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WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON TO FOCUS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Kimberly A. Ritter featured as guest speaker
ST. LOUIS – On Monday, March 25, 2019, the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province (SSNDCP) will explore the issue of human trafficking during their annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon.
Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry that negatively impacts individuals and communities in the United States and throughout the world. Many people are not even aware the problem exists and that it is happening in their local communities. The goal of the Women’s Leadership Luncheon is to attract more attention to the problem and help women become leaders in the fight against trafficking.
The luncheon will feature speaker Kimberly A. Ritter, Director of Development for Exchange Initiative and Senior Account Manager for Nix Conference & Meeting Management. In her work with Exchange Initiative, Ms. Ritter has helped educate, empower and engage individuals and organizations with real resources to help put an end to sex trafficking. One of these resources is TraffickCam, a free app developed by Exchange Initiative that allows users to capture hotel room photos with their phones and upload those photos to a database. The app helps investigators determine where perpetrators of sex trafficking are committing their crimes. Through her talk, “Sex Trafficking: Now That I Know, What Can I Do,” Ms. Ritter will share her experiences combating human trafficking in the hotel/meeting planning industry, demonstrate the TraffickCam app and offer solutions for eliminating trafficking in local communities.
Luncheon attendees will also learn the ways the School Sisters of Notre Dame are helping those affected by human trafficking and the steps they are taking to end it. Local resources will be available to help trafficked victims escape their situations, receive counseling and shelter, and move forward with their lives.
The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River City Casino Event Center located at 777 River City Casino Blvd. in St. Louis. The luncheon is free but registration is required. Those interested in attending the luncheon may register at www.ssndcp.org/wllstl through March 15, 2019.
About the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province
The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province is part of an international community of women religious whose mission is to proclaim the good news, directing their entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. They continue the sacred work of their foundress, Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, to transform the world through education, giving special emphasis to the women, young people and those who are poor.