Community Forum: STOP Human Trafficking

SAVE the DATE

Monday, January 12, 2009

You are invited to participate in a community forum urging our state, county, and city to take a stand to “ STOP Human Trafficking.”

Event: Community Forum: STOP Human Trafficking

Date: January 12, 2009 Time: 9:30am to 4:00 pm

Location: The Commons Building,

4011 Carya Drive

Raleigh, NC 27613

GOAL: AWARENESS and ACTION

Set the stage for common understanding

Solidify definition of human trafficking

Celebrate accomplishments to date

Identify needed actions

Bring more complete awareness to each attendee

Equip each attendee with options for immediate action

Encourage participation to follow up with future topic-focused forums


As you may know, North Carolina has many of the characteristics that attract and promote an environment for human trafficking: tourism, agriculture, military presence, and prevalence of interstate highways. So, while major steps have been taken, it is imperative that all of us commit to work together to limit, and one day, to end this plague on our society. As active participants in the life of our community, your awareness and support are important to our efforts. Together we can establish a sustainable anti-trafficking movement within our state.

We are hopeful your calendar will allow your participation and we thank you for your consideration to attend. A series of topic-focused forums are planned for follow up. Many community organizations are working with Soroptimist International of Raleigh, NC to convene these forums.

To register, please email ccapecod23[@]aol.com or fax, 834-8371, with your name, community affiliation, and contact information. Registration is requested in order to have sufficient materials available. Forum is free of charge. A box lunch will be provided.

After December 17, 2008, please call 833-2490 for registration.

Registration: ccapecod23[@]aol.com

Questions: pcwitt[@]mindspring.com, (919) 833-2490

Websites: www.siraleigh.org and www.soroptimist.org

FACT Sheet

Who We Are

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in over 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to international and community–based projects that benefit women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Vision

We will share our time, talents and financial resources to enrich our communities.

Together, we will:

Improve the live of women and girls

Help women achieve economic and political equality

Serve as a global voice for women

Provide outstanding leadership development opportunities for women

Enhance world peace and understanding

Mission

Soroptimist International of the Americas is committed to:

International good will and understanding

Volunteer action

Leadership development

Fellowship and diversity

Service Projects to our local community

* To enhance the economic independence of women, our Professional Clothing Closet provides donated business-appropriate clothing to low-income jobseekers referred by our thirty partner organizations. Since 2004, we have dressed over 1,000 clients.

* In support of our commitment to end violence against women, we partner with other non-profits,

such as InterAct and Peace at Work, to promote awareness and also to advocate for change

in public policy and our legal system.

* We give three annual monetary awards to recognize and to assist females striving to do

their best. One for completing her education to become self-supporting, another to a teen

for her volunteerism, another to honor a female professional whose efforts are improving

lives of women and girls.

Websites: www.siraleigh.org and www.soroptimist.org

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