From around the world to our backyards, human trafficking continues to be a very serious and important issue. Seeing the need for a local forum on this ongoing humanitarian problem, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System recently hosted “Community Response to an International Crisis: A Seminar on Human Trafficking.”
This multidisciplinary and free event took place on Friday, August 23 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. The purpose of this event was educating and increasing awareness on human trafficking, bringing hope to those being victimized, and facilitating important community collaboration.
The forum hosted national experts in human trafficking including John F. Clark, President & CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as well as local leaders including Carrie Fisher Sherard, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Greenville Office.
“Seventy four percent of people being trafficked come into contact with a healthcare worker,” said John C. Richmond, Ambassador-at-Large at the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and featured speaker at the event.
As a healthcare system, our role is clear. Not only do we need to be aware of this crisis and protect its victims, we need to be a leader and empower our community to take action. "After a year into my recovery, I no longer feel weak... My eyes are open to the streams of influence that can lead women like me into the game. Today, I feel secure that my community is going to love me, no matter what, unconditionally,” said an anonymous human trafficking survivor at the seminar.
Watch the full broadcast of this event on Facebook.
Get more information on the seminar's agenda and featured speakers.