Led by Judge Ron Cable
The RISE (Restore Individual Self-Empowerment) Program began in October 2018 and is led by Judge Ron Cable. This program is modeled after the Franklin County Municipal Court’s CATCH (Changing Actions To Change Habits) Court and was created to help adult female victims of human trafficking, prostitution and sexual exploitation. RISE is the first program in Summit County for adults facing this issue.
Judge Cable began the program to identify and help human trafficking victims and lead them as they create a new, positive path for themselves. Ohio law provides for expungement for victims of human trafficking.
Through the Akron Municipal Court's partnerships with outside agencies, RISE provides services such as trauma therapy, drug rehabilitation, housing, vocational sessions and other community support.
Judge Cable, along with his team, estimates that 10-20 women will be enrolled in the program during its first year. As of March 2020, fifteen women are enrolled.
RISE Advisory Board
Individuals/organizations represented on the RISE Advisory Board are:
Honorable Judge Ron Cable
ACCESS Shelter and Housing
Akron General Path Center
Akron Police Department
Akron City Prosecutor’s Office
Asian Services in Action, Inc.
Caring for Kids
Community Health Center
Freedom House for Women Inc.
Legal Defender Office of Summit County
Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic
Rape Crisis Center of Summit & Medina Counties
Summit County Juvenile Court
Summit County Prosecutor’s Office
Summit County Sheriff's Department
Victim Assistance Program