Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Center for Prevention of Abuse and CxT Roasting Company Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking in Central Illinois

Local downtown coffee shop and roasting company raises funds and helps spread the word
about trafficking with unique blue coffee sleeves beginning January 11

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is teaming up with local coffee shop and roastery CxT Roasting Company in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month this January to spread awareness about labor and sex trafficking in Central Illinois.

Beginning January 11, Human Trafficking Awareness Day, all coffee drinks at CxT Roasting Company will feature a unique blue coffee sleeve, the color of human trafficking awareness, and information about human trafficking in the local area, including the 24/7 crisis hotline at The Center for Prevention of Abuse. Patrons are encouraged to take a photo with their coffee cup and use the hashtag #fightHTin309 to help spread the word. CxT Roasting Company will also donate ten cents from every cup of coffee sold January 11 through the end of the month to The Center for Prevention of Abuse to support their mission to build a safe and peaceful community.

“We are proud to partner with CxT Roasting Company to bring awareness to human trafficking in our community,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse. “Since CxT Roasting Company’s coffee is fair trade, they understand the importance of slavery-free and trafficked-free business practices. We want people to know that we are here to help all survivors of abuse in the Greater Peoria Area, including labor and sex human trafficking.”

The Center for Prevention of Abuse created its Human Trafficking Services department and appointed its Director of Human Trafficking Services earlier this month.

CxT Roasting Company is located in downtown Peoria at 309B Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602.

To learn more about Human Trafficking, please visit, or contact Sara Dillefeld at The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 309-691-0551 or

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