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'Stop Human Trafficking Now' Local Volunteer Organizations Collaborate To Offer Free Program on 'Modern Day Slavery'

Marlene Sincaglia

Thursday, October 31, 2013 • 5:44pm

SUMMIT, NJ - The League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit, the American Association of University Women (Summit College Club) and the Junior League of Summit invite the general public to an informative program about human trafficking, Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Calvary Episcopal Church Parish Hall (Woodland and De Forest Avenues) in Summit.

Human trafficking occurs when someone knowingly holds, entices, harbors, transports, provides or obtains by any means another person to engage in sexual activity or to provide labor or services.  Simply put, it's modern day slavery. And with the 2014 Super Bowl in the Meadowlands drawing near, the greater Summit community needs to be made more aware of the dangers involved. We can't say "not on our neighborhood" or "not our children".

There will be a presentation and panel discussion from regional experts on the topic, who will cover the perils of human trafficking and what can be done to stop it.

Past Junior Leagues of NJ State Public Affairs Chair, Patricia Devine-Harms noted, “Junior League women have worked diligently since 2005 to raise awareness about the horrors of human trafficking and to implement laws that are victim-centered and hold perpetrators more accountable.  Our objective is to speak up for those that are forced to keep quiet and to empower survivors whom have escaped enslavement.  Awareness and effective partnerships are vitally important in preventing trafficking and reducing demand."

For more information, please e-mail mlmanelas@verizon.net.

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