Convenience Stores Against Trafficking Program
*Available to tribes who are not (and have not been) TCSA members (or sponsors), and who have not joined for free previously.
You can change lives! Together we can stop human trafficking and save lives!
Join the fight with In Our Backyad's Convenience Stores Against Trafficking Program (CSTAT).
Learn how the Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) program provided by the national nonprofit, IN OUR BACKYARD, offers no-cost training for store employees and provides important educational tools that empower your team to recognize the signs and safely report possible human trafficking situations.
The CSAT program benefits convenience stores and their communities by promoting goodwill, improving store and customer safety, and increasing customer loyalty. Many survivors of human trafficking say they were brought to convenience stores every day while being exploited. Late hours of operation, public restrooms, and selling merchandise for basic needs, uniquely position convenience store employees to watch for and report signs and patterns of human trafficking.
Training for Employees providing important educational tools for your staff, empowering them to:
- Recognize the signs.
- Understand how NOT to become involved in the situation.
- Learn how to safely report a possible human trafficking situation.
Join today and empower your community, save lives, and increase customer loyalty.
Presented by: Cheryl Csiky, In Our Backyard
Cheryl Csiky has been a leader in the fight against human trafficking since 2011. She has worked from recovery to restoration and possesses expertise in many aspects of human trafficking.
Cheryl’s journey was prompted in 2011 by reading a book that confronted the atrocity of human trafficking, In Our Backyard, by Nita Belles. Armed with that knowledge, her natural leadership skills compelled her to begin mobilizing other volunteers to serve, resulting in recoveries, safe housing, and outreach strategies.
This work also began to stir inside Cheryl a realization about the worst experiences of her own childhood. At 10 years of age, she was groomed by a peer into doing “dates” for his profit in her suburban middle-class neighborhood. Her new understanding of trafficking caused her to realize she was actually a child trafficking survivor.
Cheryl courageously lives her healing journey from childhood sexual exploitation by raising awareness, mobilizing others and disrupting traffickers' tactics and profits. Her experience now compels others to see this atrocity through a child’s lens.