Three Non-Profits Join Forces to End Human Trafficking: May 11th Fund-Raiser and Dance Party to be Held at University Club of Winter Park

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Releasing Chains, Florida Abolitionist and The Lifeboat Project, all IRS-registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, will be sponsoring a party with both exhibition and couples dancing with vintage attire at Winter Park's prestigious University Club on May 11th. In addition to music and dancing, the evening will include a Silent Auction with thousands of dollars of donated items, desserts provided by 4Rivers Smokehouse and Tolla's Italian Restaurant and a cash bar.

The prestigious University Club of Winter Park will play host on May 11th to a dance and Silent Auction to raise funds to abate "human trafficking," a plague which afflicts tens of millions of people worldwide who are ensnared in this illegal activity. Sponsored by Releasing Chains, Florida Abolitionist and The Lifeboat Project -- all IRS-registered charities -- the three organizations are all dedicated to the eradication of the scourge of human trafficking, which afflicts virtually every community around the world.

Defined as the "trade in humans," most commonly for sexual slavery, forced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues, human trafficking is the second-largest criminal activity on a global scale -- representing $32 billion in international trade and second only to the drug trade in the scale of illegal activities.

Often associated with third-world or under-developed nations, Orlando-area law enforcement officials routinely call on organizations such as Releasing Chains, Florida Abolitionist and The Lifeboat Project to assist in providing a safe haven, mental health counseling and other services for those fortunate enough to be rescued from this abominable form of modern-day slavery. Of the estimated 27 million people enslaved globally, over 10% are subjected to this abuse in the United States and benefit from the services and support provided by non-governmental organizations such as the three sponsors of the event held in Winter Park, Florida.

In addition to supporting the efforts of law enforcement officials, the three sponsoring NGOs use 100% of the funds raised to educate citizens, increase awareness of these illicit activities and to provide lay people with the ability to identify the signs of human trafficking so that the appropriate agencies and officials are engaged to "extract" victims from this plight.

Forced labor and underage prostitution are hiding in plain sight in cities all over the U.S. and are no longer problems confined to the developing world, according to United States Attorney General Eric Holder. In a major speech on human trafficking, Holder said far too many reports of abuse cross his desk each week, more than 40 percent of them involving children. "I think about my girls Maya and Brooke, and I wonder about the parents of these girls I read about — what must they be feeling, what must they be wondering? Sometimes they don't know where their daughters are," Holder said. "In this country and under this administration, human trafficking will not be tolerated," Holder said, "and that a zero tolerance, one-strike approach has taken hold I don't think could be more clear."

For more information regarding becoming involved in activities to eliminate human trafficking, providing aid to the rescued victims or to provide financial support for these efforts, contact any of the organizations sponsoring the May 11th event to make tax-deductible donations or to explore the various forms of personal involvement:

Leslie Gavin Devitt, Ph.D.        
Releasing Chains, Inc.            

Tomas J. Lares
Florida Abolitionist

Jill Bolander Cohen
The Lifeboat Project, Inc.

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