First Presbyterian Church of Charleston (First Presby) is hosting a free community-wide Human Trafficking Awareness Event on April 24, at 6:30pm. Whether it be familial trafficking, due in part to the opioid epidemic, or cyber bullying and internet stalking, our youth are being targeted. The purpose of the event is to provide awareness and education on how this directly affects our students and community and what we can do to stand together against the sex trafficking industry.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the main Sanctuary at First Presby:
The evening’s format will consist of three specific segments each beginning with a performance piece and followed by a speaker. Segment One is A Victim’s Story: explaining how victims end up in this situation; Segment Two is A Pimp’s Story: exploring the thoughts and methods behind the predators and how they specifically target using the internet; and Segment Three is A Survivor’s Story: a story of healing to a thriving life with insight as to how the community can be a part of this and help bring hope and change. The evening’s speakers will be Angie Conn, She Who Dares survivor leader and advocate; Dr. Kerr, WVU/CAMC Behavioral Health Medicine, mental health on human trafficking; and Trooper Rachel Gross, West Virginia State Police Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety expert. Theatrical vignettes from the musical Sins of Savior written by Amanda Bridgette will be presented by local actors and musicians.
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Dining Room at First Presby:
Following the event, a resource and information reception will be given with opportunity for one-on-one discussion with subject experts: Dr. Patrick L. Kerr, WVU/CAMC Behavioral Health Medicine, mental health on human trafficking; Bob Lesley, Department of Homeland Security, Assistant Attorney General Office; Trooper Gross, WV State Police Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety expert; Angie Conn, She Who Dares survivor leader and advocate; and Trudi Blaylock, Juvenile Justice PSI Med. Youth Service System, Foster Care, Runaway, Homeless Youth. Light refreshments will be provided.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
First Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Virginia Street and Leon Sullivan. There is parking in our main church lot on Leon Sullivan and an auxiliary parking lot on Virginia Street.