Carol Thornton-Gamble, the Outreach-Intake Coordinator for the Off the StreetsSM program, is being honored as a Cincinnati TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Hero at the Cincinnati Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Thursday, June 20, for her work in combating trafficking. About 40% of the women in the Off the StreetsSM program were forced into prostitution before they were 18 years old, which is classified as trafficking.
Carol was part of the planning team that help conceptualized and created the Off the StreetsSM program to help curb the recidivism among women arrested for solicitation. After serving on the planning team, Carol joined the staff as a facilitator to work one-on-one with women. Soon, she became the Outreach-Intake Coordinator.
She is responsible for identifying clients and sharing information about how Off the StreetsSM can help them. She also presents to groups who have a point of contact with women involved in prostitution, such as jails and treatment facilities, to explain why Off the StreetsSM is the best option for these women. Carol communicates well with clients and resources because she is a survivor herself of domestic violence, prostitution, drug addiction, and homelessness.
Carol will be honored at a Celebrating Global Freedom Heroes event.