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Events Concerning Human Trafficking

  • March 10, 2020–March 13, 2020

You are invited to join these events on campus.

Tuesday, March 10, 12 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

Human Trafficking: Global and Local Perspectives

Panel moderated by Rachel VerWys, co-creator, Solutions to End Exploitation (SEE)

Human trafficking is a global phenomenon—what’s happening in our own backyard? This panel will discuss the issue from multiple perspectives, including law enforcement and survivor advocacy and how our community can respond to the issue with empathy and practicality.

More information: World Affairs Council of Western Michigan: Great Decisions Global Discussions 2020 (.pdf)
Cost: $10 at the door (Free admission to select partners)
Location: Recital Hall in the Covenant Fine Arts Center, Calvin University
Parking recommended next to the De Vos Communication Building or the Prince Conference Center, with covered access across E. Beltline taking you directly to the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.

Calvin University, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and Spectrum Health presents:

The Hidden Epidemic: Human Trafficking

Join a panel of experts for an informative conversation about human trafficking. 

  • Megan Lineer, MD, Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency program
  • Andrea Rocafort, MSN, RN, CPEN, TCRN, Hospital Supervisor, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Grand Valley State University
  • Nikeidra Battle-DeBarge, Manasseh Project Coordinator, Wedgwood Christian Services; and Executive Director, New Destiny Pathways

You'll learn about: 

  • The epidemic hidden in plain sight 
  • Debunking myths about human trafficking 
  • Risk factors for potential victims and how to identify victims 
  • How local organizations and health care professionals are responding to the crisis

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Michigan State University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cost: This lecture is free and open to the public.
Location: Calvin University Chapel 
Parking is available in Lots 1, 2, and 3

Friday, March 13, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

The Beltline Collaborative presents:

Human Trafficking: The Multiple Roles for Social Workers

Human trafficking is an important human rights and social justice issue, and social workers play a critical role in preventing and addressing it in our communities. Social workers need to be equipped with knowledge about human trafficking, including the types of trafficking and settings in which it takes place. Because social workers practice in various settings, they can address human trafficking in different contexts and at multiple levels. For instance, social workers may serve as first responders, identifying victim-survivors of trafficking and providing supports. Social workers also play an important role in public policy, advocating at various levels to promote policies and practices that adequately prevent and respond to human trafficking.


  • Rachel Venema, PhD, MSW, Social Work Program at Calvin University
  • Rachel VerWys, MSW, Solutions to End Exploitation
  • Melissa Weismann, Solutions to End Exploitation
  • Nikeidra Battle-DeBarge, Manasseh Project, Wedgwood Christian Services
  • Pilar Meyer-Dunning, LMSW, The Salvation Army

Attendees can earn three CE's (pending approval).

Cost: $15 | REGISTER NOW »
Location: Gezon Auditorium
Parking is available in Lots 1, 2, and 3

Registration and refreshments begin at 8:00 a.m.

Questions? Call Bonnie at (616) 526-6229


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