Stop Traffick Community Forum Planned for November

The YWCA of Gettysburg, Middle East Justice and Peace Group of South Central PA, United Lutheran Seminary and Survivors Inc. are sponsoring Stop Traffic, a free community forum to raise awareness about human trafficking 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in Valentine Hall at United Lutheran Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg.

Stepanka Korytova, director of the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking in South Central PA, will be speaking about trafficking and the work her students at York College of Pennsylvania, Millersville University and Penn State-Berks are doing on the topic during the event.

To register for the event, email Kara Ferraro at

Planned forum schedule: 

9:00 – 9:05: Welcome and Introductions

9:05 – 10:05: Dr. Stepanka Korytova “What is Human Trafficking”

Overview of human trafficking, industry statistics, different types of trafficking, stories.

10:05 – 10:15: Q&A

10:15 – 10:30: Break and vendor market

10:30 – 10:50: TED Talk by Noy Thrupkaew “Human Trafficking is All Around You”

10:50 – 11:50: Guest panel discussing trafficking in Adams County followed by Q&A

11:50 – 12:30: Lunch (provided for you) and vendor market

12:30 – 2:00: Survivors, Inc. training on “Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking”

Event details:

Keynote speaker: Dr. Stepanka Korytova, Director of the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking in South Central PA.

Dr. Korytova will discuss:

  • What human trafficking is
  • Statistics and types
  • How it has become a global phenomenon
  • Its impacts and stories

Panelists: Leighton Rice representing Adams County fruit growers, Dr. Susan Mapp of Elizabethtown College, and Terri Hamrick of Survivors, Inc. Each speaker will have about 15 minutes to speak, followed by a Q&A session. We intend to have both Chief Dougherty and Kristin Rice to field legal questions regarding human trafficking.

Leighton Rice will discuss:

  • Modern slavery in the global supply chain, statistics
  • Labor in Adams County, specifically in the agriculture/fruit growing sector
  • Hiring/recruitment practices and anti-trafficking efforts (if there are any)

Dr. Susan Mapp will discuss:

  • Addressing the demand/customer base
  • Public health issues
  • Information about victims – where do they go, who can help them

Terri Hamrick will discuss:

  • Local trafficking in our community
  • Signs and indicators that someone is being exploited
  • Share what Survivors, Inc. is and how you serve Adams County/South Central PA


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