Friday, January 7, 2011

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Monday January 10th, 2011 - Statewide Event held in Raleigh, NC

The two statewide coalitions to fight human trafficking - NC Stop Human Trafficking (community members) and NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking (direct service providers) - are planning a joint statewide event on January 10th to inform the public of the issue of human trafficking in NC and what is currently being done to fight it. We would love to have this event at NC State because it is a great central location and we have students in our coalition who attend NC State. The event will be on January 10th from 12-1pm. We need seating for about 100-150 people set up theater-style and about 5-6 table set up in the back of the room for literature and information.

The statewide event on January 10th that we are proposing to have at NC State between NC Stop Human Trafficking and and the NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking will be used to raise awareness and gain media coverage as a platform for the events happening the next day, on January 11th for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day events across the state.
There are local events happening in Greenville, Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, NC State, and UNC.

12pm – Event opens, networking and sign in – White Ribbon handouts
12:15 – Detective Tommy Sluder will speak on the issue of human trafficking
12:25 – Reading of Governor Beverly Perdue’s proclamation designating January 2011 to be NC Human Trafficking Awareness Month
12:30 – Charity Magnuson, Director of NC Stop Human Trafficking, will speak about coalition mission, successes, and future plans for the organization
12:35 – Danielle Mitchell, Executive Committee of NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking, will speak about coalition mission, successes and future plans
12:40 – Recognition of events occurring across North Carolina during January 2011 to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness Month and introduction of booths
12:45 – Break for Q&A and networking

Media coverage is expected for this event.

Some info on NC Stop Human Trafficking:

NC Stop Human Trafficking is a statewide organization whose mission is to eradicate modern day slavery in all its forms. NC Stop Human Trafficking works to fight human trafficking on multiple levels following the P.A.V.E. model: Prevention, Advocacy, Victim Services and Education/awareness. NC Stop works through connecting and supporting individuals, community-based and faith-based organizations, non-governmental and governmental organizations. We focus on collaboration and communication between all groups to be efficient and effective. NC Stop strives to create opportunities for community members to become involved in the fight to stop human trafficking that are fulfilling and appropriate for each member.

Some info on NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking:
Established in 2004 as a collaboration between the NC Attorney General's Office, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and several other organizations, the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking is a group of professionals from multiple fields (including law enforcement, legal services, social services, legislative, etc.) that works to raise awareness about Human Trafficking across North Carolina, to support efforts to prosecute traffickers, and to identify and assist victims. In 2007, the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking published a manual with more information about the taskforce and trafficking in general, which can be found here; a second edition is in process.

As the primary first responder, law enforcement is key to identifying victims. By working together, we will be better able to confront trafficking in North Carolina, arrest and prosecute traffickers, and identify victims and connect them to appropriate services.
In addition to working statewide, the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking is also involved in helping to develop local Rapid Response Teams (RRTs). These RRTs will be made up of direct services providers, law enforcement agencies, and faith based groups at the local level who will identify and assist victims of trafficking.

STATEWIDE – Tuesday January 11th, 2011 – National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

NC Stop Human Trafficking is proud to partner with Tennessee’s Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking on an event happening across 24 -and counting - states.

In observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we join together with Abolitionist across the US to be the light in the darkness for victims of human trafficking. We vow to shed the light on this heinous crime and to be beacons of hope and healing to the estimated 27 million people who are in slavery in the world today.

Please join us in wearing something WHITE on January 11th, 2011 to signify this commitment. Please email with your name and city if you will be joining us on this day. Please also post your name, city and state on BOTH OUR facebook page and on the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking facebook page.

Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking Website:

White ribbons will be passed out at all NC Stop Human Trafficking sponsored events throughout January 2011. If you are attending an NC Stop Human Trafficking event this month, please wear something white and feel free to bring something with an anti-trafficking statement on it. We will take pictures as a group. If you are not comfortable taking pictures, you will certainly have the opportunity to opt out.

We want to get a clear “picture” of what North Carolina looks like in the anti-trafficking movement. Take a picture of yourself and anyone else commemorating with you wearing white. Somewhere in the picture have your name, city, state, and a statement against human trafficking. We are looking for individual and group pictures. Be creative and show why North Carolina is the best state united to fight against human trafficking!

Email pictures to We will post on our website and forward to the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

This is a great way to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness Day, especially if you are unable to attend any events.Lets be the state with the most participants and pictures!

Further questions can be directed to


Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 · Greenville, NC
11:00am - 2:00pm
Proclamation Against Human Trafficking Reading
Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall
200 West Fifth Street, Greenville, NC
Sponsored by Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking

Mayor Patricia Dunn will sign the Proclamation. Detective Chauncey Congleton (Human Trafficking Investigator for the Pitt County Sheriff's Office) has been invited to share information about Human Trafficking in the area. Please come and wear WHITE!!!

For more information contact Pam Strickland:


Tuesday January 11th, 2011 – Charlotte, NC – WEAR SOMETHING WHITE



Press Conference in Honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East Fourth St., Charlotte, NC 28202
The press conference will be held in the building's lobby.

