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6th Annual A Better Tomorrow
March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6th Annual A Better Tomorrow: Hope for Human Trafficking Symposium to Raise Awareness of the Realities of Trafficking in Indiana
Parents, Teens, Educators and Service Providers Encouraged to Attend Free Educational Event
Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, in partnership with A Better Tomorrow and The Leslie Anne Hulse Foundation will again host the 6th Annual A Better Tomorrow: Hope for Human Trafficking symposium on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 7-9:30 at Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, located at 10500 E. 126th Street, Fishers, Ind. The free event is being held in order to raise awareness regarding the connections between human trafficking and exploitation in the community and educate students and their parents as to how they can help keep children in central Indiana safe.
There were at least 178 known cases of human trafficking in Indiana in 2016 and while numbers of trafficked individuals appeared to go down in 2017, exploitation is increasing with young children targeted. The Hope for Human Trafficking event will allow attendees to gain firsthand knowledge from service providers, law enforcement, justice and advocacy agencies on how to recognize and prevent exploitation and domestic sex trafficking of minors. Attendees will also learn how to identify specific characteristics about those who may be targeted, and assist in reducing the demand for commercial sex. The event was the brainchild of Lauren Baney, a recent Masters of Public Health graduate from Indiana University. Ms. Baney currently works for the Monroe County Emergency Youth Shelter as a Clinical Case Manager and additionally as a Sexual Assault Prevention Speaker for Indiana University. Earlier this month, Baney was awarded a Jefferson Award for Public Service by the Students in Action organization of Fishers High School, where Baney graduated from in 2012.
The informational community concert will feature short presentations by law enforcement and experts interwoven with performances by student groups. Following the concert, students and their parents will have the opportunity to attend more in-depth breakout sessions, view the juried student art show sponsored by the Leslie Anne Hulse Foundation, see student presentations by the Fishers High School Students in Action Organization or visit with any of the agencies represented, including Ascent 121, The Leslie Anne Hulse Foundation, Prevail, The White Stone Project, Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program, The Salvation Army, Building a Refuge, and the Peyton Riekhof Foundation. Breakout sessions include:
- Protecting Students from Online Exploitation; Lt. Mike Johnson, Fishers Police Department
- How Porn Fuels Exploitation (and Changes Your Brain) Lauren Baney, MPH, Event Founder
- Trafficking in Indiana; Karen Maher, J.D. Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program
- A Faith Response to Trafficking; Pastor Brian Derrer, Christ the Savior Lutheran Church
The evening will wrap up with a boutique Fair Trade Fashion Show modeled by members of the Fishers Junior High School Girls Empowerment Movement.