Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Friday, 16 May 2014

#SCHIAVITÙ #IMPATTO #ITALIA Conference on Human Trafficking

Tomorrow evening from 7.30pm there will be an amazing conference organized by
Vite Trasformate in Nuova Vita Church.

Vite Trasformate – Transformed Lives 
(from freedom to transformation) is a gospel-centered ministry to reach those trapped in prostitution in Italy. 
Many thousands of women are on the sidewalks in Italy every single night, most 
of them are victims of human trafficking.

The goal is to inform and challenge Christians and churches to the # Impatto (Impact) we are called to have in # Italia (Italy) facing the plague of # Schiavitù (Modern day Slavery).
The Conference will take the form of a presentation / panel discussion on the topic of human trafficking in our society with three main speakers:

Dr. Beth Wheaton, Professor of Economics and Senior Lecturer Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
Beth holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Temple University, and an M.S. in International Business and Trade from Grambling
State University. Beth is a researcher on the subjects of child labor,
the economics of human trafficking, and the economics of capital punishment.

Dr. Beth Wheaton is most vocal about the fact that you don't need a title, unlimited time or abundant money to change the world.

Charles Lamento, Lawyer and Senior Law Lecturer Anglo-American University Law Faculty, Prague.
Charles is an accomplished lawyer devoted to legislative lawyering and the formation of public policy, with an exceptional background in handling legal issues that affect the international business community.
He is a solicitor in England & Wales and licensed to practice law in the United States and Director of GHNI’s Criminal Law Policy Center in Geneva Switzerland and senior law lecturer at Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Anne Abok, born in Nigeria, is the director at Media Village Africa in Cape Town, that equips Christians in new media. Anne and her husband also founded Media Village in Nigeria. In addition to teaching and serving as a missionary, Anne is a film producer, screenwriter and editor who uses media, like her film 'Europe in my Heart', to educate and advocate around social issues like human trafficking and prostitution. Anne is the International Director of MeCAHT (Media Campaign Against Human Trafficking) and one of the founders of The Treasure Project 
(a ministry to people caught in prostitution and trafficking).


One of the question asked to the panel will be about # bringbackourgirls the 273 School girls  kidnapped on April 15th from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram Terrorists in Nigeria: "Can you tell us more about the situation with the more than 250 Nigerian girls who were stolen a few weeks ago? We know they were taken as sex slaves. What is the national and international community doing about this?"

As Impatto A Budrio, we strongly support this ministry in Bologna, Italy and Europe, and we are so thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to help them in a small way. Indeed we'll appreciate your prayers for Stefano as he will do simultaneous translation for the panel interviews.