Event: “The Community’s Role in Recognizing and Preventing Human and Sex Trafficking” – 3/27 – Chapel Hill

Event:  “The Community’s Role in Recognizing and Preventing Human and Sex Trafficking”
Saturday, March 27 10am-noon
Seymour Senior Center (2551 Homestead Road) in Chapel Hill.

At the event, the short film “Dreams Die Hard” will be viewed in which four survivors of human trafficking in the United States tell their stories.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Donna Bickford, Director of the Carolina Women’s Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The panelists will also engage the audience in conversation about the issue.

Dr. Bickford is a core member of RIPPLE (Recognition – Identification – Protection – Prosecution – Liberation – Empowerment):  The North Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force, a state-wide interdisciplinary group of professionals with expertise in fields pertaining to human trafficking, and is a member of the RIPPLE Training Team.  Bickford pointed out that, “Human trafficking is a 32-billion dollar a year global criminal enterprise as well as a violation of someone’s civil and human rights.  We all need to be aware that human trafficking impacts our communities; this event will help educate our residents about the topic.”

Complimentary breakfast will be available at 9:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:00 a.m. This event is being sponsored by the Orange County Commission for Women.

For questions, please contact Jennifer Galassi at jgalassi@co.orange.nc.us or 919-245-2302.

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