Shedding Light on the Problem of Human Trafficking
The Oral Roberts University social work program has partnered with Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (OATH) to sponsor the Child Sex Trafficking Conference at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Mabee Center. The conference is for anyone who would like to learn more about the seriousness of human trafficking in Oklahoma and what they can do to help fight it. There will also be separate conference tracks for members of law enforcement and those who are service providers for people affected by human trafficking. Key speakers include Kayla Bakshi, federal prosecutor and specialist in human trafficking, Mark Elam, co-founder and director of OATH, and many others.
ORU's Social Justice Society and Social Work Club are collaborating to help increase awareness about human trafficking in Oklahoma. To encourage students to be more involved they will be holding events the night before the conference (Oct. 21). In Zoppelt at 7 p.m. the two clubs will host a documentary on sex trafficking and hold a question-and-answer panel afterward. These clubs are also involved in encouraging people to attend the Child Sex Trafficking Conference.
Registration is open to anyone, but required for all participants. Box lunches, refreshments and packet materials will be provided. For more information or to register, visit www.oathconference.us. General admission is $25 for adults and $10 for students when you register online. ORU students attend free.