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    • 10 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Saint Paul Neighborhood Network | 550 Vandalia St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114


    In partnership with League of Women Voters Minneapolis and Saint Paul Neighborhood Network. Free Eventbrite ticket required as R.S.V.P.

    Did you know that human trafficking is an issue that affects vulnerable women and men in Minnesota? The Department of Justice has identified the Twin Cities as one of the nation’s 15 largest centers for child sextrafficking—a vast majority of them girls. And instances of human and sex trafficking are believed to increase around large events, like the Super Bowl.

    This panel discussion will discuss the problem of sex and human trafficking and how to stop it. During the panel, participants will learn:

    • What constitutes sex trafficking and exploitation
    • The extent of the problem in Minnesota
    • The populations that are most vulnerable to trafficking
    • Risk factors and signs that a teen might be exploited
    • Organizations and resources to turn to if you discover someone has been exploited
    • Safe Harbor and how the legal system is working to help young victims
    • Ways that you can help fight sex and human trafficking now
    The speakers on the panel include:
    • John Choi - John is the Ramsey County Attorney. Since taking office in 2011, he has become a national leader in the fight against sex trafficking. Both as Saint Paul City Attorney and in his current role as County Attorney, John's innovative approach to holding abusers accountable, while working collaboratively with advocacy agencies to help victims has transformed the way government intervenes in domestic violence and sex trafficking situations. In addition, he has advanced reforms in other areas, including: GPS technology to keep victims safe, making it possible to reunite families of teens languishing in the foster care system, and combating fraud and elder abuse.
    • Amanda Koonjbeharry - Amanda is a first generation American Indo-Guyanese. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Family Social Science, a Master’s of Social Work (MSW), and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Her professional career has been rooted in social and racial justice, and has included work related to issues of poverty, housing/homelessness, mental health, domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual assault, and human trafficking. Amanda currently works as an administrative manager at Hennepin County coordinating anti-sex trafficking efforts, and she is also the co-founder and chair of the People of Color Employee Resource Group. Amanda serves on the board of the Domestic Abuse Project and New Leaders Council-Twin Cities chapter.
    • Terry Forliti - In addition to being a survivor of many forms of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, Terry focused on empowerment of the marginalized while obtaining her degree in Organizational Leadership in 2005. Terry served on the Board of Directors of Breaking Free and was eventually hired as staff due to her incredible gift of relating to women Breaking Free serves and her tireless dedication to them. Terry was instrumental in designing and implementing the Breaking Free database and was the systems analyst for several years. Today, Terry is the Executive Director of Breaking Free.  She is also a member of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force and serves on a couple of committees. Terry was awarded the 2015 Lois M. Christensen Award for Women Who Impact by the Minnesota Women of Today.
    • Additional panelists will be added as they are confirmed.

    Join us before the event and grab a drink at Lake Monster Brewing (right next to the SPNN studios).

    If you cannot attend this event in-person, we hope you will watch the broadcast on SPNN (Saint Paul Neighborhood Network). You can find it on Channel 19 in Saint Paul. It will also be broadcast via MTN in Minneapolis, the channel will be posted once confirmed. Use #EndSexTraffickingLWV on Facebook or Twitter to join the conversation and submit questions to the panel (note: your privacy settings on Facebook must be set to "public" for our team to see any questions posed on Facebook).

    Space is limited. Click here to R.S.V.P. on Eventbrite to reserve your seat.

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