NAC was happy to partner with the District of Columbia Baptist Convention in presenting the conference. DCBC and NAC both are members of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and Rev. Andre Towner, DCBC's Minister to Engaging Communities, is a member of NAC's Advisory Board.
Participants received an overview of human trafficking (both sex and labor) in the U.S. and overseas. Two panels focused separately on sex trafficking and labor trafficking and will include survivors of trafficking, policy experts and advocates. Participants also heard from Members of Congress and learn what they - as people of faith and the general public - can do in their districts to most effectively lobby on important issues, like human trafficking.
Our 2018 bi-partisan congressional co-sponsors were:
Our speakers included:
Watch video of Good Shepherd Sisters combating sex trafficking in Thailand.
We have reached capacity.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Boxed lunch included
10:00 am - 1:30 pm Conference
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Congressional Advocacy Visits
The conference was held in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Room HVC-200 (on the House side). Advance registration was required due to room size constraints and because we prearranged the Congressional visits.
The conference was free and registration closed when we reached capacity.
Participants had to present a government-approved ID with the same name with which they registered.
Here is a map of the Visitor Center and ways to get to the U.S.Capitol. Please make note of the prohibited items, which include food and bottled water.
Here is a map of Capitol Hill and area metro stops and parking.
Shine the Light
Shine the Light on the perpetrators.
Shine the Light on the survivors & their hope.
They have broken the chains of bondage.
Now we are linked together to end trafficking.
Shine the Light was the name of the National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd’s first conference on human trafficking. This conference brought together Good Shepherd Sisters and their Mission Partners, other people of faith, Members of Congress, congressional staffers, policymakers, survivors and advocates for a morning of education and an afternoon of advocacy.
The conference targeted those who wanted to learn more and understand how trafficking occurs and those who are immersed in the issue of human trafficking and who wanted to increase their network and meet with legislators. All were invited to advocate and there was time dedicated at the end of the conference for those who needed tips on meeting with Members of Congress.
Held on Tuesday, May 15 the conference ran from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm in a conference room at the U.S. Capitol and then broke for congressional visits for the remainder of the afternoon. The visits were arranged by NAC on behalf of the participants.