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The Gather Together 2020 Trafficking Awareness Event

The event is, firstly, a gathering of the community of faith in our area and we will be gathering to pray for our community at large.  There will be presentations from local experts representing the CT Department of Children and Families, law enforcement, and a powerful testimony from a survivor leader.   There will be a resource table and the event will conclude with a community service project that will benefit trafficking survivors.

Please feel free to contact Marjorie Crosley with any questions (marjoriecrosley@gmail.com).

We want as many church leaders from the Greater Bridgeport area to attend and encourage and invite church members to come with you and bring back the information from the seminar to your congregation.

* The material presented is appropriate for teens and we invite youth and youth ministry leaders to attend.
Gather Together 2020 Partners

The Underground Ministry – CT (theundergroundct.org) is about bringing the faith-based community together to stand in the gap for trafficked victims in Connecticut.

The Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) (peht.org) is a Greenwich based organization also working to raise awareness and support the establishment and ongoing support of a residential recovery and rehabilitation program for women survivors of sexual trafficking.

Church of the Apostles, Pastor Brian Murphy, Bridgeport, CT
Salem Lutheran Church, Pastor Marjo Anderson, Bridgeport, CT
Christ Presbyterian Church, Pastor Andrew Holbrook, Bridgeport, CT

STATISTICS
  • 26% of the world’s trafficking victims are children. (source: International Labour Organization)
  • 210 referrals to CT DCF of child trafficking in 2018. (source: DCF HART Data 2019)
  • Bridgeport has reported the most child trafficking referrals in the last 4 out of 5 years of data collection (Source: the Underground, ct)
  • Domestic child sex trafficking is not just an urban problem – (Source: Polaris)
  • 1 in 6 U.S. runaways in 2014 were likely victims of child sex trafficking. (source: National Center for Exploited Children)

To Register: please email:  theundergroundct@gmail.com
For an event flyer, click here.

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