Church Conference to Bring Focus to Human Trafficking and Its Victims
International Justice Mission, Shared Hope International and Triad Ladder of Hope among organizations scheduled to participate in event
GREENSBORO, NC —- On Sunday, May 3, Westover Church will host several local and international organizations dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking as part of its Spring Global Conference. The purpose of the conference, which is being organized by Westover’s Abolition! Ministry, is to raise awareness throughout the Triad about the exponential growth of human trafficking – or bonded labor and sex slavery — in the U.S. and abroad in recent years.
According to Jennifer Huitsing, organizer of the event and leader of Abolition!, “We’re finding that most people in our community have no real concept of the atrocities that men, women and children are experiencing every minute of every day.” Huitsing explains, “The most recent research shows that two children are forced into sex slavery every minute, resulting in the more than 27 million slaves in our world today.”
Huitsing adds, “Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just happening in places like India, Thailand and Eastern Europe. Though that’s horrific enough, it’s also right here in our own communities. Without question, we feel compelled to educate our friends, families and neighbors.”
To help with that task, Abolition! has invited Larry Martin, Vice President of Education for the International Justice Mission (IJM) based in Washington, D.C. to serve as guest speaker for the conference. Martin plans to share IJM’s vision and its experiences in working with national and international law enforcement agencies to save hundreds of women and children from the
ravages of slavery.
Other local and international organizations scheduled to participate on May 3, include Shared Hope International, Tiny Hands International, World Relief and Triad Ladder of Hope among others. Huitsing said she hopes people will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about what these local and international organizations are doing on the front lines and will be moved to explore opportunities to help in this fight for freedom.
According to Huitsing, “We would love to see a huge turnout from the Triad community to join us in learning how we as a region can begin making an impact for change.” Huitsing added that parking attendants will be on hand to assist visitors on May 3 but because parking is limited, conference attenders are encouraged to arrive early.
Westover Church is a non-denominational church located at 505 Muirs Chapel Road in Greensboro, NC. Services are open to the public and will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 3. For directions or more information, visit www.westoverchurch.com.
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