Human Trafficking Awareness Event Comes to Lourdes University
L.I.N.K. (Linking Interest, Need & Knowledge) and the STOP (Stop Trafficking of Persons) Committee present The S.O.A.P (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Project, Saturday, April 6 in the Franciscan Center 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania from 9am to 3:30pm. Speakers · Ms. Mona Al-Hayani, Director of Human Trafficking and Social Justice Issues for the Toledo Federation of Teachers · Detective Jeremie Barclay, of the Toledo Police Department Afternoon activities include distributing soap to hotels where potential victims of human trafficking may be housed, and role-playing situations individuals may encounter. Open to the public. $10 per person. For more information or to register for the event, contact Sr. Barbara Vano at email@example.com or (419) 824-3861. The S.O.A.P Project Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) is a hands-on outreach program, fighting sex trafficking at large events and in communities across the US. Founded by Theresa Flores, author and survivor of human trafficking, S.O.A.P. is focused on educating and increasing awareness on the prevalence and prevention of human trafficking, by distributing bars of soap wrapped in red labels to high-risk motels. These red labels are printed with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number and other resources for victims. Trained volunteers offer the soap free of charge to motels, along with training to identify and report sex trafficking. For more information, visit https://www.soapproject.org/ L.I.N.K (Linking Interest, Need & Knowledge) L.I.N.K. is the Lourdes University Campus Ministry student organization. Members help to plan Campus Ministry events to explore and share their faith through volunteerism, mission trips, and fellowship gatherings. STOP (Stop Trafficking of Persons) STOP is a local interfaith group committed to educating the public on the topic of human trafficking. STOP works to eliminate human trafficking through public programming throughout the Greater Toledo area, where an estimated 1,100 youth are trafficked annually. Lourdes University Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.