Human Trafficking Symposium set for Jan. 14 at FGCU

f859e6_aca588a8d1644a0b8de54372a77651e8.jpg_srb_p_250_160_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida and the Regional Resource Center on Human Trafficking present the first annual Human Trafficking Symposium on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cohen Ballroom at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Community leaders and professionals in law enforcement, social services, health care, education and community organizations are encouraged to attend the inaugural symposium by registering at http://www.womensfundflorida.org/#!symposium/cqki. The event is $25 per person and students are admitted at no charge.

The keynote speaker is Bradley Myles, currently serving as the Polaris Project/National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s Executive Director and CEO. He has been working on combating the issue of human trafficking since 2002, and he is regarded as one of the leading advocates in the anti-trafficking arena. Mr. Myles plays an instrumental role in building Polaris Project’s national programs focused on systemic change in the areas of human trafficking policy advocacy, training, and capacity-building.

“The Human Trafficking Symposium is more than just a conference,” said Brenda Tate, president of the Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida. “It’s a movement to inform, motivate and energize our regional leaders behind concrete action to address human trafficking.”

According to statistics from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHRTC), one in three runaways is exploited for sex trafficking or pornography. NHRTC data indicates that 84 percent of human trafficking inquiries from Southwest Florida concern women and children, and 66 percent of human trafficking inquiries to NHTRC from Southwest Florida concern sex trafficking. If you suspect human trafficking or you are a victim in need of, call 1-888-373-7888 for information or help or text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233722).

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