“The sponsorship and support of Choate is a key factor in the work to help protect vulnerable children from predators and bring freedom and restoration to those who have been exploited,” said Camila Zolfaghari, Executive Director of Street Grace. . “We are grateful to those who, like Choate, join us in running for freedom and allowing this work to continue.”
Based in Atlanta, Street Grace was founded in 2009 by leaders of Atlanta’s faith-based community in response to the growing presence of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the city. Since then, the organization has made exceptional progress with a growing network of over 100 churches, 75 community partners and over 2,500 volunteers and an expanded presence in Texas, Tennessee and California. In its 5th year, the annual 5K race now includes runners from 32 states.
The terrifying reality is that any child or adolescent with a device can potentially be cared for by a sex trafficker, even in the safety of their own home,” said Millard Choate, Chairman of the Board of Street Grace and Chief Executive Officer of Choate Building Company. “The training and education provided by Street Grace empowers students and educators who may find themselves on the front lines of human trafficking.”
In 2020, Street Grace and Georgia Cares of Atlanta announced a merger to amplify efforts to combat child sex trafficking in the state.
Approximately 374 girls are commercially sexually exploited each month in Georgia. The average age at which girls enter the sex market is 12 to 14 years old. 12,400 men in Georgia pay monthly to have sex with a young woman and 7,200 of them end up exploiting a teenage girl. Choate is proud to be a leader in bringing these numbers down – no child should have to live with this trauma for the rest of their lives.
About Choate Construction Company
As one of the largest general contractors in the Southeast, 100% employee-owned Choate Construction Company views its reputation as its greatest asset, with its future success built on the strength of its client relationships. . Choate Construction excels in base and interior construction with offices in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh and Savannah. Choate strives to be the industry leader in functional and financially viable solutions and continually invests in the tools to achieve this, promoting advances in security, information modeling software on the building (BIM), LEED® rating system and risk mitigation. Please visit www.choateco.com for more information.
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