After taking a class on human trafficking awareness at Cassata last fall, senior Carrie Flynn volunteered to reach out to victims of sexual exploitation with a Fort Worth nonprofit.
The NET teaches a human trafficking awareness minilab class at Cassata. The class meets for a week once a month and helps students gain a deeper understanding of modern day slavery and become more aware of human trafficking. By the end of the semester, they learn how to identify, help, and protect themselves and others from this danger.
Carrie was inspired by the class and decided to start volunteering with the organization. The experience has been eye-opening for her.
“I learned that you can get involved, no matter what it is,” Carrie said. “You can make a difference.”
As a Jail Advocate, Carrie visits women and young girls who are incarcerated in Tarrant County for prostitution in order to infuse hope and value in them.
The group of advocates meets weekly to pray for and visit the incarcerated women at the jail. Carrie joins this group twice a month, spending about an hour each time with the women to provide spiritual and social support. She said this has really helped make her more aware of what is going on around her.
“It has helped me mature,” she said. “I am learning so much from their experiences.”
“What impressed me about Carrie is that she took information from the class at Cassata, and she wanted to do something about it,” said Sarah Adams, Assistant Director of the NET. “She pursued our volunteer training on her own, and she’s been so consistent and faithful about her involvement. That’s the biggest thing we require from our volunteers.”
Since participating in the minilab and volunteer program, Carrie has changed her rhetoric and way of thinking.
“Some words can be offensive,” Carrie said. “Like pimp, which is used often in a humorous way by people my age. I really watch what I say.”
Cassata counselor Angela Fowler said everything Carrie is learning has made her really want to help others.
“I’ve seen her inner strength just build and build,” Mrs. Fowler said. “It is truly a beautiful journey. She is sharing herself with others and becoming an extraordinary young woman.”
The experience has helped Carrie decide what she wants to do career-wise. Before, she had no idea, but now she has a focus.
“I am really interested in psychology, law, and nonprofit organizations like the NET,” Carrie said. After graduation, she plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall.