Millions of women, men and children are caught in cycles of violence and oppression in the United States and around the globe. People of faith have opportunities to play a significant role in addressing and reducing levels of violence in communities through education and advocacy and, in so doing, save lives. Violence knows no boundaries. It is present in all aspects of society.
On October 29 in Dayton, an interfaith planning team is sponsoring a day-long conference to equip people of faith with information about domestic violence & human trafficking and how they can faithfully respond by moving from complacency to action; thereby, creating communities of peace and non-violence. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Ohio Representative Teresa Fedor – primary sponsor of human trafficking legislation in the State of Ohio. The conference features a panel of faith leaders, the latest information on domestic violence and human trafficking in Dayton, Ohio, the United States and around the globe, dynamic workshops and action plan design. People of faith and others are urged to attend.
Workshops to Choose from:
How to Involve Men - Involving men is key to addressing human trafficking and domestic violence. This workshop deals with cultural norms and behaviors that perpetuate the abuse of women and children. It also covers how to engage men and boys in changing these norms and behaviors.
Tools for Equipping Religious Leaders - Religious leaders play an important role in the prevention of and intervention in cases of domestic violence and human trafficking. This workshop will provide hands on resources that can be applied in local congregations by faith leaders who want to make a difference on these two topics.
- Impact on Children -Children and youth are also victims of violence in our community and many have experienced sexual and emotional abuse. Attendees will learn how faith communities can respond and better protect children and youth, as well as how faith communities can work in partnership with other institutions, specifically, school systems, to reduce violence.
- Legislative and Laws Panel - Have you ever wondered what state and local laws say about human trafficking and domestic violence-or do they say anything? Come hear the Honorable Gregory F. Singer, judge with Montgomery County Courts, and Melinda Sykes, Director, Children’s Initiatives with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, discuss what laws are on the books and how they are enforced to protect our citizens.
- Responders to Human Trafficking / Domestic Violence - Who are those persons/agencies in our community that assist victims of human trafficking or domestic violence? A panel of experts will discuss how local and state police, prosecutors and courts investigate and prosecute human trafficking and domestic violence cases, the challenges with the identification and investigation of the cases and proposed strategies for overcoming the barriers to investigation and prosecution. Social service providers will share information on how they support and care for survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.