Faith and Justice Symposium

This year the Houghton College Center for Faith, Justice and Global Engagement will hold its second annual Faith and Justice Symposium. The symposium will focus on the topic of human trafficking, and particularly on strategies to combat the destruction that it brings.

2012 Symposium

Sept. 27 - Oct. 1

Trafficking Overview

Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry based on the principles of supply and demand, has been called the ’21st Century Abolitionist Movement’.  Global in its reach, human trafficking targets vulnerable people for labor and sexual exploitation.  To combat the problem, bold and holistic approaches are essential to stop the destruction of so many lives and families.  This Symposium will seek to explore and address the complexities of human trafficking from the programmatic and policy perspectives.

Symposium Media Center

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Archived Audio

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, September 27, 2012

World Music for Justice Coffee House Van Dyk Lounge
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Chris Heuretz - International Director, Word Made Flesh
Abolishing Human Trafficking: A Theological Perspective
Wesley Chapel
11:30 a.m.

Workshops         1:45-2:45 p.m. & 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Track 1: Perspectives on Human Trafficking
Chris Heuretz, Word Made Flesh
Faith and Justice as Essential Frameworks to Abolishing Trafficking
LIB 323
Nicole Wood, Department of Homeland Security
Responding to Human Trafficking: A Governmental Perspective
CHC 325
Renan Salgado, Worker Justice Center (Rochester, N.Y.)
From Global to Local—The Realities of Labor Trafficking in western New York
CHC 123
Track 2: Effective Strategies in Combating Human Trafficking
Jose Miguel and Luz Stella De Angulo, MAP International (Bolivia)
Best Practices in Prevention Programs: Linking Poverty, Health, Gender and the Sexual Exploitation of Children
CHC 331
Sergeant Blake Carlson, Phoenix Police Department
The Dimensions of Human Trafficking in a Border State: The Intersection of Crime Control and Immigration Policy
CHC 330
Kerry Battenfeld, International Institute of Buffalo
Communication and Education as Tools for Combating Trafficking
CHC 329
Workshop Speaker Reception Van Dyk Lounge
4:15 p.m.
Film & Response: Not My Life
United Nations Association Film Festival 2012.
A film about slavery in our time. A story about the way the world is. Not My Life is the first documentary film to depict the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale.
Wesley Chapel
8:00 p.m.
Informal Follow-up Discussion Java 101
10:00 p.m.

MONDAY, October 1, 2012

Commissioner Christine MacMillan
World Evangelical Alliance
When Justice is the Measure: Living Right while Righting Wrongs
Wesley Chapel
11:30 a.m.