drug court that helps addicted individuals commit to be drug-free and employed to avoid incarceration.

Nearly 100 members of the community gathered at the Omni Charlottesville to learn from the WUP panel, part of a series of annual educational events hosted by WUP. The panel was moderated by Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, PhD, Dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing.