Peace Lutheran Church together with the Women of the ELCA, East Central Synod Wisconsin (ECSW) will host a Human Trafficking Awareness Conference on Saturday, November 12. Human trafficking is the “recruitment, harboring, transporting, obtaining, or maintaining of a person by means of force, fraud, or coercion for purposes of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery, or a commercial sex act or any commercial sex act in which the person performing the sex act is under eighteen years old” (Belles, In Our Backyard, p. 29). Both the churchwide ELCA and Women of the ELCA are working to end this practice which victimizes millions of people around the world as well as right here in Northeast Wisconsin.
The keynote speaker will be Theresa Flores, a survivor of human trafficking in the U.S. Other speakers will include Sister Celine Goessl, Lt. Andy Opperman of the Green Bay Police Department, and Dawn Spang of Eye Heart World, along with representatives from 5 Stones and Shared Hope International.
This event is free and open to the public, but participants must register by November 7. A free will offering will be taken to help cover costs of the event. If you wish, you may donate blank, lined journals for Eye Heart World to use with survivors as well as at risk girls through their Heart Tour Program.
Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, young people ages 13 - 18 may attend only if accompanied by a parent or guardian.