League Of Women Voters To Hold Hot Topics Luncheon

STOCKTON — The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County will hold a Hot Topics luncheon on March 21 at noon at the Stockton Hotel, 2 Stockton-Kimball Stand Road, Stockton.

The topic, Human Trafficking in Chautauqua County, will be discussed by Kelly Ziegler, family advocate with the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County, and Karen Yeversky, facilitator of Stewards of Children.

Human trafficking involves coercion and abduction of persons who may be sold into slavery for the purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labor, servitude, or the removal of organs. Sex trafficking in the United States is commonly misunderstood as consisting of bringing people here from other countries to work in the sex trade against their will. However, domestic human trafficking is an epidemic that targets our country’s young citizens as well as adults. While young victims of human trafficking are sometimes recruited for slave labor, most are forced to work as prostitutes. Human trafficking occurs in every state of our nation and in any neighborhood across socio-economic lines.

Ziegler is a family advocate with the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County. Ziegler has worked with youth and families in Chautauqua County for more than 10 years.

“My greatest passion is serving our community. I help my clients, who include children and families, to find healing, hope and justice,” she said.

Yeversky is a facilitator of Stewards of Children, a family advocate and a training coordinator with the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County. Yeversky has been working for the Child Advocacy Program since 2009 and has an extensive background working with youth and survivors of abuse. Karen was Director of Mission Meadows and also a domestic violence advocate for the Salvation Army Anew Center.

Lunch costs $15. Email reservations to Mary Croxton at mcroxton51@gmail or call 679-1774

For more information about the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County, visit www.lwvchautauqua.org or follow the organization on Facebook.