Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints are sponsoring a unique opportunity for the community to learn about human trafficking from inside this profitable criminal industry, from a survivor’s perspective.
Marian Hatcher (full bio below) is a survivor advocate fighting human trafficking in Chicago. She has been featured on numerous documentaries including “Prostitution: Leaving the Life” on OWN Network and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nickolas Kristof’s “A Path Appears” on PBS. She recently presented at President Carter’s World Summit to End Sexual Exploitation by 2025 and is a special consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. She will be speaking about her experience on both sides of human trafficking and answering questions.
A Resource Fair will also be held during the event. Agencies such as Safe Start, Sexual Assault Services, SANE, Crime Stoppers, Child Advocacy Center, Impact 211, SAFE Haven and Faith Hope & Love will have representatives on site with information on services and how human trafficking victims are supported locally.
When: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
What: Resource Fair from 10:30 to noon, Speaker at noon followed by a Q&A.
Where: Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints St. Luke Campus
(Event will be held at the Wheaton Franciscan St. Luke’s Campus downtown Racine at 1320 Wisconsin Avenue in the Benstead Auditorium. The parking lot is located on Wisconsin Avenue directly across from the Main Hospital Entrance. Once you enter the building you can take the elevators to the 3rd floor and the Benstead Auditorium is located right across from the elevators. Lunch is not provided but attendees are welcome to bring a lunch or buy lunch in the hospital cafeteria and bring into the event)
Reserve your spot now! Event is limited to 100 attendees so please RSVP as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 262-672-4645.
Human trafficking is considered modern day slavery and is an estimated 9.2 billion dollar industry here in the United States. It’s happing to roughly 100,000 – 300,000 of America’s children right now. It’s in our schools, our businesses and our community. Approximately 27 million people are enslaved today worldwide.
Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RCAHT) is a network of local resources (law enforcement, shelters, health providers and other services) collaborating to increase communication among all providers, identify gaps in services for victims and prevent conditions that foster human trafficking in Racine County through education and outreach efforts. For more information contact us at email@example.com, find us on Facebook, www.racinecoalition.org or contact Karri Hemmig at (262) 909-6612.
Marian Hatcher is a member of the Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office as Project Manager for the Office of Policy as well as the Human Trafficking Coordinator. She leads several CCSO anti-trafficking efforts such as “National Day of Johns Arrests”, a nationwide effort with over 80 participating law enforcement agencies including the FBI targeting the buyers of sex. As a national expert on combating the demand for commercial sex, she has testified before the Illinois and Colorado legislatures, has been featured in the OWN documentary “Prostitution: Leaving the Life”, which focused on her work as a Survivor Advocate and also appears in the Ink 180 documentary. Most recently she was featured in Nickolas Kristofs “A Path Appears” featured on PBS which focuses on her role with law enforcement. She is a consultant and speaker for organizations like Shared Hope and projects such as Demand Abolition. In 2013 she was awarded by the FBI for astounding assistance with their investigative efforts. She was the 2014 recipient of Shared Hope International’s Path Breaker Award presented to individuals who have dedicated themselves to tackling the demand that drives domestic minor sex trafficking. Most recently, Marian presented at the 59th convening of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations and President Carters World Summit to End Sexual Exploitation by 2025. She has a BS from Loyola University, currently serves as a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, (ECOSOC) and is a member of several national survivor-led human trafficking organizations.