GSSEM’s next Moxie Talks is going to be another great opportunity for girls in grades 9-12 to learn from professional women for an inspirational talk and one-on-one mentoring. The theme of this Talk will be: Advocacy & Awareness of Human Trafficking.
Human trafficking, believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world, is a form of human slavery. Human trafficking includes forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sex trafficking. It's a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies the freedom of 20.9 million people around the world. No matter where you live, chances are it's happening nearby. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.
The following Moxie Talks speakers are certified by the State of Michigan to speak on Human Trafficking:
Whaley Children’s Center
Schlinker works for a residential treatment facility located in Flint called Whaley Children's Center. She has been involved with the Junior League of Flint for seven years and is actively involved with their SPAC committee (State Public Affairs Committee). The League’s focus during the last couple of years has been human trafficking and foster care. They have worked with local legislators and politicians to advocate for laws related to human trafficking. Schlinker has attended national conferences and spoke with similar agencies to create programs and victim services. She has spoken with survivors and trainers to see where work needs to be done and believes this is something that needs more attention, and education and awareness is where it begins.
Weiss Child Advocacy
McClure is the Safe Sleep Prevention and Human Trafficking Coordinator at the Weiss Child Advocacy Center where she teaches expectant mothers and childcare workers about how to put babies to sleep safely and reduce the risks of infant death. In her role as Human Trafficking Coordinator, she gives presentations to churches, school groups, and clubs to raise awareness about the issue of Human Trafficking. McClure’s current position led her to become a member of the Genesee County Human Trafficking Task Force where she is empowered to continually learn more about this issue and how to protect youth from this modern day form of slavery.
Moxie events like this one are sponsored by GSSEM, Michigan Women's Foundation and Women Officials Network Foundation. In addition to providing fascinating subject matter, Moxie Talks also offer the perfect opportunity to get help narrowing your Gold Award topic and receive great one-one-one feedback from adult mentors! Remember: ATTEND 3 MOXIE TALKS EVENTS & GET $75 TOWARD YOUR GOLD AWARD PROJECT! To register, go to gssem.org/moxie.