Human trafficking topic of Westport Interfaith Council forum
Published 5:46 am, Thursday, October 22, 2015
The event is set for 2 p.m. in the library’s McManus Room.
Speakers will be Sister Maureen Fleming of St. Luke Church and Leonela Cruz-Ahuatl, program manager of the Project Rescue-Anti Human Trafficking Program of the International Institute of Connecticut in Bridgeport.
Human trafficking, according to program organizers, is not a problem that happens halfway around the world, but is taking place in Fairfield County.
Fleming will detail statistics regarding the problem and how to recognize potential traffickers in the area, while Cruz-Ahuatl will provide an overview of the institute’s programs that are designed to those who have suffered trafficking, according to publicity for the event.
Fleming is the former executive director of Caroline House, an educational center for women and their children in Bridgeport. For the past 10 years, she has been working with the United Nation’s Commission for the Status of Women and follows human trafficking issues.
Cruz-Ahuatl, quoted in the press release for the event, said: “There are a lot of taboos on human trafficking; the more we talk about it and raise awareness the more likely we are to identify and rescue individuals while also breaking down the stigmas.”
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