'Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery' lecture planned at Seton Hill

| Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sister Anne Victory, HM, education coordinator for the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking, will present "Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery" 7 p.m. Thursdayat Cecilian Hall in the Administration Building on the Seton Hill University hilltop campus, Greensburg.

The program is part of the Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture Series, a joint project of the Sisters of Charity and Seton Hill University. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 724-836-0406, ext. 613 or visit www.scsh.org.

"Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery" describes the complex reality of human trafficking as a major global and very local human rights issue. Attendees will learn about victims and traffickers, methods used to lure individuals into this criminal activity, and current federal and state legislation regarding human trafficking. Participants will be invited to reflect upon the implications of human trafficking and how these influence their daily lives. They will explore a variety of possible actions that can be taken to address this crime.

An expert on the pervasive, growing problem of human trafficking in cities, Sister Anne spent 32 years as a clinician, educator, and administrator in nursing and served as director of staff education and vice president of mission at Community Health Partners in Lorain, Ohio (now named Mercy). She completed eight years as a member of the leadership team for the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in 2009.

Since the founding of the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking in 2007, Sister Anne has served on the steering committee for the organization. She graduated from Saint John College in Cleveland, Ohio, as a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She received a master of science degree in nursing from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and has done postgraduate studies at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, "Working with Groups."

Sister Anne raises awareness on human trafficking with a wide variety of audiences.

The Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture Series is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and Seton Hill University in order to support the Catholic identity of Seton Hill University; engage the Sisters of Charity and Seton Hill University in learning and dialogue on timely topics of social and environmental justice with global impact; and develop an understanding of Catholic social teachings and how they pertain to this dialogue.

Sister Mary Schmidt, SC, served as president of Seton Hill from 1971 through 1977. She also taught in the English department at the university for more than 20 years and served as executive vice president and the director of alumnae relations.

A coeducational Catholic university, Seton Hill embraces students of all faiths and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs. Seton Hill, founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1885, offers students the benefit of a long history of educational excellence in the liberal arts. As a national leader in incorporating mobile technologies into teaching and learning, Seton Hill also supplies graduates with the skills they need to adapt to whatever careers they choose -- even those that have yet to be created.

For more information on Seton Hill's academic programs, technology initiatives and ground-breaking centers, please visit www.setonhill.edu or call 1-800-826-6234.

The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill is an international apostolic congregation of women religious who serve in five countries, 11 United States dioceses and three United States archdioceses. The Sisters of Charity minister primarily in the areas of education, health care, pastoral care, and social services. For additional information about the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and their ministries, visit www.scsh.org.

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