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We complain about a few hours of unpaid overtime. Can we even imagine weeks of forced, unpaid labor...or worse, sex work? And yet slavery is a reality for millions around the world.

How can we be more proactive in standing for justice for those in enslaved in trafficking?

Join us at Tenth Church at 10:00am on June 18 to hear an inspirational presentation from Sylvia Yu Friedman and Matt Friedman. They will be offering a comprehensive update on modern day human slavery. Matt and Sylvia’s talk will explore the changing human trafficking paradigm; the relationship between human trafficking and slavery; global trends and patterns; new, emerging responses; evolving funding trends; what is working/not working; the role of the private sector; and what is really needed to win the fight. 

The presentation will offer a glimpse behind the curtain of this terrible human rights abuse – one that is much closer to home than we might expect.  

Sylvia is a Hong Kong-based award-winning Canadian journalist, TV anchor, documentary producer, book author and advisor to philanthropists. Sylvia is the author of the book Silenced No More: Voices of Comfort Women. She was the winner of the prestigious 2013 International Human Rights Press Award (TV Special Merit) for her series on human trafficking and slavery in China, Hong Kong and Thailand. She is the co-founder of 852 Freedom Campaign, a Hong Kong-based organization that mobilizes schools, churches and professionals to volunteer their time and talents to address modern slavery. Sylvia has managed and directed millions of dollars to humanitarian projects since 2005. She attended Tenth Church while she was living in Vancouver. You can learn more about the 852 Freedom Campaign on their website.

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 25 years of experience as a manager, program designer, evaluator, and front-line responder. Author of 11 books, he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Mekong Club, an organization made up of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia. You can learn more about The Mekong Club on their website.