On Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6pm Central, Bernardo Kohler Center is sponsoring a fundraiser at Law Offices Building of Wilson Sonsoni Goodrich and Rosati, 900 Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX. The public is encouraged to attend and take part in learning about the various services Bernardo Kohler Center provides. There will be a silent auction, music, speakers and jewelry for sale made by survivors of human trafficking.
The mission of Bernardo Kohler Center is “…. to attain safety, respect, and justice for abused, abandoned, neglected juveniles, victims of crime, human trafficking victims, and asylum seekers by providing legal, social, and educational services.” The advocates are continually working with cases brought to them from all over the world including Mexico and Central America, and as far away as Nepal, Cameroon, and Eastern Europe.
Through programs like Casitas, which addresses abandoned and abused children, and Save One Soul, which addresses human trafficking, victims are provided with legal representation as they make their way through the chaos of their situation.
The history of the Bernardo Kohler Center rests within one family in Guatemala who were caught up in a thirty-six year civil war which wasn’t simply a war between guerrillas and military, but one in which mostly innocent people died or disappeared.
To continue to serve victims within the US and around the world, extreme funding is needed. Many of the cases which come to the Bernardo Kohler Center are ongoing over long periods of time and very complex. All donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to the service of victims. The Center has a small staff and many community volunteers, there’s a place for everyone’s talents. To make a direct donation click here.
Dottie Laster heads up the anti-trafficking program, Save One Soul (SOS), for Bernardo Kohler Center. She is accredited to practice immigration law through her affiliation with the organization. The Anti-Trafficking program seeks to raise awareness and take advantage of the underutilized number of T-visas. Building on successful services to trafficked victims, the goal is to provide training and consultation to other organizations seeing these victims.
A weekly Co-Host on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Roth Show, Laster presents discussion and guests to speak out about a variety of controversial subjects, as well as the anti-human trafficking efforts of the Bernardo Kohler Center.
Dottie Laster has spent over 10 years in the effort of the anti-human trafficking movement nationally, and in her home state of Texas. She is the co-founder of the San Antonio, Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the past Administrator of the Orange County, California Human Trafficking Task Force and has successfully written millions in grants to assist children and victims of human trafficking.
Laster is featured in the documentary on sex trafficking in Latin bars and cantinas, The Cantinera, and her direct rescue work is the subject of the MSNBC Documentary, Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue. She is the recipient of several human rights awards and has been featured in numerous publications including recent issues of Texas Monthly, Town Hall, and MORE Magazine.
For more information visit her website DottieLaster.Com
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