Struggle in the Shadows

Community Conversations on Human Trafficking – a part of GMercyU’s MercyTalk series
Date:  Wed., September 27, 2017
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Gwynedd Mercy University Bensalem Campus, 3329 Street Rd., Bensalem, PA

This is a community dialog that will probe a critical issue plaguing our local, national and international communities, as well as examine the challenges faced by service providers in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Attendees will be given an overview of the problem, hear from experts in the field and have an opportunity to discuss/brainstorm potential solutions.

Featured panelists include:

Courtney Fyock, who works with the Salvation Army New Day to Stop Trafficking Program. With the program, she has contributed to developing social service protocols for responding to victims of human trafficking citywide, statewide advocacy work for policy reform, and conversations with local law enforcement entities to create screening and assessment processes.

Athena Buell Becerra, who works as an outreach specialist at Friends of Farmworkers. In her role, Athena participates in outreach and education about harassment and violence in the workplace across Pennsylvania, as well as assists in providing immigration legal aid to survivors of crime and trafficking.

Deirdre Blackburn, who works at the Network of Victim Assistance, which provides free counseling to victims and their families, advocates for victims’ rights, and offers personal safety educational programs.

The moderator of the panel will be Justin Udo, a reporter and editor at KYW Newsradio 1060.

The MercyTalks series reflects the concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism and Women.

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