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"Human Trafficking at Home and Abroad" will be addressed by international expert, Cindy Dyer, director of the human rights division of Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C. Dyer will speak on August 4, at 1:30 p.m., in the Nazareth College Shults Community Center Forum, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. It is free and open to the public.
Trafficking, the modern enslavement of men, women and children, and its impact on its victims, particularly women, will be the focus of Dyer's lecture. This problem is one of global magnitude, is cross-cultural and also hidden in the fabric of American society. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers.
The United States is no exception. "It's sad but true," the FBI states, "here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves." It is widely described as one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Most recently human trafficking marked Rochester and made headlines in our local media, underscoring the importance of Dyer's visit and her presentation in Rochester.
In her capacity as Vice President of Human Rights at Vital Voices, Dyer travels internationally speaking and directing conferences related to the health and rights of women. Vital Voices is a non-governmental organization that is committed to improving the lives of women worldwide. Dyer is particularly concerned with ending crimes against women, educating others of their victimization, and empowering women with the lifelong tools they need for success.
Prior to joining Vital Voices, Dyer was director of the Office on Violence Against Women for the U.S. Department of Justice and earlier, a domestic violence prosecutor in Texas for thirteen years. She served on the Public Policy Committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence, as well as, manning a hotline for battered women for nine years.
This is the third in the summer lecture series of 2012 sponsored by The 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum, co-sponsored by the Peace and Social Services Committee of the Farmington Friends Meeting, the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Sisters of Mercy Justice Group, and Nazareth College. The presentation is also funded in part by the New York Council for the Humanities.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.