"Human Trafficking In Your Own Backyard"

Dr. Courtney Gaskins, Youth For Tomorrow

Soroptimist International of Manassas' presented a symposium to raise awareness of human trafficking in our local community.  Our expert panel: Dr. Courtney Gaskins, Director of Program Services, Youth For Tomorrow, Laura Glasscock, Director of ACTS/SAVAS, Detective Michelle Nemerow, Prince William County Police Department and Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Gang Intervention and Sex Offender Program Coordinator, Multicultural Clinical Center updated the audience in this growing crime where gangs target young girls in our community for sex trafficking. They explained how traffickers recruit their victims and keep them enslaved, the need for stronger anti-trafficking laws and the challenges in healing the trauma suffered by trafficking victims.  The panel discussion was followed by a question and answer period.