Human Trafficking Prayer Breakfast Saturday January 9th
The East Coast Human Trafficking Task Force will host an Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast this Saturday January 9th from 8:30 am until noon. The event will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church at 300 Malabar Ave in Palm Bay and will feature speakers, music and breakfast provided by the Knights of Columbus.
Speakers include: Sgt Greg Allman-Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation Orlando, Dr. Leslie Gavin Devitt, Clinical Psychologist with Nemours Children's Health System and Dr. Anthony Davis of the No Limits Ministries.
A donation minimum of $10 per person is requested and profits after expenses will be used for gift cards for the Victims Program. Space is limited, Tickets at the door if available.
“Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery that enables criminals who both traffic and exploit individuals, including many young girls, to make a huge profit. Few things are crueler in our society and we have a moral obligation to end it,” said Congressman Bill Posey. “There are many in our community who are actively engaged in fighting human trafficking and meeting the needs of victims. This symposium is an opportunity for residents in our community to gain a better understanding of human trafficking issues and how we can work together to put an end to these heinous crimes.”
“Zonta International has been fighting human trafficking for at least twelve years. The Zonta Club of Melbourne has been very active in the fight by making our own community and beyond aware of human trafficking and how rampant this horrific crime has become,” said Claire Ellis, Anti-Human Trafficking Chair and Membership Chair of the Zonta Club of Melbourne. “By educating ourselves and others, there is hope for identifying and reporting the signs.”
“Modern day slavery may never be eradicated in my lifetime, but I can do my part to eradicate slavery from as many lives as possible. To that victim, it will feel like slavery was eradicated in their lifetime,” said Bill Stanley, co-founder of the Nomad Community Church in Melbourne and the East Coast Human Trafficking Task Force.
“Human Trafficking is not a White, Asian, Hispanic, or Black problem, it's a people problem. And when the people come together and stand up for victims, the traffickers won't stand a chance,” said Dr. Anthony Davis, Chairman of the East Coast Human Trafficking Task Force and Vice-Chair of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force.
January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Congressman Bill Posey presents a Symposium on Combating Human Trafficking from 7:30 am-12:00 pm at the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center Eastern Florida State College 1519 Clearlake Rd Cocoa.
The event will bring together local experts in the field to discuss Florida’s efforts in the fight against trafficking to gain local insight on effective strategies to prevent human trafficking and to inform the public on how to engage in combating this growing problem. Greg Pallone from Channel 13 News will moderate the main discussion panel.
Learn how to take action, network and build new connections with leading experts in the field. For more information 321 632-1776.