Human Trafficking Symposium Saturday; RSVPs needed by Friday night

A symposium on human trafficking will be held Saturday at Cornerstone United Methodist Church.

The symposium will feature speakers and break out sessions to help participants identify the signs that someone is being trafficked and know how to help.

Hopes are to have a large contingent of teenagers, as well as adults, teachers, and law enforcement personnel at the event.

The symposium is free but RSVPs are needed — by Friday night — so organizers can plan for lunch. Attendees are also asked to bring a packaged, ready-to-eat food item for the Backpack Buddies and Joshua’s Gift programs that help combat food insecurity in children.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. and there will be several informational booths set up. The speakers will start at 9:30 and the event is expected to wrap up around 1 p.m. The church is located on Ga. Hwy. 154 at Thomas Crossroads.

Please RSVP by e-mailing cowetafayetterotary@gmail.com or calling 770-253-9478.

End Human Trafficking Now is a new initiative of Rotary International, and the symposium is being sponsored by the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club, the Newnan Rotary Club, the Peachtree City Rotary Club and the Fayette Daybreak Rotary Club.

Ginger Jackson-Queener, president of the Coweta Fayette Rotary Club, said she had received 190 RSVPs total as of Friday afternoon; the venue can hold about 250.

Speakers include Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens; Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Coppedge; Mary Frances Bowley, founder of Wellspring Living, which provides a home for victims of trafficking; a member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a representative from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Bruce Deel of City of Refuge. Attendees will have the opportunity to write down questions that will be answered by the panel.



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