For Immediate Release—May 9, 2017

CEASE Celebrates 20 Years of Positive Change in Edmonton

A local not-profit, Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE), has been working for two decades to heal the harm of sexual exploitation and trafficking in Edmonton.

Edmonton, AB—Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary at the Muttart Conservatory on the evening of Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:30pm. This event will be an opportunity for the public to hear inspiring success stories of those affected by sex exploitation who have been healing and renewing their lives. It’s also a chance to understand how these issues affect all Edmontonians. Come enjoy a beautiful evening with music, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert while you walk through the botanical gardens and hear about the impact CEASE has had on this city over the last two decades.

“After many years of working within our communities and with our dedicated partners, we know the understanding of issues surrounding sexual exploitation and sex trafficking has come a long way.” expresses Kate Quinn, Executive Director at CEASE. “We wish to use this evening to raise further awareness of the impact of CEASE and raise funds ensure the future success of our programs.

CEASE (formerly PAAFE) began in 1997 as a community response to the impact of sexual exploitation activities in Edmonton’s core neighbourhoods—especially harassment by those cruising and soliciting. Throughout the years, CEASE has partnered with many dedicated organizations such as E4C, DECSA, Catholic Social Services, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, SACE, EPS, Edmonton Community Foundation, ATB Financial, City of Edmonton, ACT Alberta, and United Way.

“We’re proud to see the community coming together to address these issues, and grateful for the many businesses who have also contributed to make our evening of celebration possible,” states Quinn. Event sponsors for the May 12th celebration include Moustarah & Co, Pringle Chivers Sparks Teskey, Jaffer Inc, Servus Credit Union, Jomha Karout Law, and Sprake Song Konye.

“We know there is no way to truly end sexual exploitation without a comprehensive approach from multiple angles. This is a complex issue and we couldn’t successfully make an impact for those we serve if we didn’t have our partners and community working together to shape positive responses to addressing sexual exploitation and social inequality,” says Quinn.

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About CEASE | www.ceasenow.org

CEASE is an Edmonton-based, grassroots organization that advocates to end sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, while providing tools to help affected individuals. Programs includes victim advocacy, public education, bursaries, counselling, trauma recovery, and emergency poverty relief.

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Media Contact Additional Information
Kate Quinn

Executive Director, CEASE

kquinn@ceasenow.org
780.819.3827

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