Second Annual Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Week November 7 to 14

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LEHIGH VALLEY, PA— From the United Nations to the Lehigh Valley, human trafficking is a reality that everyone has a duty to stop. To drive this message home, the Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking (LVAT) Collaborative will host its second annual Valley-wide anti-trafficking week November 7 to 14.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, controling and exploiting vulnerable individuals for profit. This exploitation transcends race, location, and socioeconomic classes as traffickers prey on the broken.

The LVAT Collaborative founding members include ASPIRE to Autonomy, Bethlehem Rotary, Bloom Bangor, Crime Victims Council, LVHN Street Medicine, Marsy’s Law, Truth For Women, and VAST (The Valley Against Sex Trafficking).This year Valley Youth House has joined the Collaborative against trafficking.

“Our mission is to abolish human trafficking in our community by building a united front to educate and equip our community to take action. In establishing a purposeful week of activities that include art, activism, compassion, and opportunity for understanding, we seek to cultivate a growing awareness to support those who are most vulnerable,” said Karen Hinkle of Crime Victims Council and Founding Board Member.

The week’s activities are wide-ranging and interactive:

Community Red Sand Project Kits will be distributed from October 24 to November 6. Pick up locations to be announced. 

Saturday, November 7:

Virtual Coffee House Conversation, 10 to 11 a.m.

  • Zoom link to be provided

Sunday, November 8:

Community Red Sand Projects

Monday, November 9:

Find the New Drug, virtual screening of Brain, Heart, World documentary and discussion, featuring The Brain, 6 to 7 p.m.

  • The Brain dives into the scientific research that illustrates the physiological and neurological harms pornography has on individuals
  • Zoom link to be provided

Tuesday, November 10:

Virtual Coffee House Conversation, 12 to 1 p.m.

  • Zoom link to be provided

Wednesday, November 11:

Find the New Drug, virtual screening of Brain, Heart, World documentary and discussion, featuring The Heart, 6 to 7 p.m.

  • The Heart explores pornography’s impacts on romantic relationships and on platonic relationships such as those with friends, family, and everyday interpersonal connections.
  • Zoom link to be provided

Thursday, November 12:

Virtual Coffee House Conversation, 1 to 2 p.m.

  • Zoom link to be provided
  • Community Red Sand Projects

Friday, November 13:

Find the New Drug, virtual screening of Brain, Heart, World documentary and discussion, featuring The World, 6 to 7 p.m.

  • The World highlights pornography’s impact on society, including porn’s inextricable connection to the global issue of sex trafficking.
  • Zoom link to be provided

Saturday, November 14:

Not for Sale, 7 to 8 p.m., a Zoom webinar of readings and musical performances by survivors of human trafficking and their allies, a powerful experience about survival and resilience.

 

Information provided to TVL by:
Sarah Cattin
Aspire to Autonomy, Inc.
http://pathtoautonomy.org/