CHESTERTOWN — Maryland has one of the highest rates of “domestic human trafficking in the nation,” according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and the Eastern Shore is not immune.
To provide education on this important issue across the Mid Shore, For All Seasons is sponsoring regional presentations, “Open Your Eyes: Human Trafficking Awareness and Education,” in the month of January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
The presentations are free and open to professionals working with the issue of human trafficking, such as social workers, healthcare workers and law enforcement.
Katharine Petzold, anti-human trafficking program coordinator at For All Seasons, and Cara Rose, special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, will present information about human trafficking — both sex and labor trafficking — its prevalence in the community and ways to recognize its red flags, according to a news release.
Presentations will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and breakfast will be served beforehand at 9:15 a.m. The presentations include the Kent County Public Library, Chestertown Branch, on Thursday, Jan. 9; the Queen Anne’s County Free Library, Centreville Branch, on Monday, Jan. 13; the Caroline County Public Library, Denton Branch, on Tuesday, Jan. 14; and the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge Branch, on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
In Talbot County, For All Seasons will be a contributing partner to Mid-Shore Behavioral Health’s sixth annual Sequential Intercept Mapping meeting. Speakers at this meeting include Petzold; Rose; Cpl. Chris Heid of the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit; Patrick Wynn, special agent with the FBI; and Julie Crain, founder and CEO of Harriet’s House.
This event will be held at Temple B’nai Israel in Easton from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration is limited, with Continuing Education Units provided to the first 40 individuals to sign up.
“These presentations, designed to shine a light on the often hidden and often misunderstood crime of human trafficking, will educate professionals on the reality of trafficking in our community. Through understanding and awareness, we can identify and better serve those who are at risk or may be involved in a trafficking situation. Come join us as a first step to creating a community free of trafficking,” Petzold said in a statement.
Limited seating will be available at each of the workshops. The cost is free to attend, and $25 if you sign up to receive three National Association of Social Workers CEUs at the Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Dorchester presentations.
To register for any of the workshops, visit forallseasonsinc.org to register or call 410-822-1018 ext. 219.