Psychology’s Regan Lookadoo to Receive Liberation Award for Efforts Against Human-Trafficking

Georgetown, KY – Psychology professor Regan Lookadoo, the key Georgetown College faculty member behind the campus-wide Modern Day Slavery Project, has been chosen by the KY Rescue and Restore Coalition as a 2012 winner of the Liberation Award. She’ll receive the award Friday (Dec. 7) at a luncheon ceremony during the Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference Lexington’s Marriott Griffin Gate Resort.

Regan Lookadoo

The Liberation Award is for Dr. Lookadoo’s work with students at Georgetown College to plan and coordinate the spring 2012 “Uniting Minds, Transforming Lives: Kentucky Conference on Human Trafficking” – the first such statewide event of its kind. The conference did much to galvanize GC students who are already knowledgeable about the issues surrounding human trafficking and it helped educate the larger campus community and Central Kentuckians as well.

According to the KY Rescue and Restore Coalition website, Liberation Award honorees are those volunteers, agencies, and community advocates who have made a significant impact in the effort against human trafficking in Kentucky; who have made great strides in raising awareness about the problem of human trafficking, providing assistance to victims of human trafficking, or advocating on behalf of those affected by human trafficking. Honorees are selected based on the impact they have made in the state of Kentucky to affect positive change regarding the problem of human trafficking.

This is the fourth year the organization has given out the Liberation Awards. Brittney Thomas, a 2005 GC graduate and the Community Health Liaison at Paragon Family Practice in Lexington, was the 2010 Volunteer Liberation Award Winner. She continues to be the volunteer director for the (national) Not for Sale Campaign for the state of Kentucky.

At about the time Thomas became interested in human-trafficking issues, she took some of Dr. Lookadoo’s first classes in this area –  The Psychology of Women, and The Psychology of Slavery.

While the Modern Day Slavery Project at Georgetown College first came together in Fall 2010, culminating in the February 2011 visit by David Batstone and his Stop Paying for Slavery Tour, Dr. Lookadoo – an associate professor of Psychology – first started to put the pieces together in 2004 with those two classes.

Lookadoo, who has been on maternity leave this fall semester, will be back in the GC classroom in January 2013. She is planning to organize a community-wide effort, starting with the students of the College’s chapter of SAM (Student Abolitionist Movement), to repackage mini soap bars and distribute them to hotels and motels in the Louisville area prior to the Kentucky Derby.

She hopes to partner on this with Theresa Flores, one of the speakers at our Kentucky Conference on Human Trafficking who founded The S.O.A.P. Project. SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) is an Outreach that aims to distribute thousands of bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number and key identifying questions FREE to local motels. Volunteers talk to motel owners and managers and provide them with a quick overview of what is happening to young girls in their hotels.

“I hope to open our effort up to churches and the whole community,” Lookadoo said. She can be reached at regan_lookadoo@georgetowncollege.edu

Regan and her husband, Eric, brought son Brady into the world six months ago. They are also the parents of two daughters, Camryn, 8, and Logan, 3.



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