Event to examine impact of human trafficking

On Thursday and Friday, November 13-14, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners will host a two-day informative event titled “Learn About the Impact of Human Trafficking.” This free event is sponsored by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in partnership with the Human Trafficking Awareness Committee and supporting community partners.

The effort is spearheaded by Oakland County Commissioners Shelley Goodman Taub, Mattie McKinney Hatchett, and Janet Jackson. The two-day event will feature special guest speakers Theresa Flores, a human trafficking survivor and advocate from Birmingham, Mich. Flores is an author of “The Slave Across the Street.”  Russell Petty, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Outreach Diversity coordinator, will also speak at the event.

The two-day event will be held in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium located at 1200 North Telegraph Road in Pontiac. The first day is dedicated to parents, students, and the public on Thursday, November 13,  from 6:30 to 9 p.m. On Friday, November 14, two professional trainings are scheduled for teachers, social workers, law enforcement, and professionals dealing with the issue of human trafficking. The first professional session is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon and the second session is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m.

Human Trafficking Awareness Committee and support community partners joining the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in this effort include: OaklandSchools, Crossroads for Youth, Jewish Family Services, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, and Youth Assistance for Oakland County.

Due to limited seating, registration is required. To register, for this free event, go to http://human-trafficking-event.eventbrite.com, call 248-858-0051 or go to www.oakgov.com/boc .

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