Take Action Against Human Trafficking

istock-467245670Did you know? The global market for child trafficking is more than $12 billion a year. The most common recruiting area is within a social circle. Atlanta was named by the FBI as one of 14 US cities with the highest rate of children used in human trafficking.

Chris Cox, chair of Dunwoody UMC's Human Trafficking committee, learned these facts and more when she was the Social Action chair for the UMW. She said, "Human Trafficking was the UMW Social Action project for 2016. I threw myself into the project and decided we needed to not only do something bigger than make "toiletry kits" but we also needed to expand awareness to the community. In 2016, the church hosted the first Awareness Seminar to educate attendees on the extent and atrocity of human trafficking right in our neighborhoods. Though the UMW topic for the following year shifted to another cause, I did not let my interest in Human Trafficking end. Human Trafficking is now a project supported by DUMC Missions with a committee comprised of passionate enthusiastic members."

While the 2016 event was successful in that it educated attendees on Human Trafficking, an additional goal of the 2018 Human Trafficking Forum is to encourage attendees to take action. The 2018 Forum will include keynote speakers Amanda Gulli from the FBI and Mary Frances Bowley, executive director of Wellspring Living, and an open dialogue will be encouraged. Co-chairs Diane Crouch and Lee Smith have designed the evening to include texting Q&A and information/action tables from various organizations throughout Atlanta. Attendees will be invited to sign up to volunteer at future outreach programs and will walk away a clear idea of how they can combat Human Trafficking.

Co-chair Diane Crouch said, "Creating awareness and education is the first step to solving a problem. Human Trafficking is happening right here. It is not in some distant land or other side of Atlanta. We need to take action."

The committee plans to take interest from the forum and channel it into a year of programs designed to fight Human Trafficking. Cox said, "Our hope is that our church community stays involved, helping to minimize the effect of trafficking in our community and also helping the young people that become victims."

Join us for the Human Trafficking Forum, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Childcare is available. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Worship Times

Contemporary Service
8:45 a.m. Fellowship Hall

Morning Prayer & Communion Service
8:45 a.m. Sanctuary

Traditional Service
11:05 a.m. Sanctuary

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