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    Posted February 23, 2014 by
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    By Tom Livsey, Ourtown National News Editor,


    Slavery is a term that identified the inhuman ownership of others. If any race goes back far enough in their racial history, many races and cultures used this type of practice, to build magnificent societies, by using slaves to create these great empires.


    Slavery in most parts of the world have become a thing of the past. However unfortunately, recent studies have discovered that human slavery is still live and well, even in America, the home of the free and the brave.


    The Gwinnett County Human Relations Commission will present a series of forums to raise awareness of human trafficking and how the community can help.


    Attendees will learn about human trafficking and how to identify characteristics of it, the underlying causes and how to report suspicious activities and find out how other agencies are intervening.


    The commission plans to host four forums, one in each commission district, beginning Thursday, Feb. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, located at 2140 Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross. Other forums will be scheduled throughout the year.

    “Human trafficking, especially the commercial sexual exploitation of children, is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, second to drug trafficking,” said Donald Sequeira, HRC chairman. “ By raising awareness of the crime and providing information from experts and access to resources, our community can be empowered to act for change.”

    Participants will hear from a panel of elected officials, law enforcement agencies and support organizations, including state Sen. Renee Unterman; Nekia Hackworth, attorney from the U.S. Department of Justice; Lt. Christopher Rafanelli from the Gwinnett Police Department’s Vice Unit; Scott Gates from Street Grace; and Mary Frances Bowley, founder and president of Wellspring Living. This event is free to the public, but registration is preferred.

    The Human Relations Commission was established by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to encourage, promote and develop fair and equal treatment for all persons, irrespective of their religious, economic, cultural, racial, disability, sexual orientation and occupational differences, so that they may enjoy an equal opportunity to live, grow, learn, work, play, worship and exercise their citizenship unhampered by discrimination.


    For more information please contact Donald Sequeira, Chairman Human Relations Commission : dsequeira@bellsouth.net or, hrc@gwinnettcounty.com.



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