October 31, 2015
This is a free event but you must register for planning purposes.
UCCS Colorado Springs Campus
Berger Hall - Located with UCCS Pedestrian Spine
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
More details to follow.
Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute the 8th annual Human
Please join us as we plan and prepare for our 8th annual Human Trafficking
Symposium at UCCS on 10/31/15.
You may contact Roger Patrizio at 719-634-7347 for more planning and
volunteer information. Thank you.
Human Trafficking Task Force meetings are:
2nd Tuesday of each month
First United Methodist Church
410 N. Nevada
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Use Boulder St. Entrance.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Our guest speaker will be Val Stevenson,
a member of First United Methodist Church ("FUMC") since 1989. During
most of her time at FUMC, Val has been involved in mission and outreach
ministry. She coordinates the "First Stars" Christmas program, which is a
collaboration between local elementary school community liaisons and the
congregation to provide gifts for children of impoverished families. She
coordinates FUMC's "adoption" of North Middle School, partnering with the
school administration to provide school supplies and other items needed
for the students. Val was a member of the FUMC refugee resettlement
ministry, assisting families that relocated to Colorado Springs from
Africa who were fleeing the war in Liberia. Several years ago, Val helped
to establish the Human Justice Ministry ("HJM") at FUMC. The HJM was
formed after several members attended a human trafficking conference and
were shocked to learn that slavery still existed in the world. The main
purpose of the HJM is to raise awareness about human trafficking and to
support and partner with local organizations that aid victims who have
been trafficked and are working to abolish slavery. The HJM began with a
screening of "The Dark Side of Chocolate" and has continued to arrange
screenings of documentaries focused on justice issues. The ministry has
involved the congregation in projects to support Restore Innocence -
donating survivor bags and supporting a girl who was rescued from sex
trafficking. The HJM has organized several speaking events, including two
Freedom Sunday worship services.
Val was born in Florida and moved to Colorado in 1988. She graduated from
the University of Central Florida with a master's degree in accounting and
is currently self-employed. In addition to her involvement in ministry at
FUMC, Val is a member of the BOD for Catholic Charities of Central