The one-day conference's goal is to educate the public on the local problem of human trafficking and real world solutions to this growing issue.
The summit takes place Oct. 19, and will include 14 national and local leaders for 10 sessions to discuss how to identify both sex and labor trafficking, what community members can do to make a difference, and how their impact can help make Austin a slave-free city.
“Many people don’t know that human trafficking is a problem in their city, their connection to it, or what they can do about it, " said said John Nehme, CEO of Allies Against Slavery. "We hope the Free Austin Summit becomes an annual event where people can learn about how to use their unique sphere of influence to eradicate modern day slavery. With the success of the last two years of Free Austin events, we know the public wants to know more and learn how to make Austin a Slave Free City.”
This event is part of the citywide campaign called Free Austin, which occurs all over the city on October 18 through October 25 and brings together over 20 organizations.
All events are open to the public, and many are family friendly. For more information on Free Austin visit www.freeaustin.org. You can also follow Allies Against Slavery on Twitter at @alliesctx or on Facebook.
From the KVUE archives, click the player below to see Allies Against Slavery CEO John Nehme define human trafficking, discuss where it can be found, and why Austin and the rest of the world are focusing more attention and resources at fighting it.
Click here to see part two.