YWCA Greenwich to host a conversation about the battle to end human trafficking

YWCA Greenwich 7. January. 2019:  On Wednesday, January 16, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. YWCA Greenwich at 259 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT will host a provocative discussion about the fight to end human trafficking. A panel of experts will focus on the crime of labor trafficking. Thirty-five local non-profits and houses of worship have also signed on to partner with the YWCA in this effort to raise awareness and to provide consumers and business leaders with information on how their own actions can help to put an end labor trafficking.

“Annually, YWCA Greenwich honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by choosing a topic he would have cared deeply about,” said Mary Lee Kiernan, President and CEO, YWCA Greenwich. “With millions of people trapped in forced labor globally, we believe it’s critical to educate consumers and business leaders about these crimes that are happening in our own community in industries like agriculture, manufacturing, domestic work, nails salons and others.”

The YWCA has organized an elite panel of experts who are tackling the issue of labor trafficking head on:  Moderator, Krishna Patel, General Counsel and Director of Justice Initiatives, Grace Farms Foundation; Luis deBaca, lawyer and diplomat who served as United States Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and as Director of the Department of Justice's Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART Office); Divya Demato, CEO and Co-Founder, GoodOps, and an expert in supply chain networks; Jillian Gilchrest, Chair, Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council and recently elected CT State Representative, District 18; and Resa Spaziani, Director, Wage and Workplace Standards, Connecticut Department of Labor. 

According to the Polaris Project, 20.1 million people globally are in forced labor, and the U.S. Department of Defense estimates that forced labor generates $51.2 billion dollars annually.  In the U.S., it is estimated that there are tens of thousands of men, women and children who are forced into prostitution or forced labor and stripped of their freedoms. It’s a phenomenon that affects every city and town and is often hidden from plain sight.  Between 2007 and 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline responded to 40,987 cases of sex and labor trafficking, which could involve more than one person.

The event panel will discuss the issue and the work they’re doing in various branches of government and the private sector to identify and track traffickers and victims. Importantly, they will provide information on how to spot instances of labor trafficking, how to contact law enforcement, and how consumers can impact labor trafficking with their buying decisions.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and registration is recommended by going to www.ywcagreenwich.org/labor-trafficking-registration. For questions, contact Joan Mockler, Director of Communications and Racial Justice, YWCA Greenwich, at 203-869-6501, ext. 104 or j.mockler@ywcagreenwich.org.


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About YWCA Greenwich

YWCA Greenwich, has been making a difference in the lives of families, spanning babies to seniors, since 1919. The organization provides preschool and after-school programs, a competitive aquatics program, youth athletics, adult health and fitness programs and adult seminars. YWCA Greenwich is the only state designated and accredited provider of domestic abuse services in Greenwich, with staff who are licensed to provide a variety of victim services.  YWCA Greenwich provides 100% of its services free of charge to the victims who reach them.