The Episcopal Diocese of New York Task Force Against Human Trafficking is sponsoring this interfaith panel as a special event during the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Moderated by Nicole Wood of the Department of Homeland Securit and White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the panelists are:
Rev. Que English, Chair, NYC Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Rabbi Diana Gerson, Program Director, New York Board of Rabbis
Laura Russell, Esq., Legal Aid Society
Raleigh Sadler, Founder, Let My People Go
Safiyya Sarkin, President and Founder, Women Beyond Survival
There will also be a video message from philosopher, sociologist and theologian Elaine Storkey, author of “Scars Across Humanity –Understanding and overcoming violence against women.”
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has noted that trafficking in persons is one of the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved; it is the fastest growing international crime. Human trafficking is the second largest source of illegal income worldwide exceeded only by drug trafficking. According to the International Labor Organization, 5.5 million children are the victims of human trafficking, including sex exploitation, forced labor, and as prison/child soldiers.
Please join us for this informative panel so that we can all be the change that will bring freedom to the captives.