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Warrenton, VA, May 9, 2019 – The Just Ask Prevention Foundation, an international nonprofit dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking worldwide, has announced plans to relocate their headquarters to Fauquier County, Va. Just Ask Prevention is currently based in McLean, Va.
“Fauquier County is uniquely positioned to serve as a gateway to the rest of the Commonwealth as we expand our efforts … after we ensure we have effectively safeguarded this community against the threat of human trafficking and other forms of exploitation first,” said Bill Woolf, Executive Director, Just Ask. Over the past year, Just Ask has partnered with several organizations throughout Fauquier County including the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF), the Warrenton Rotary Club, BWell Today for Tomorrow, and many other local businesses and churches.
“Since the first presentation we did in Fauquier County, we were welcomed with open arms,” said Woolf. We quickly learned the residents of Fauquier are uniquely united in any effort to protect their families and neighbors – especially from human trafficking. The people of Fauquier treat us like family, which is an honor telling us this is where our home needs to be.
Logistically, Just Ask hasn’t finalized a site for their new home as it continues to explore several opportunities for available space in and around Fauquier County for their new headquarters.
The Just Ask mission has become so credible that Woolf was invited by Amelia Stansell, co-chair of the Fauquier County Human Trafficking Prevention Project, to speak at Fauquier County’s National Day of Prayer Breakfast held on May 2 at Airlie, in Warrenton, Va. After Woolf’s speech, Stansell presented Just Ask Prevention with a donation of $2500 from the community. “I am extremely thankful for this donation from the community,” said Woolf. “This money will go directly to supporting the development and implementation of prevention programs here in Fauquier County, specifically through a joint project with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office to help safeguard our children.”
The Just Ask Prevention is a 501(c)(3) multidisciplinary collaborative team with an unmatched level of expertise in fighting human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. Recently recognized with the presentation of the Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Just Ask Prevention Project seeks to inoculate communities against the threat of human trafficking, a public health crisis, by implementing prevention curriculum, conducting awareness campaigns, and professional training to schools, youth groups, hotels, retail, faith communities, law enforcement, and other front-line professionals in the identification, prevention, and response to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. Since it was founded in 2013, the Just Ask Prevention Project has trained over 900 professional and community-based organizations in education, prevention, and intervention in suspected cases of exploitation. The Just Ask Prevention Project believes in safeguarding communities through partnership.