FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 23, 2010 Contact: Tonya Strong-Charles 216.397.1958 tstrong@jcu.edu

***MEDIA ALERT***

Theresa Flores
Author, The Slave Across the Street
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7 p.m. D.J. Lombardo Student Center/ LSC Conference Room
WHO:
Theresa Flores was coerced into sexual servitude when she was 15 years old after she was raped by a classmate and blackmailed with photos of that rape. For two years, Flores was forced to sneak out of her house at night to be raped, abused, drugged and sold to others by a large, underground sex trafficking business. She kept this secret life of abuse to herself, fearing for her family’s safety. Flores escaped when her family relocated to Connecticut for her father’s career. Flores currently lives in Central Ohio. She has been a licensed social worker for almost 20 years and is the Director of Awareness and Training at Gracehaven, a long-term rehabilitation facility providing shelter and security to girls under the age of 18 who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Flores received her master’s degree in counseling education from the University of Dayton as a human development specialist. She is featured by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum in a traveling exhibit entitled, Invisible Slavery. Flores lectures internationally on human trafficking, multi-cultural and parenting issues.

WHAT:

This lecture by Theresa Flores will center on human trafficking, or modern-day slavery. It is reported to be the second fastest growing crime in the world and is worth an estimated $32 billion per year, according to the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. In December 2010, Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law an anti-human trafficking bill that now makes human trafficking a second-degree felony offense. Ohio joins 43 other states that have already established anti-trafficking measures.

WHEN: WHERE:

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7 p.m. John Carroll University 20700 North Park Boulevard University Heights, OH D.J. Lombardo Student Center, LSC Conference Room

CONTACT:

Raven DeVoll 216.397.3076; rdevoll@jcu.edu ###

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