Free Community Forum on Human Trafficking

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Tampa teens, their parents and other concerned citizens are invited to a FREE educational and interactive forum on human trafficking, an issue that is directly impacting the Tampa Bay community. The event is to be held on Wednesday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Barksdale Adult Activity Center, 1801 North Lincoln Avenue in Macfarlane Park.

The forum is sponsored by the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, a program of the City of Tampa that allows local teens to develop their leadership skills and apply them through various service projects and workshops, which include planning and hosting community forums about pertinent issues.

Community members will hear from an array of experts who will provide a deeper understanding of the impact and implications of human trafficking in the legal system, treatment and experiences of survivors, and local and federal legislation combating human trafficking. Speakers will be interviewed by youth council members before they answer questions directly from the audience in a panel discussion. Finally, community members will have the chance to browse organizations combating human trafficking and have multiple opportunities to take immediate action.

Organizations involved include: Loving You Where You Are At, The Salvation Army, Healing Root Ministry Inc., and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Light refreshments provided.

For more information, please contact Molly Biebel, Youth Development Coordinator, at 813-274-5909, or via email at

For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Bauman, Marketing & Communications Director

(813) 274-8262