YWCA to Host Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. YWCA Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Ave., will host a discussion about the fight to end human trafficking. A panel of experts will focus on the crime of labor trafficking. Thirty-five local non-profits and houses of worship have also signed on to partner with the YWCA in this effort to raise awareness and to provide consumers and business leaders with information on how their own actions can help to put an end labor trafficking.

The YWCA has organized an elite panel of experts who are tackling the issue of labor trafficking head on: Moderator, Krishna Patel, General Counsel and Director of Justice Initiatives, Grace Farms Foundation; Luis deBaca, lawyer and diplomat who served as United States Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and as Director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART Office); Divya Demato, CEO and Co-Founder, GoodOps, and an expert in supply chain networks; Jillian Gilchrest, Chair, Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council and recently elected CT State Representative, District 18; and Resa Spaziani, Director, Wage and Workplace Standards, Connecticut Department of Labor.

The event panel will discuss the issue and the work they’re doing in various branches of government and the private sector to identify and track traffickers and victims. Importantly, they will provide information on how to spot instances of labor trafficking, how to contact law enforcement, and how consumers can impact labor trafficking with their buying decisions.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and registration is recommended by going to ywcagreenwich.org/labor-trafficking-registration. For questions, contact Joan Mockler, Director of Communications and Racial Justice, YWCA Greenwich, at 203-869-6501, ext. 104 or j.mockler@ywcagreenwich.org

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