United Methodist Women’s Annual Dinner to Focus the Issue of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking – which means the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation – is a huge issue and one that often happens in the shadows of society.

Director of Church and Community Abolition Network to Present

A talk on this important topic will be presented at the United Methodist Women’s Annual Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 13 at the church.

The scale of the problem is enormous. Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. The total annual revenue for trafficking in persons is estimated to be $115 billion. In the United States, 244,000-325,000 American youth are at risk, while 14,500-17,500 individuals are trafficked into the U.S. from other countries. Globally, an average of three people become victims of human trafficking for every 1,000 individuals. The number of people trafficked per 1,000 is highest in central and south-eastern Europe at 4.2 per 1,000 people, but more than half of all human trafficking victims are in Asia. (Statistics from the United Methodist Women.)

The United Methodist Women have a mission focus on human trafficking — promoting awareness and the detection of it. Further, we seek to prevent trafficking, protect the trafficked, and prosecute the traffickers.

Join us for this informative evening. There will be a light dinner of salad and dessert, starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a program at 7:15 p.m., presented by Rev. Bristol-Leverett is the Founder and Executive Director of CAN (Church and Community Abolition Network).


Rev. Mandy Bristol-Leverett’s Background

Rev. Bristol-Leverett is the Founder and Executive Director of CAN (Church and Community Abolition Network), the Executive Director of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NJCAHT) and BOT, the Education Director of the CAN office of the NJ Learning Management Network, and is an advisor to the NJ Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Mandy’s educational and professional background includes ministry, cultural anthropology, medicine, teaching, and 23 years of human trafficking awareness and advocacy.

Her cross-disciplinary experience has informed the last 14 years of service provision and developing services for human trafficking survivors. Mandy assist with human trafficking service provision referrals nationwide and is currently collaborating to open 2 survivor homes in NJ. Mandy speaks regularly to public schools, universities, hospitals, parent groups, and to a vast range of professionals. Her everyday-everywhere-everyone-abolition emphasis empowers regular people to become the everyday heroes that prevent, detect, and end slavery.

All women and their family and friends are invited to attend and learn more about this social justice problem. Please sign up in the Narthex to bring a dish. 

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