The University of Central Oklahoma’s chapter of the American Democracy Project and the Volunteer and Service Learning Center will present a week of events to educate students, faculty and staff about human trafficking Feb. 17-21.
“The ADP is dedicated to bring political and societal issues into focus for our students and the community through education, dialogue and action. Human trafficking is a human rights issue that affects innocent people around the world, an ugly reality that many of us would like forget,” said Janelle Grellner, professor of psychology at Central and ADP adviser.
“These events allow faculty, staff, students and the community to consider the ethical and political ramifications of human rights violations in our society, both local and international.”
A panel discussion on human trafficking will be 11 a.m. Feb. 18 in the W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, Room 106.
Guests include Lori Basey, co-founder of No Boundaries International, an Oklahoma nonprofit focused on eradicating human trafficking; Mike Snowden, 30-year law enforcement veteran and agent in the Human Trafficking Division for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs; and Brian Bates of JohnTV, who works to bring attention to street prostitution in Oklahoma City.
Additionally, students, faculty and staff are invited to donate care package items to sex trafficking victims throughout the week and the entire month of February.
No Boundaries International will collect hand lotion, gloves, ear warmers, scarves, socks, underwear, bottled water, non-perishable foods and a variety of other items. A complete list of needs can be found online at www.uco.edu/adp. Donations may be made at the VSLC office, located in the Nigh University Center, Room 212.
Additional Human Trafficking Week events include:
• Information Booth, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 17, Nigh University Center, ground floor: Learn about human trafficking, drop off donations for No Boundaries International and test your knowledge about the issue.
• “Flesh,” 1-10 p.m. Feb. 19 and 3-10 p.m. Feb. 20, Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning: “Flesh” is a documentary about human trafficking in the U.S. The film will be shown throughout both days.
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