5125 S. Apopka Vineland Road
Windermere, FL 34786
Symposium to Bring Awareness on Human Trafficking
Orlando, FL – Every year, hundreds of thousands of youth are trafficked around the country, and Orlando ranks third per capita in the nation for reported human trafficking cases.
The Ministries of Holy Family Catholic Church has partnered with the Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force to tackle this growing problem during its first Human Trafficking Symposium on Jan. 20.
The symposium titled, “I’m Not for Sale,” is designed to bring awareness to youth and adults, ages 13 and older, about the issue of human trafficking that is happening in their hometowns. Deacon Fred Molina, Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force coordinator, said labor and sex trafficking is a growing problem and can be found in just about every city in the nation.
“Sex trafficking applies to all races and economic status,” Molina said. “It is the fastest growing industry in crime behind illegal drugs, and it is happening right in our neighborhoods along with labor trafficking in some of the businesses we may frequent.”
The symposium begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m. and runs from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Holy Family, 5125 S. Apopka Vineland Road, and is open to all residents from Greater Orlando and its surrounding communities.
The conference will include nationally renowned speakers such as Father Shenan Boquet from Human Life International and Katariina Rosenblatt, LLM PhD, Consultant and Trainer/Author & Speaker on Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence and a human trafficking survivor. Attendees also will be able to participate in a hands-on workshop to put together survival backpacks for human trafficking victims as well as other activities.
Sexual exploitation and labor trafficking is a $150 billion world market and a $31 billion industry in the United States with Florida ranked as No. 3 in the nation in reported cases. Girls between the ages of 12 and 14 and boys between 11 and 13 are most commonly targeted through the internet, social media, malls, and elsewhere in the community.
“One of the ways we are combating human trafficking is through awareness,” said Molina. “People are the problem, but they can be the solution through education and awareness, they can turn the tides of modern day slavery.”
There is a $7 suggested donation for individuals and $17 for families, which includes lunch. For more information on registering or sponsoring the event, contact Holy Family at 407-876-2211 or visit www.holyfamilyorlando.com.
Platinum Sponsors: Men of Holy Family
Silver Sponsors: Dynamic Catholic Institute, Holy Family Knights of Columbus Council 11488, JMJ Pregnancy Center
Bronze Sponsors/In kind donations: CCTN, Firehouse Subs, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Southwest Orlando Family Medicine
Suggested donation of $7 per person or $17 per family