Kristi House A Safe Haven

Commercially sexually exploited victims (CSEC) are those children who have been forced into prostitution and sexual abuse by adults. Sex traffickers and predators who have exploited children in the sex traffic trade comprise a significant criminal component in the Miami/Dade and Monroe County metroplex, and the parameter of the abuse grows each year. To combat this exploitation, and provide corollary services to children who have been identified as victims, Kristi House was born in Jerry Jacobs of Miami, FL’s community.

Dedicated to Kristi, a 9-year old victim of sexual predation by a stepfather who gave birth to his child at age 10, Kristi House arose from the awareness her case brought to system officials of the depth of the problem in their area. At the time of Kristi’s plight, there was no encompassing case coordination nor were there mental health services for victims like Kristi. There was an urgent need for a multidisciplinary team to address the needs of child victims and their non-offender parents, and a haven of safety where victims could break the conspiracy of silence surrounding these horrific crimes. Jerry Jacobs of Miami, FL applauds this have.

CSEC victims can reach out to the Project Gold project of Kristi House, which provides outreach into the community where Jerry Jacobs of Miami, FL lives. GOLD, Girls Owning Their Own Lives and Dreams, brings legal, mental health and health services together services together under the auspices of the Kristi House emergency shelter for sexually exploited girls. GOLD also places traffickers and exploitation under a spotlight, as Kristi House trains professionals to recognize and identify sexual exploitation and create timely intervention strategies. Kristi House was pivotal in the passage of the Florida Safe Harbor Act of 2013, establishing exploited children as victims, not perpetrators.


Origins of the Financial Services Industry

Jerry Jacobs of Miami, FL has worked since his Florida State University graduation in the financial services industry.  Today, the phrase ‘financial services’ has a widely known and understood meaning.  Jerry Jacobs works to provide information, guidance and professional advice to consumers who wish to explore effective retirement plans, savings plans, creating pension and profit sharing architecture, and learning about investment opportunities in stocks, bonds, securities, mutual funds and annuities, among other options.

However, until recently in the United States, the profession of financial services professional was unknown.  As a result of a range of court cases and public concern about breaches of the financial privacy of private citizens, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 was written into law.  The origins of Gramm-Leach-Bliley were in the Great Depression, when widespread failures in the finance industry led Congress to prohibit banks on a national and state level from any affiliation with securities firms; i.e., the Glass-Steagall Act.  23 years later, Congress expanded these prohibitions to prohibit banks from controlling companies not concerned with banking, and 26 years after that statutory prohibition, Congress amended the Bank Holding Act to further stop insurance agency activities by banks.

Many of these prohibitions were changed in 1999 by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which repealed sections of these acts and allowed banks to engage in a wide range of financial services.  The GLBA removed many previous obstructions to banks engaging in financial services, and paved the way for professionals like Jerry Jacobs of Miami, FL to offer service in a wide range of financial endeavors.

Miami-Dade Advocacy Institute

The Miami-Dade Advocacy Institute is a partnership between The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, The Children’s Trust, and United Way of Miami Dade. The Institute provides hands-on training services designed to educate give skills in regards to the role that government plays in development and health of children. They provide parents and guardians the opportunity to educate themselves so that they can best advocate for the health of their children.

At the core of the program, is the desire to create awareness and an urge in other people to advocate for the health and well-being of children. Hands-on training programs are provided, which by the end of the program allows people to communicate effectively with legislators and advocacy groups, the reasons for the importance of improved child welfare programs.

Miami-Dade Advocacy Institute runs on a tight budget and, therefore, has to run an effective, efficient and productive program. To find out how you can become involved, donate, or participate in training programs with Miami-Dade Advocacy Institute, visit their website.

Jerry Jacobs Miami FL is a successful financial professional who has led and outstanding professional career in the financial services industry in Miami FL. He was born and raised in Miami and went to University at Florida State University in Tallahassee. After graduation, he returned to Miami and joined the financial services industry. He has shifted gears recently and focuses on giving back to his community, after leading a privileged professional career. He is a strong advocate for children’s welfare programs, departments, and associations and donates and volunteers regularly.