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New Meetup: “Human Trafficking and the Church’s Response”

From: julie
Sent on: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 1:40 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia - Stop Modern Slavery (VASMS)!

What: ?Human Trafficking and the Church?s Response?

When: Saturday, June 12,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Although this is in Baltimore, I am posting it as it is open to anyone who wants to fight human trafficking. They are a fantastic group who are helping survivors and raising awareness. They have two guest speakers. The first is Bill Hillar whose story was the basis for the movie "Taken" but the ending for his daughter was tragic and not the happy movie version. The second speaker is Steve Hamilton who serves on the MD Human Trafficking Task Force and was formerly with Homeland Security. They have kindly offered space for any group's materials and have invited me to extend the invitation to all groups or individuals interested in stopping human trafficking. The information is below as well as a link at the bottom where you can register online. I hope some of you will have the time to attend this important meeting.

Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 children and young women are trafficked annually for forced labor or sex. They range in age from 9 to 19, with the average age being 11. The Baltimore-Washington corridor is the 3rd highest concentration of human trafficking in this country.

?and it is thriving right here in our city

As the Church, we are called ?to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness? (Isaiah 42:7). Several churches in the Greater Baltimore area are ready to get into the fight to abolish modern day slavery, but first we have to become informed and organized.

Mark your calendars for this informative, action-oriented meeting, designed specifically for clergy, social justice leaders, youth pastors, nonprofit leaders, and all those who are called to become modern-day abolitionists.

?Human Trafficking and the Church?s Response?

What your congregation needs to know about this social injustice and how you can get involved.

Monday June 14 ~ 6pm ? 9pm
Charm City Church
2001 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223 (Directions or Map)


5:30 ? 6:00pm ? Registration and networking. Opening Prayer.

6:00 ? 7:45pm? an educational program to give you a greater understanding of the scope and depth of this issue, on the international, national, and local scale. The program will focus on specific ways the Church can?and must?become involved. Our confirmed speakers include Bill Hillar of and Steve Hamilton of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force.

7:45 ? 9:00pm ? Our call to action. We will break into tactical teams based on the areas where you (or your congregation) feel led to serve. Each team will be facilitated by a current warrior in this fight and will help us develop a Church-wide action plan. The meeting will close in prayer.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to take advantage of our Resource Table to obtain materials you can use to learn more or take back to your congregation.

Guest Speakers
Bill Hillar is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army Special Forces. In 1988, while traveling with schoolmates in Southeast Asia, kidnappers pulled Bill Hillar?s 17-year old daughter off a train and forced her into the sex industry. Despite an exhaustive, multi-country search, he was unable to save his daughter from the fate that ultimately took her life. The recent movie "Taken," with Liam Neeson is based on Bill Hillar?s personal story.

Steve Hamilton serves on the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force and was formerly with the Department of Homeland Security. He is a ministry leader with the Vineyard Church and father of three daughters. Steve tracks the judicial and legislative efforts associated with human trafficking on his blog;

This Church-wide educational event is being organized by The Samaritan Women
( in partnership with several local congregations.

Questions about this event can be sent to Chris at [address removed]

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