Awareness Day Event at UNC Charlotte Sponsored by NC Stop Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is January 11, 2012!  This commemorative day provides anti-trafficking advocates with an opportunity to reconnect, reflect, and refocus at the beginning of the new year.  To get an idea of the focus and tone of the day, see the excerpt below from Obama’s speech declaring January 11 to be Awareness Day:

“We cannot strengthen global efforts to end modern slavery without first accepting the responsibility to prevent, identify, and aggressively combat this crime at home. No country can claim immunity from the scourge of human rights abuses, or from the responsibility to confront them. As evidence of our dedication to a universal struggle against this heinous practice, the Department of State’s “Trafficking in Persons Report 2010″ included America in its rankings for the first time, measuring our efforts by the same standards to which we hold other nations. Looking ahead, we must continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases within our own borders  (borrowed from notforsalecampaign.org).”

Just like many other American cities and towns, Charlotte, NC is a place where human trafficking is happening at this very moment.  Adults and children, documented and undocumented individuals, male and female, domestic and foreign – no one is immune to this horrible crime.

NC Stop Human Trafficking is a grassroots movement and coalition of community members who have come forward to take a stand against human trafficking in their community.  To commemorate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day this year, the Charlotte chapter of NC Stop will host a local event.

What: Film screening of Very Young Girls followed by speaking panel

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2012  from 5:30-8:30 pm

Where: “After Hours” room in the Cone University Center at UNC Charlotte; visitor parking in Cone Deck 1 or 2 on campus; map attached

Details:  Light refreshments will be served.  Speakers include:

Charity Magnuson, Executive Director, NC Stop Human Trafficking
Emily Fitchpatrick, Executive Director/Founder, On Eagles Wings Ministries and Hope House
Sandra Johnson, Executive Director/Founder, Triad Ladder of Hope
Antonia “Neet” Childs, Executive Director/Founder, Neet’s Sweets Incorporated
Juanita Miller, FBI
Ruth Santana, Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont

If you happen to be in Charlotte on January 11, 2012, please join us for this important gathering.  At the very least, you will leave knowing something new.  Hopefully you will also leave feeling aware and impassioned about anti-trafficking in your community.  The documentary Very Young Girls, produced by GEMS, is very powerful, as is our speaker line-up.  Come one, come all!  Anyone is welcome.

Please direct any questions about the event to charlotte.ncstop@gmail.com

We hope to see you on the 11th!

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