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Bay Area organizations featured at FIGHT human trafficking conference

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The FIGHT Conference, May 2-4, 2014, at Mount Hermon conference center near Santa Cruz is assembling renowned keynote speakers and esteemed anti-trafficking organizations to empower modern abolitionists and engage Christian churches to defeat human trafficking. Presenters are coming from Washington, D.C., Seattle, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Yet half the seminars will be conducted by anti-trafficking experts from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Keynote speakers Eugene Cho and Justin McRoberts will bring their distinctive voices and visions to the cause of fighting injustice. Cho is the lead pastor of Quest Church in Seattle and the founder and executive director of One Day's Wages, “a movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.” McRoberts is a highly respected singer, songwriter, and speaker whose career and work are centered around hope, justice, and compassion.

The Bay Area, with its wealth of non-profit organizations and churches with impressive credentials in combating modern slavery and serving those harmed by it--both locally and globally--is also contributing to the conference's weighty seminar list. Of 18 seminars over two days, half of them will be presented by Bay Area authorities in the anti-trafficking fight.

Red Window Project, a Livermore-based non-profit that serves survivors of human trafficking in the Philippines, will present their unique, comprehensive, and innovative aftercare model that equips survivors for economic self-sufficiency in promising careers. The principles, process, and practices they employ at Red Window Project will help attendees understand how to help trafficking survivors achieve long-term success by empowering them to thrive.

Love Never Fails, a non-profit dedicated to the rehabilitation, education, and protection of youth involved in or at risk of commercial sexual exploitation is presenting two powerful seminars. One by Benita Hopkins, the organization's Education Director, will describe their Love Don't Hurt abuse prevention program for elementary through high school students to combat abuse of every kind, including sex trafficking.

Lover Never Fail's other seminar will be presented by the organization's Executive Director, Vanessa Scott. Her session will be a discussion of the critical roles of mentoring, job training, housing, and clinical services in the restoration of sex trafficking survivors.

The Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC) will also present two different seminars by two of the organization's leaders. Its Director of Partnerships, Brian Wo, will share about the unique landscape of the anti-trafficking movement in the Bay Area and how residents can engage in prevention, intervention, and aftercare initiatives.

Betty Ann Boeving, BAATC's Director, will present a provocative seminar entitled, "Sustaining the FIGHT for the Long Haul: a 10-year Perspective." In it, she will present how fighting injustices like human trafficking is a core part of a Christian's faith journey and how to sustain a commitment to it over "the long haul."

You can review the rest of the conference's speakers and seminars, including those by staff members from International Justice Mission, California Against Slavery, SAVN.tv, Dolores Park Church, Out of Egypt Network, The Grace Network, Made For Them, Kilns College, and WellSpring here.

The FIGHT Conference is at Mount Hermon's original site in the towering Santa Cruz mountains redwoods just six miles from Monterey Bay. Lodging and meals in a range of accommodations are available for the event that begins at 6 p.m. on May 2 and concludes at 12:30 p.m. on May 4. Information and registration can be found here: mounthermon.org/event/42

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