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Welcome UIW Spring 2018 Students!

posted Feb 19, 2018, 5:56 AM by Mary Lerma   [ updated Feb 19, 2018, 6:22 AM ]

We are excited to welcome back University of Incarnate Word, Dr. Leslie Martinez, and her new team of students for the Spring 2018 semester! Students will be participating in the Freedom-U Program to help combat and prevent human trafficking. We look forward to another great semester of work!

Welcome University of Incarnate Word Fall Semester 2017!

posted Feb 16, 2018, 5:47 AM by Mary Lerma   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 5:49 AM ]

Freedom Youth Project Foundation is excited to welcome Dr. Leslie Martinez and her University of Incarnate Word students to our volunteer team for the fall semester! We are looking forward to all the great work they will be doing! 

IATC at First Baptist Church of SA

posted Feb 15, 2017, 12:02 PM by Mary Lerma   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 12:41 PM ]

Empowering youth and parents one event at a time. 

I Am The Change will teach you how to spot 
L.I.A.R.S. and P.O.S.E.R.S.

The Story

posted Feb 9, 2017, 9:59 AM by Mary Lerma

Defending Childhood Oct 11, 2015

posted Sep 22, 2015, 12:16 PM by Saul Castellanos   [ updated Oct 3, 2015, 12:51 PM ]

SUNDAY, October 11 FYP will be presenting public awareness for parents/ adults and training youth with our Liars and Posers (tm) prevention program at Woodland Baptist Church.  If you are interested in volunteering at the event please email:

04:00 pm

Understanding Human Trafficking in the U.S.

for parents, educators, faith community & concerned citizens.

  • Separate  Myths from Facts about Human Trafficking here

  • Learn How it Happens, Who it Happens to, Why it Happens

  • Learn How Traffickers Target Youth at School and Any Home

  • Find Out What You can do to Keep Your Family Safe.

  • Learn Why Stranger Danger is No Longer Effective

05:00 pm

free dinner and open discussion

  • Food and Drink Provided by Woodland Baptist

  • Q&A Discussion

  • Learn How to Get Involved

06:00 pm

Prevention Training for youth  (age 10 and Up)

SAAS Event Sept 26 2015

posted Sep 22, 2015, 12:08 PM by Saul Castellanos   [ updated Sep 22, 2015, 12:10 PM ]

SAT Sept 26 8:30a to Noon -  FYP will be at the San Antonio Against Slavery (SAAS) Event at Waylan Baptist University.    FYP Will have an  information table, with handouts, information and tshirts.   If you are interested in attending event and working the table please email mary@freedomyouthproject.org

Human Trafficking and The Pimp Culture
Presented by Kirsta Melton, A
ssistant Attorney General, Texas Attorney General’s Office

Wayland Baptist University, NW Campus
Callaghan Tower
8023 Vantage Dr., 3rd Floor
Parking is on the fourth floor of the garage - walkway from 4th floor leads directly to 3rd floor of Callaghan Tower.

Volunteer Oppty: News Analyst

posted Jun 13, 2014, 8:16 AM by Saul Castellanos   [ updated Jul 18, 2015, 9:28 AM ]

The news analyst plays a very important role in Freedom Youth Project’s mission to combat and prevent human trafficking.

A key strategy in our work is to always maintain an accurate big-picture perspective on the ever changing issue of human trafficking.  

The best way to develop an accurate big picture perspective is to monitor and catalog the large volume of press coverage on human trafficking using specific criteria to capture important information.  This information allows us to create and maintain updated

  • prevention trainings for youth

  • training for parents

  • skills and knowledge training for professionals

  • trainings for industry

  • Article topics for our website

Freedom Youth Project has developed a reputation for developing and delivering original training that is based on accurate and up to date information.

If you're interested in volunteering as a News Analyst, it takes about 20 minutes a day. You can learn exactly what you do in this 12 minute training:

 If you are interested in volunteering for this role please CLICK HERE, and select the term News Analyst.

Liars and Posers: The Book

posted Jun 11, 2014, 9:20 AM by Mary Lerma   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 8:02 AM by Saul Castellanos ]

PROJECT OVERVIEW: We are currently in development of Liars and Posers -The Book, which is aimed both at young readers and parents.  The book is designed to use real stories about how young people have been lured into trafficking through deception.  The uses real incidents of trafficking to illustrate the red-flags of deception that is the L.I.A.R.S and P.O.S.E.R.S system.  This system is designed to teach young people to recognize the common types of deception used then traffickers connect in person and when they connect online.  Liars and Posers Book is based  on our Prevention seminar that goes by the same name.  More information on this prevention seminar is available at www.LiarsAndPosers.com.  

This project requires the following resources:
  • NEWS ANALYSTS to identify real stories of Trafficking that can be used as examples in the book, 
 If you have any interest in participating in this project please CLICK HERE, and indicate your interest in LnP Book Project

Liars and Posers the Website

posted Jun 11, 2014, 9:11 AM by Mary Lerma   [ updated Jun 11, 2014, 11:06 AM by Saul Castellanos ]

A new website to promote Liars and Posers Prevention Program to School Districts, Charter Schools, Anti-Trafficking Agencies, Trainers, and others is under development.  This site will provide information on the prevention program, licensing, training as well as support information.

Freedom Youth Project intends to aggressively market this program to make it available in as many markets as possible. 

You can preview the site in development HERE 

This project requires the following resources:

 If you have any interest in participating in this project please CLICK HERE, and indicate your interest in LnP.org Development

Role Based Training

posted Jun 11, 2014, 8:58 AM by Mary Lerma   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 7:54 AM by Saul Castellanos ]

FreedomYouth Project is by virtue of our name, "project oriented."  We develop and deliver public awareness training,  prevention programs, and tools and training for those who have direct interaction with survivors of trafficking.  Our initiatives require a diverse skill-set usually not found in one person, but a team.  Fundamental to having a capable development team, is developing a library of what we refer to as "Rose Based Training."  Developing Role Based Training (RBT) for our employees, interns and volunteers not only enhances our abilities.  It also provides an opportunity to develop best practices for  develop Role-Based-Training for different staff "roles" at shelters working with survivors of human trafficking.  

We have currently developed RBT for the following Roles at Freedom Youth Project Foundation:
  • Source Database Manager
  • New Analyst
  • Authors
  • Editors
  • Graphic Designer
  • Volunteer Coordinator

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