Women’s Organizations Facing Human Trafficking | Local News

VALDOSTA – Women’s organizations in South Georgia are working together to combat human trafficking.

The Metropolitan Valdosta-Lowndes Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women is collaborating with the local Divine Nine Sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. once again to raise awareness and end human trafficking.

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, the organizations are hosting the second part of their collaborative forum on human trafficking virtually, representatives said in a statement.

The keynote speaker is survivor, author and motivational speaker Sandra Maria Anderson, as well as special guest speaker, educator and NCNW member Sandy Alcidonice-Whitfield.

“To further support the Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Initiative, we must not be silent about the things that matter. We are educating ourselves about this growing problem and doing what it takes to protect vulnerable victims. “This collaboration is about showing unity to focus on the growing problems of human trafficking. We come together as a team and work with the community to end it,” said Amelia Roberson, President of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Section, Zeta Sigma Zeta Graduate Section.

“We focus on prevention through programs targeting at-risk communities, particularly our community. We seek to prevent human trafficking before it happens, and through programs to raise awareness and community investment, we remain committed to helping individuals distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships, identify signs and situations that may put them at risk of sexual exploitation, and recognize the recruitment tactics used by traffickers. want individuals to know how to access support resources if they are concerned about exploitation in their own lives or the lives of their friends,” said Valdosta-Lowndes NCNW Metropolitan Chapter President Dr. Jamie Foster-Hill .

To further support the initiative, members of all the collaborative organizations donated toiletries and feminine products to the local battered women’s shelter, The Haven.

Valerie Bryant, President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Eta Omega Chapter, said, “During our 114-year history, we have partnered with local, regional and international communities to address critical issues related to women. and girls. Given that human trafficking disproportionately affects women and girls, it is indeed a critical issue. As women in the African Diaspora, we are particularly sensitive to human trafficking as a form of modern slavery. We can’t help but wonder how this form of slavery still exists in America. We worked together to confront this horror. Queen does not compete, we collaborate to serve.”

“This collaboration is the culmination of the strength and unity of each of our organizations to educate our communities on awareness and prevention measures surrounding human trafficking. We want others to know what resources are available to help with this issue,” said Elnora J. Hill, President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Valdosta Alumni Chapter.

All organizations have served or continue to serve in ways that support the local battered women’s shelter, and bringing all organizations together for this initiative further strengthens the support these organizations are called upon to provide, representatives said.

Jarmisha Hudson, President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Kappa Psi Sigma Chapter, added, “It is a humbling experience to be a blessing to one but powerful to be a blessing to many. This collaboration is just the beginning.

“Having these strong women who are survivors of human trafficking as speakers puts everything into perspective as we work together to bring these difficult conversations to the fore. Working with other powerful organizations such as the Divine Nine Sororities shows that we are serious about bringing more awareness, resources and ending human trafficking,” said Sharah’ Denton, National Equity Chair Health from NCNW.

The event is free, but registration is required at: tinyurl.com/eventbriteforum. For more information, contact Denton or Foster-Hill at [email protected]

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