April is National
Child Abuse Prevention month and the recent study by the Washington D.C. Urban
Institute for the U.S. Justice Department highlights the abuse of children in
illegal sex trafficking in America. Atlanta topped the list of sex trafficking
cities. Each night in the ATL, approximately 100 children will be
exploited. The average age of trafficking victims is 12 years old; this brutal
and inhumane business of trading children for money cannot be ignored in
On Saturday, April 26 at 9:30 am at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Atlanta Airport West (Camp Creek Parkway near the Walgreen’s) the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter and East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host a Human Trafficking Forum.
The panel will include:
Jennifer Swain - End Child Sex Trafficking Program Manager; YouthSpark, Inc.
Dorsey L. Jones- Author of the book, "The Angels Were Crying: Stretched Beyond Measure"
Jan Lennon- Aviation Security Manager; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (The airport has placed a Human Trafficking Notice in shops and restaurants throughout the airport which offers a toll free number for help with the following message: "Are you or someone you know being sold for sex or made/forced to work for little or no pay, and cannot leave?")
Brian Johnston- Assistant Special Agent, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI); Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit
Moderator: Tenisha Taylor Bell-Executive Producer, CNN
The internet has created a "cyber street corner" that allows people to easily approach kids on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other websites anonymously. Parents and teenagers can learn first hand from experts to prevent a vulnerable young person from falling victim. Education can be a powerful tool-let’s use it to eliminate Atlanta’s #1 ranking.
Mark your calendar for next Saturday.
Human Trafficking Forum
Saturday, April 26 at 9:30am
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Atlanta Airport West - Camp Creek Parkway near Walgreen’s
Together, we can make a difference.