Saturday, March 19, 2011

Human Trafficking: the challenge to the faith community in NI

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On the back of a conference addressing human trafficking in Northern Ireland, Contemporary Christianity will be holding their monthly In Conversation event in East Belfast on Tuesday night.

Human Trafficking: the challenge to the faith community in Northern Ireland
The Mount Conference Centre, 2 Woodstock Link, Belfast - Tuesday 22 March 2011 at 7.30pm

Dr Lauran Bethell is an international consultant on the issue of Human Trafficking. Over twenty years ago she went to Thailand with an American Baptist mission agency to teach in a mission school but quickly became involved in the rescue and care of young women who have been exploited and abused. She pioneered projects in Thailand and directed a centre for ‘at risk’ girls. The New Life Centre has received international recognition and awards for its work. Lauran’s main concern is to initiate and encourage new grass-roots projects, particularly among churches and Christian groups, addressing the exploitation and abuse of women and children.

Blue Blindfold Campaign looking at human trafficking

The daytime conference is sponsored by The Department of Justice under their Blue Blindfold Campaign, and facilitated by the Irish Baptist Network. As well as Lauran Bethell, participants will include representatives from PSNI, Migrant Help, Women's Aid NI and others from the community, voluntary and faith sectors.

Conference places are now full. However, the evening event at 7.30pm with Dr Lauran Bethell is free, open to the public, and no registration is necessary.

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