The Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery continue their mission of providing awareness and education of current social justice issues to the Colorado Springs community.


Human Trafficking Prevention Series

Presented by Benet Hill Community for El Paso County 

This series is for you…
Parents, Grandparents, Coaches, Teachers, Counselors, Teens and Pre-teens

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This is a FREE series. Please help us with planning by registering online for one or more sessions.

 

Place: PPLD 21C, Venue Room, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colo. Spgs. Please PARK in the east parking lot.
Dates: Tuesday Evenings: January 22, 29, 2019
Monday Evenings: February 4,11, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm -8:15 pm
This event is not endorsed or affiliated with the Pikes Peak Library.

 

Do you know the extent of the Human Trafficking problem in El Paso County?   Experts say that human trafficking is expected to overtake illegal drug activity as the top illicit crime worldwide. There are nearly 21 million victims annually in what is a $32 billion industry. The internet and social media are fueling the rapid growth.

 

Knowledge is Power:
This series on human trafficking offers powerful information, education and tools for prevention of this crime in our families and communities.

 

Session 1 Tuesday, January 22: “Familial Trafficking in the US” ~ Kelly Dore, Survivor and Thriver

 

Session 2 Tuesday, January 29: “The Scope of Human Trafficking in our County”~Sunshyne Powell, MA, LPCC;
Department of Human Services, El Paso County;
Ted Talk: “Three Ways Businesses can fight Sex Trafficking”

 

Session 3 Monday, February 4: “A Call to Action: What the Military Can and Should Do About Sex Trafficking” ~
Dan O’Bryant, Attorney; Board of Directors of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

 

Session 4 Monday, February 11: “Protecting Our Precious Cargo” ~ Transportation Agencies: Truckers Against Trafficking, Molly Griffiths; Sherry Saehlenou, Airline Ambassador “Recognizing and Reporting Human Trafficking”

 


Barefoot Mile Walk 

By Sister Rose Ann Barmann, OSB

From Fall Review 2018

 

Walking a mile in bare feet? Yes. Families, teens and seniors joined the Sisters of Benet Hill to walk barefoot and in solidarity with the victims of human trafficking. The purpose of the Barefoot Mile Walk was to raise awareness about the travesty of child sex trafficking locally and globally, and also to raise funds for non-profits working for survivors in El Paso County and beyond.

Participants young and old began the walk with great enthusiasm!

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The event held on Saturday, September 8 at the Don Breese Stadium, Lewis Palmer High School in Monument, CO was sponsored by Benet Hill and School District 38. As 200 participants entered the stadium they were greeted by the Knights of Columbus Councils from Holy Apostles and St. Peter’s parishes. The Knights 

generously provided water, sodas, chips, breakfast and a BBQ lunch (see photo below) as well as monetary contributions. The Knights of Columbus in Colorado have passed a resolution to combat human trafficking. The Barefoot Mile walk raised more than $11,900.00 for nonprofits that serve survivors. 

Knights of Columbus Councils from Holy Apostles and St. Peter’s parishes.

Joy International, founded by Dr. Jeff Brodsky, brought this fundraiser initiative (Barefoot Mile Walk) to the Benet Hill Human Trafficking Task Force in January 2018. Dr. Brodsky’s story began after visiting a garbage dump in Cambodia in 2010 where he encountered many barefoot children gathering food. Realizing these children were potential prey for human trafficking perpetrators, he returned to his hotel that evening, prayed and asked God, “What can I do for these children?” 

As he removed his shoes and socks, he felt compelled to go barefoot in solidarity with the children he had seen at the dump. Dr. Brodsky has gone barefoot for the past eight years as he travels around the world speaking about the horrors of child trafficking and raising funds for his nonprofit, Joy International, and other local nonprofits to prevent human trafficking.