Over the past several years, the subject of human trafficking has become increasingly common in newspapers, blogs, and educational conferences. More people are able to describe what human trafficking is and why public awareness on the issue is important. Few people are able to identify whether or not it has occurred in their own community, what resources there are for victims, and what action steps to take should they come in contact with a victim.
Human trafficking has become the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the United States causing organizations to take a stand against this growing affront to human rights. While statistics by county are not freely available, law enforcement for Genesee County has confirmed that cases of both sex and labor trafficking have occurred. Many residents and professionals now want to know what to do about it.
Five local organizations have teamed up to present a community symposium on human trafficking to increase awareness and reduce risk for Genesee County. The Genesee County Medical Society, Genesee County Human Trafficking Task Force, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Genesee County Medical Society Alliance, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Genesee County Osteopathic Association are holding a free event at the Flint Institute of Arts on Tuesday, September 15, from 8:30 – 2:00. There will be speakers from local, state, and federal levels who represent government, social services, the judicial system, healthcare, law enforcement, and educators.
Everyone from retirees, stay-at-home moms, students, and professionals are encouraged to attend the event, as there will be information relevant to all Genesee County residents regardless of age, race, gender, socioeconomic class, and occupation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to Sherry Smith via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (810) 733-9923.