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In recognition of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center, an initiative of the Circuit Court, invites the community to attend, Human Trafficking: It Happens Here Too. The interactive community forum will discuss ways to combat and eradicate human trafficking in Prince George’s County. The forum will be held at Langley Park Multi-Service Center, 1401 E. University Blvd., Hyattsville, Md. 20783 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
“Each year, and throughout the year, the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center tailor events and services to shed light on the most vulnerable population and issues,” says the Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. “Through these platforms we’re able to facilitate the discussion, create awareness and educate the Prince George’s County community and beyond about human trafficking and identify ways to eradicate it in our community. I would like to thank Denise C. McCain, Director of the Prince George’s County Family Justice, the staff, volunteers and partners for spearheading another informative and insightful event.”
This year, the forum will feature discussion topics such as how to talk to children about human trafficking, what measures parents can put in place to safeguard their children on the internet, the misconceptions of human trafficking in Prince George’s County and practical tips on how to take action. Panelists will conduct exercises and activities for attendees to take part in throughout the forum. Moreover, attendees will have the opportunity to actively engage with advocates, community members and service providers.
“Human trafficking is an increasingly prevalent problem warranting our attention,” says Ms. McCain. “Contrary to popular belief, human trafficking is not an issue solely unique to third world countries. Unfortunately, it’s happening right here in our communities, virtually hiding in plain sight. We must become more vigilant in our efforts to increase awareness and combat human trafficking and protect those who are victimized by this crime.”
The Prince George’s County Family Justice Center (PGCFJC), an initiative of the Circuit Court, is a multi-disciplinary service center. The PGCFJC provides a full array of co-located services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and elder abuse. Identified as a best-practice, this new and innovative model enables local government and private community based organizations to collaborate and provide coordinated case management services designed to address the immediate and more systemic social welfare needs frequently encountered by survivors in the aftermath of abuse.
To learn more about the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center services, visit the website at www.princegeorgescourts.org/358 ##