Charlotte, NC - On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Charlotte Human Trafficking Task Force will hold a local press conference to help raise community awareness regarding various issues related to human trafficking. The press conference will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

The task force will also sponsor an Emergency Bag Supply Drive designed to provide emergency supplies to victims of human trafficking in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. The Emergency Bag Supply Drive will run from January 11, 2011 through January 31, 2011. A list of designated drop-off locations, as well as list of suggested items for donations can be found at

The press conference is open to the public, as its goal is to raise community awareness for issues related to human trafficking. Printed information will be available as well as white ribbons to commemorate the day in coordination with 24 states in the US. Below is the list of speakers and topics:

John Price

Special Agent, FBI

Welcome, definition of human trafficking, tips on identifying victims of human trafficking, the Charlotte Human Trafficking Task Force's mission

Delbert Richburg

Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Local statistics on human trafficking in our area, ICE's role in investigation of human trafficking cases and their collaboration with other agencies

Rona Karacaova

Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.'s Battered Immigrant Project

Immigration assistance for victims of human trafficking

Karen Parker Thompson

Chief of Strategic Initiatives, United Family Services (UFS)

Housing for victims of human trafficking, fund drive for new shelter and how to make donations UFS' participation in the local human trafficking task force

Anne M. Tompkins

United States Attorney, Western District of North Carolina

The US Attorney's office's role in combating human trafficking and protecting victims, successes in human trafficking cases, introduction of Mayor

Mayor Anthony Foxx – waiting for confirmation

City of Charlotte

Issue proclamation in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Charity Magnuson

Director, NC Stop Human Trafficking

NC Stop's role in combating human trafficking, information on emergency bag supply drive

Parking is available in the Davidson Street parking deck between Third and Fourth Streets. Hourly and daily rates do apply.

Emergency Bag Supply Drive
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - Monday, January 31, 2011

Please visit for a list of designated drop-off locations for the emergency bag supplies, as well as list of suggested items for donation.

The Charlotte Human Trafficking Task Force is a rapid response team created to help identify and assist victims of human trafficking, create a law enforcement system to investigate and prosecute these crimes, and deliver social, legal and immigration services to human trafficking victims in the Charlotte area. The task force's members include the following organizations: United States Attorney's Office- Western District of North Carolina; FBI; Department of Homeland Security- Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Legal Aid of North Carolina Inc.'s Battered Immigrant Project; Legal Services of Southern Piedmont's Immigrant Justice Project; No Longer Captive; Charlotte Community Health Clinic; United Family Services; Charlotte AHEC- Mental Health Education; Catholic Social Services; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; Council for Children's Rights; The Salvation Army; World Relief NC; NC Stop Human Trafficking


Tuesday January 11th, 2011 – Greensboro, NC – WEAR SOMETHING WHITE
Prayer Vigil for Human Trafficking
6:30 – 7:30pm
Westover Church, 505 Muirs Chapel Road, Greensboro, NC 27410

Come join Abolition Ministries in a prayer vigil on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Westover Church. For more information contact


Tuesday January 11th, 2011 – Raleigh, NC
Soroptimist January Meeting
Tuesday January 11th, 2011
6:15 PM to 8:30 PM
Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church
4921 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27609

January 11 was designated in 2007 as the National Day for Human Trafficking Awarness. Our monthly meeting that evening will showcase Hope House in Asheville. Donna Stewart, Development Director for Hope House, will share the story of this safe-haven for domestic minor victims of sex trafficking. Please come to learn more about this residence and its needs, and learn more about Soroptimist initiatives to create human trafficking awareness across the community.

We'll be collecting donated items that night for the shelter. Click on the link to see the list of items currently sought in order to address educational and other needs of the residents.

Following the speaker, we'll proceed with our monthly business meeting. Whether you're a member, an interested party, or someone considering joining Soroptimist, this will be a meeting not to miss.

For more information contact Soroptimist Raleigh at 919-386-9910


Tuesday January 11th, 2011 –UNC Chapel Hill – WEAR SOMETHING WHITE
Demonstration on the Quad
Noon to 4pm
UNC student organization CAST – Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking – will be demonstrating on campus with a long paper chain signifying the people in slavery around the world. NC Stop Human Trafficking members will be joining them. Information will be passed out about the issue as well as flyers for the human trafficking documentary screening that evening at the School of Social Work. White ribbons will be passed out and pictures taken for the United As One campaign with 24 other states.

For more information, contact


Tuesday January 11th, 2011 - UNC- Chapel Hill - WEAR SOMETHING WHITE

Human Trafficking: Slavery Still Exists
Documentary Screening: Cargo: Innocence Lost
Tuesday January 11th, 2011
UNC -Chapel Hill School of Social Work
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building Auditorium

6:30pm - 8:30pm
cost: free

Event Summary:
A compelling documentary, Cargo: Innocence Lost, unveils the dark underworld of sex trafficking through compelling interviews with some of the country's top officials on the subject, victims' advocates and victims themselves, who were rescued in Texas. Award-winning director and writer, Michael Cory Davis (Svetlana's Journey, Hollywood Film Festival 2005 winner, best short), makes his second directorial foray into this must-see, thought-provoking film that is interwoven with a raw, intense narrative based on numerous true stories from victims of the sex trade.

Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today. The US Department of Justice estimates 14,500 to 17,500 foreign born victims are trafficked into the United States each year while 300,000 American children are at risk for human trafficking here in the United States every year.

Information on the $32 Billion human trafficking industry will be presented as well as information on how to get involved.

Directions and parking instructions can be found here:
Presented by NC Stop Human Trafficking -
For more information or to RSVP, contact:
Many thanks to the UNC School of Social Work for allowing us to screen the documentary.


Thursday January 13th - NC State - Raleigh, NC:

Human Trafficking: Slavery Still Exists
Documentary Screening: Cargo: Innocence Lost
Thursday January 13th, 2011
NC State University, South Gallery - 2nd Floor Talley Student Center
6:30pm - 8:30pm
cost: free


Monday January 17th, 2011- Charlotte, NC - WEAR SOMETHING WHITE

Human Trafficking: Slavery Still Exists
Documentary Screening: Cargo: Innocence Lost
Monday January 17th, 2011
Dharma Lounge

1440 South Tryon Street, Suite 105, Charlotte, NC 28203

6:30pm - 8:30pm
cost: free

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