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Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo
Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Join us in a fascinating program as Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo speaks about the practice of human trafficking locally. In addition, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will present an artifact and story from the 1870s. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the International Institute of Buffalo, even today, in the twenty-first century, and even here, in Western New York, there are slaves. Every day and everywhere there are people who have been tricked or forced to leave their homes and then find themselves in jobs where they are paid little or nothing, held captive, unable to be self-sufficient, abused and exploited. These people are modern-day slaves. They are victims of human trafficking, the exploitation of people for others’ financial profit. They escape or are rescued often with nothing but the clothes on their back.

As part of the program, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will exhibit a related artifact from the museum’s collections; a medal presented to Arcade, NY-native Col. Charles O. Shepard by the King of Portugal in 1876. The medal, which was accessioned into the collection via a donation from Shepard himself, was bestowed to acknowledge his efforts in thwarting trafficking of Chinese people from Portugal to Peru in 1872.

The program is free for museum members, and free with museum admission for the general public ($7 adults, $5 seniors/students w/ID). Join us to learn more about human trafficking in Western New York, indicators of this hidden crime to look out for, how the Institute supports survivors, and what you can to help.

Since 2007, International Institute of Buffalo has served over 200 victims of human trafficking by providing some or all of the following services: crisis intervention; safe, confidential shelter; safety planning; interpretation/translation; food, clothing, and other basic necessities; links to medical assistance, legal support, English classes, and mental health counseling; advocacy in the criminal justice system, with law enforcement, and the U.S. benefits system; and finding permanent housing, furnishings, and employment stability.

WHAT: Program about Human Trafficking, with speaker Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo, and artifacts/historical element from the Historical Society’s collection, by Walter Mayer.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court, corner of Elmwood Ave.

HOW MUCH: FREE for museum members, free with museum admission for the general public ($7 adults, $5 seniors/students w/ID).

INFO: buffalohistory.org, 873-9644, x311

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