Human Trafficking Forum – Jackson

September 19, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

JXN Community Forum: Human Trafficking- Jackson

Join us for the next JXN Community Forum with the topic “Human Trafficking” on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm.

While many governments, organizations, and individuals have committed billions of hours and dollars to ending modern-day slavery, it is more prevalent today than ever before. Other scholars, while acknowledging the structural factors involved, believe individuals involved in human trafficking are willing participants who make money to support themselves, their families, and a particular “American” standard of living. This talk will explore the definition of human trafficking, its various forms, what it looks like in Jackson County and Michigan, and the tenuous relationship between human trafficking and voluntary patterns of migration. Featured speakers include:

· Jeremy Norwood, Associate Professor of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI; Member, Jackson County Task Force on Human Trafficking
· Stephen Flavin, Chair, Jackson County Freedom Coalition, Co-Pastor, 1208 Greenwood Church, Jackson, MI
· Andrew Van Valin, Member of Jackson County Freedom Coalition, Set Free Movement

JXN Community Forumsare free and open programs to encourage dialogue about the challenging issues of our day. The series is sponsored by the Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty and the Jackson District Library. All forums are held at the JDL Carnegie Branch, 244 West Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI, usually on the third Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm. Childcare may be available for a modest donation: call 817-0940 to RSVP for childcare. Call Debby Sears at the library at 517-788-4087 ext. 234 for more information or see the JDL website at

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