FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2020
PULASKI, Tenn. – In coordination with Human Trafficking Awareness month, Martin Methodist College’s (now the University of Tennessee Southern) Criminal Justice Department is honored to host a lecture by Hope for Justice, a global nonprofit dedicated to combatting human trafficking.
Spearheading this lecture is UTS (formerly MMC) Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Richard Schoeberl. Along with over 20 years of terrorism and law enforcement experience, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Counterterrorism Center, Dr. Schoeberl, the US team leader for Hope for Justice, has years of experience in working to stop human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is a hidden crime affecting 40.3 million people globally and an illicit business grossing $150 billion dollars annually,” said Schoeberl. “The first step is to identify victims so they can be rescued and help bring their perpetrators to justice. Awareness training is key in victim identification, and Martin Methodist College is privileged to welcome Hope for Justice to campus. Hope for Justice offers in-depth human trafficking awareness, training professionals and those likely to come in contact with potential victims to help increase attention, educating the public about the indicators of human trafficking.”
Guest speakers that evening include victims of human trafficking and investigators who have worked to bring justice to victims of what is considered modern day slavery.
The lecture will be on January 28, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the Gault Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free, and the community is encouraged to attend. Due to the content, this lecture may not be suitable for children.
The University of Tennessee Southern, formerly Martin Methodist College, is the newest member of the University of Tennessee System. Founded in 1870 , UTS offers (number of degrees) associate, baccalaureate and graduate degrees. UTS is located on an historic campus in Pulaski, among the beautiful rolling hills of southern Middle Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Southern is convenient to both Nashville (70 miles north) and Huntsville, Alabama (40 miles south).
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