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  FAU’s College of Nursing Hosts Workshop on Modern-Day Slavery in South Florida

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 23, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is hosting a workshop that will focus on modern-day slavery in South Florida.  The workshop, titled “The Many Faces of Human Trafficking,” will be held on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in FAU’s social science building, room 250, Boca Raton campus.  The program is free and open to the public.   

            Special guest speakers Nola Theiss, co-chair of the Lee County Florida Task Force on Human Trafficking, and Robert Schwartz, an instructor with the Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI) at St. Petersburg College in Florida, will give details on how slavery in South Florida goes unrecognized and under reported with few arrests and prosecutions of its perpetrators.  Workshop topics include human trafficking in southeast Florida, the role of law enforcement, the politics of slavery, and what individuals and communities can do to identify and combat this violent and under-reported crime.  Participants of the workshop are encouraged to learn how to recognize modern-day slavery and find ways to combat its presence in the community. 

            Theiss is a former mayor of Sanibel Island, member of the Zonta Club of Sanibel Island, and president and CEO of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships.  She conducts training on human trafficking and community initiatives to combat modern-day slavery throughout Florida and beyond.  Theiss has presented at conferences in the United States, the Bahamas and Australia.  She has published numerous articles on the issue of human trafficking. 

            Schwartz retired in 2005 after having spent over 22 years with the Atlantic City Police Department and 27 years as a law enforcement officer.  He served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic City Women’s Center, a full-service social service organization providing assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Schwartz holds the distinction of being the first and only law enforcement officer to hold a position on the Center’s Board.  He is an instructor with the RCPI at St. Petersburg College.

            Pre-registration for the workshop is requested, as space is limited.  Registration information is available at www.floridaslavery.org or by emailing contact@floridaslavery.org. 

            FAU’s College of Nursing is hosting the program in cooperation with the Institute for Universal Human Rights, Inc. and the RCPI.  Funding for the program is provided in part through the RCPI and a grant from the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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