Human Trafficking Awareness Table
Organized by: Preston Neill
EVENT DATE Aug 29, 2016
Depending on who you ask, the number of slaves worldwide today exists somewhere between 27 and 30 million people. One of the key ways trafficking is defeated is through awareness. Once people know the signs that indicate trafficking there is a greater possibility of saving victims and identifying traffickers.
Hi, my name is Preston Neill. I'm a trained volunteer Ambassador of Hope. Ambassadors of Hope is a volunteer program that trains people to conduct human trafficking awareness events. This year several of the Ambassadors want to host a table at the World Methodist Conference in Houston. The event which begins 8/29 and ends 9/3 is expected to have over three thousand attendees from over 80 countries. The World Methodist Council (hosting this conference) represents 80.5 million members in 133 countries.
Our goal here is simple. We want to equip as many of these religious leaders into anti-trafficking efforts as possible so they can empower their congregations to fight as well. Awareness goes very far in this fight. People knowing what to look for and reporting it not only prevents victimization but also helps law enforcement break up the networks. In the US, Shared Hope is training law enforcement, prosecutors and judges, first responders & medical personnel, social workers, service providers and activists. We recognize that trafficking is also happening overseas and by bringing awareness to these religious leaders, it could have a real world impact on the fight against trafficking.
We're requesting $2175 to help us meet this important event head on. That amount is calculated to provide the following: Booth space and electrical supply/$1600, $75 fee paid to crowdrise for hosting our fundraiser, and $500 for printed materials and resources to distribute throughout the event.
None of the cost goes towards travel or lodging all of that is being handled out of pocket by the volunteers.
Thank you for your support.