February 05, 2015

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Robert J. Benz  

Telephone: 702.523.4845

Email: rbenz@fdfi.org

Faith Institutions Seek Solutions To Human Trafficking

Nationwide Launch Event March 14th 

(Atlanta, GA – February 2, 2015) Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) announced the development of a program to help faith-based institutions and community leaders address human trafficking. The program will be launched with a public event in Atlanta, Georgia at Big Bethel AME Church on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11am. 

The Faith + Community initiative is a companion to FDFI’s Globalize 13 curriculum for secondary schools. Both initiatives utilize the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment (December 6, 2015) to focus attention on the existence of human trafficking or modern-day slavery in communities across the country. FDFI will work with anti-trafficking stakeholders in various locations to create human trafficking training workshops for faith leaders in places of worship. Faith leaders will, in turn, educate their congregations and communities, especially the youth, using a faith–framed curriculum. Learning about the problem is followed by action and awareness initiatives in the community. 

"The 13th Amendment ended legal slavery, but we know that various forms of modern slavery remain a plague in communities everywhere,” said Rev Nawanna Lewis Miller, Founding Director of The Institute for Christian Discipleship, Inc. “Faith leaders play a critical leadership role in the prevention of human trafficking as well as helping to facilitate early intervention. We have defeated slavery before. With the help of God, we will defeat it again.” 

For this program launch, FDFI is collaborating with non-profit organizations, government agencies, law enforcement officials and others to develop a human trafficking response protocol specifically for Georgia faith institutions. “We’re looking forward to partnering with faith leaders across the state of Georgia and providing support as we face human trafficking together,” added Camila Wright, Assistant Attorney General, state of Georgia. 

“Historical Big Bethel AME Church is pleased to host the launch of the Faith + Community initiative,” says Rev. Dr. John Foster, Senior Pastor. “I invite faith leaders throughout Georgia to join us along with all those who find a calling in their hearts to confront this issue.”  

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives is an Atlanta-based public charity whose founders include the direct descendants of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. FDFI has developed and implemented human trafficking education programs in U.S. schools since 2008. For more information contact Robert Benz at 702-523-4845 or email rbenz@fdfi.org

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