Dare County LWV announces human trafficking awareness program – OBX Today

 The League of Women Voters of Dare County announces a public program aimed at raising awareness about human trafficking, scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Waveriders Coffee, Deli & Market..

The League Lunch & Learn Public Program: Human Trafficking will feature Stephanie Benton, Resource Coordinator at Beloved Haven in Elizabeth City, NC. With over 12 years of experience in Juvenile Court Diversion Programs in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia, Stephanie will shed light on the issue of human trafficking specifically on the Outer Banks.

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation affect our community, and the League encourages its members and the public to attend this eye-opening event. Stephanie Benton will share stories that unveil the hidden crime occurring within our own neighborhoods. Human trafficking exploits society’s most vulnerable, using force, fraud, or coercion to trap victims into labor or commercial sexual exploitation.

The featured speaker, Stephanie Benton, has dedicated her career to education and outreach in Juvenile Court Diversion Programs. She currently serves as Resource Coordinator at Beloved Haven. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the prevalence of human trafficking and ways to combat this heinous crime.

Members of the League of Women Voters are urged to register for this essential program and are encouraged to bring friends. The event is open to the public, reflecting the League’s commitment to addressing critical issues within the community. For event registration, go to https://lwvdarenc.org/lwv-public-program/

About Beloved Haven

Beloved Haven, based in Elizabeth City, NC, is dedicated to combating human trafficking and providing support to victims. Stephanie Benton, Resource Coordinator, leads efforts in education and outreach to raise awareness about this pervasive issue in our communities. For more information about the work on behalf of Beloved Haven, please visit their website at https://belovedhaven.org.

League of Women Voters of Dare County is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to both men and women, and students are encouraged to join.