Human Trafficking Event Flyer

News Release



CONTACT:     Paula Jones


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. – Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapter hosts Human Trafficking Awareness Public Forum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (October 23, 2015) – Shelby County (TN) Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will shine a light on the horrors of human trafficking at a public forum on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church located at 7289 Highway 64 Bartlett, TN. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings mainly for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. It is a horrific crime against humanity on a local and global level. Mostly young girls— are trafficked and fall victim to this exploitation. We want you to join us for an afternoon to hear about we are affected right here in Shelby County.  The FBI, Memphis Police Department Sex Crimes Unit, US Attorney’s Office of Ed Stanton and other community resource vendors will be on site.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Consisting of a sisterhood of more than  200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority  currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan  (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas  and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust:

Economic Development

Educational Development

International Awareness and Involvement

Physical and Mental Health

Political Awareness and Involvement

The Sorority was founded January 13, 1913, by 22 students at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.  The Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. provides public service in the areas of Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Cordova, Eads, Fisherville, Germantown, Lakeland, Millington & Southeast Shelby County. The award-winning chapter was chartered on April 25, 2009, and has awarded over $50,000.00 in scholarships since 2011. For more about Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. visit us at

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“Setting Captives Free” Human Trafficking Awareness Conference – Friday, August 8, 2014

We would like to invite you, your organization, and your departments to come to our “Setting Captives Free” Human Trafficking Awareness Conference.

Where will the training be held?  The training will be held at the Tennsco Community Center, 115 Tennsco Drive, Dickson, TN 37055.  There is plenty of free parking.  Registration and continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 am and training will begin promptly at 8:00 am and end at 5:15 pm.

Who should attend the training?  This is training is for first responders, medical and legal personal, social workers, the faith-based community, advocacy groups, and those wanting to learn more about Human Trafficking.

What will be offered at the training?  Not only will you be able to network with professionals in the anti-trafficking movement; (8) contact hours for professionals; (8) hours POST certification for TN law enforcement. The registration fee is $70 per person, which includes continental breakfast, all conference and training materials, and certificate.

Who will be there?  You will hear from specialists in the anti-trafficking movement, such as: TBI; Internet Crimes against Children Division; the Center for Missing & Exploited Children; law enforcement; rescue teams; first responders; advocates; and survivors.

What will be covered?  Sessions will include: human trafficking 101; victim identification; pimp culture; the impact of human trafficking; TN anti-trafficking efforts; the demand of human trafficking; the role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking efforts; missing and exploited children;  ritual abuse; and questioning techniques; case studies; laws; and you will be part of a very interactive training & discussion.

How do I register? There are two ways to register:  (1) online at and look up by conference name “Setting Captives Free” Human Trafficking Awareness Training or (2) mail registration to A Bridge of Hope, P.O. Box 3960, Cordova, TN 38088.  For more information, please contact Kimberly Benson, at A Bridge of Hope at (901) 487-6577 or via email at


Where do we stay?  For those traveling from out of town, we have arranged a special rate for $79/night at the Comfort Inn, located at 1085 East Christie Drive, Dickson, TN  37055 (615) 740-1000 (mention you are with the “Setting Captives Free” Human Trafficking Awareness Conference).

**Please forward this to any and all people that you feel would benefit from this training.  The more people who know, the less who don’t.




Kimberly Benson

A Bridge of Hope

P.O. Box 3960

Cordova, TN  38088

(901) 487-6577


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