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FAAST releases international curriculum

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 - 4:02 PM CST

On Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at the National Press Club's First Amendment Room in Washington, D.C., the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) released and hosted a briefing about "Hands that Heal: International Curriculum to Train Caregivers of Trafficking Survivors."

FAAST representatives state that sex trafficking is modern-day slavery in which people are exploited and sold in the commercial sex industry. Holistic care is necessary for traumatized survivors to find healing from their abuse and to learn the skills needed to succeed in beginning a new life.

The FAAST curriculum, 'Hands that Heal,' is a comprehensive, Christian curriculum to train global caregivers who are frontline providers of aftercare for women, children and men that have been trafficked into the commercial sex industry.

The curriculum is the result of a collaboration among more than 40 academicians and field practitioners from diverse backgrounds and organizations that address the needs of trafficked individuals.

"The curriculum is an integration of best practice with the component of faith in the love and transforming power of Jesus Christ," says Dr. Beth Grant, Assemblies of God World Missions Project Rescue director and editor of the FAAST curriculum. "From our years of experience with Project Rescue, without aftercare that introduces survivors to the only One who can bring new life, survivors of sexual slavery have little hope for true rescue and a new beginning."

FAAST also developed "Hands that Heal" as a tool to inform and inspire churches, communities, organizations and individuals around the world to engage in the battle against the injustice of human trafficking and to help equip them to provide transformational care to survivors.

There are two editions of "Hands that Heal." The Academic Edition is designed as an undergraduate or graduate course to introduce future caregivers to the wide-ranging needs of survivors of sex trafficking, as well as to enhance the skills of current caregivers. The Community-Based Edition utilizes a participatory training approach that can be used at the local level by churches, organizations and local community groups around the world.

FAAST's members include Project Rescue International - AG World Missions, The Salvation Army U.S. National Headquarters, The Salvation Army World Service Office, World Hope International and World Relief.

Project Rescue was the lead organization in developing the FAAST curriculum as Grant directed the curriculum process, which included more than 40 contributors. Grant and Cindy Hudlin, also of Project Rescue, served as editors.

"Our Project Rescue team undertook the curriculum project as a way of blessing not only survivors of trafficking around the world," Grant says, "but as a way to strengthen the work of the Kingdom around the world - across denominations, organizations and nationalities."

To learn more about the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking, visit the FAAST Web site at http://www.faastinternational.org/. To learn more about Project Rescue, see http://www.ProjectRescue.com/.

Authors: AG News

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