Heidelberg to host Human Trafficking Awareness Week

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Heidelberg University is planning a series of presentations the week of Jan. 28 to bring light to the issue, including two keynotes by a survivor of human traffic and a human rights educator and anti-human trafficking advocate.

Jan. 28, Heidelberg is to host two presentations by Anthony Talbott, a political science professor at the University of Dayton who is teaching the first undergraduate course on human trafficking.

Talbott is a credentialed Not For Sale Campaign, Citizen Investigator of human trafficking and a founding member of Abolition Ohio, the Miami Valley’s Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition. Also, he serves on the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission and works closely with various other anti-human trafficking agencies around the state. He speaks regularly on issues dealing with human trafficking throughout Ohio and the Midwest.

Talbott is to present “Labor Trafficking: Supply Chains and Consumer Responsibility” at 3 p.m. in the Shedenhelm Education Center. His keynote address is to be at 6 p.m. in Wickham Great Hall. The title/topic is “Sex Trafficking Prevention: Awareness, Education and Advocacy.”

Jan. 31, human trafficking survivor Lindsay (whose last name is not revealed for privacy reasons) is to share “My Story: Breaking My Silence” at 6 p.m. in The University Commons.

Lindsay was trafficked for seven years and has been free for nearly two years. Her first year free was spent with Sisters in Shelter and since then, she has moved into her own place and become a full-time student. Living life again hasn’t been the easiest for Lindsay, as she deals with PTSD and trauma while still living in fear. She credits her support system for their great care.

All of the events in Heidelberg’s Human Trafficking Awareness Week series are free and open to the public. For more information, contact organizer Kristen K. Williams at kwillia3@heidelberg.edu.