Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Human Trafficking, The Courage to Speak Up - Topic of Speaker Series

Greater Pittsburgh Business and Professional Women’s Association Presents Speaker Series

Human Trafficking

The Courage to Speak Up

@ Rivers Club - One Oxford Center

September 7, 2011
7:30AM to 9:30AM

Find out what Human Trafficking is, how to recognize the signs in our own community and how to help victims speak up.

See below for the expert panel who will discuss this topic:

Moderator -

Diane Richard,

Public Information Officer

Spokeswoman Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Soo C. Song,

First Assistant U.S. Attorney

Department of Justice Western District of

Pennsylvania, Criminal Division - Civil Rights

and Exploitation Section

Jaime Turek, M.I.D., Assistant Director,

Project to End Human Trafficking in Pittsburgh. Dedicated to the fight for human rights and global justice for young women

Yinka Aganga-Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace (AJAPO)

The Greater Pittsburgh Business and Professional Women Association will present the third installment of their breakfast series on women and domestic violence. This discussion, Human Trafficking: The courage to speak up will examine the sexual exploitation of women and young girls.

These victims are entering the commercial sex industry at younger and younger ages to bring money into families, gangs and to individuals who steal, buy and sell them for a hefty profit. Vanity Fair magazine estimates 300,000 young American girls are entering the commercial sex trade at this time. The recent case of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped as a child and kept as a sex slave in a back yard compound for eighteen years is an example and the case of the FLDS leader, Warren Jeffs, is another example. And, there are many more instances that go unnoticed and women and children remain the target.

The event combines breakfast, speaker presentation and panel discussion. The proceeds will benefit the Linda Cobb Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each year the Greater Pittsburgh Business and Professional Women Association awards two scholarships based on school record and written essay to a new college student and to a student returning or entering college later in life.

Participants will learn:

• What Human Trafficking is,

• How to recognize the signs

• and how to help victims speak up

For more information contact,

Sue Roselle, BPW President at (412) 889-2401

Breakfast $35 Registration begins at 7 AM

Must pre-register by August 31

To attend call (412) 889-2401 or email: pittbpw@hotmail.com

Approved by NASW-PA for 2 CE units.

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