April 16, 2018—In honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE will host “Human Sex Trafficking: A Survivor’s Story” with Shandra Woworuntu on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:00 p.m. at 1st Floor Conference Center, 2 Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ.
Shandra Woworuntu is an international advocate and leader in the fight against human trafficking. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against their will.
Ms. Woworuntu is a compelling speaker in raising awareness about human rights, training professionals and lecturing to students across the country and internationally. A survivor of human trafficking who escaped her traffickers in 2001, Ms. Woworuntu co-founded Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program (mentariusa.org) whose mission is to empower survivors to reintegrate into the community and live independently. Ms. Woworuntu is a commissioner on human trafficking for the state of New Jersey and appointed by President Obama to the first U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.
“We are so honored to have Shandra Woworuntu share her personal story with us and bring the egregious crime of human sex trafficking into the light while supporting survivors,” says YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou. “The statistics on human trafficking are staggering, with estimates of 19,000 people brought to the U.S. each year to be trafficked. Many are poor, but even educated women and men, too, old and young, have been exploited by this unconscionable illegal trade. At healingSPACE, our mission is to empower survivors of all forms of sexual violence and create a safe community for all through education, training, and awareness. An event like this is so important because when survivors share their stories, both healing and awareness grow.”
Human Sex Trafficking: A Survivor’s Story with Shandra Woworuntu is free and open to the public. Register at yw_hs_humantrafficking.eventbrite.com or by contacting Leela Kingman Ortiz at 201-881-1760.
The event will also be covered live on Twitter #SAAMHumanTrafficking at twitter.com/YWBergen.
About YWCA Bergen County
YWCA Bergen County (ywcabergencounty.org) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The organization is the area’s largest provider of childcare services, a recognized leader in health and fitness programs, and operator of healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center. Celebrating nearly a century of commitment to the community, today YWCA Bergen County improves the lives of thousands of women, girls, and families with the generous support of its donors (ywcabergencounty.org/get-involved/donategive). Follow YWCA Bergen County on Facebook (@YWCABergenCounty), Twitter (@YWBergen), Instagram (ywca_bc), and LinkedIn.