On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men of Frankfort District joined together to present a symposium entitled “Understanding Human Trafficking: From Awareness to Action”. It was held at Frankfort First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, KY.
One hundred twenty clergy and church leaders from across Kentucky attended. Forty churches were represented.
The program featured expert speakers addressing what it is, how to recognize the signs, ways we can help, law enforcement perspectives, laws and legal issues, and the impact on victims. The afternoon session was a panel discussion answering questions from the audience moderated by Mr. Jack Brammer, Frankfort Bureau Chief, of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
We also had exhibit booths highlighting the anti-trafficking work of various organizations.
All monies collected in excess of expenses will be donated to aid the victims of human trafficking. Well over 100 “carpet bags” were made by local UMWomen and donations of personal hygiene and toiletry items were collected. These were given to the Human Trafficking Program, Catholic Charities, Louisville.