On April 1, Shawnee State University welcomed Dr. Sharon Sullivan, Assoc. Professor at Washburn University who lectured on ‘Human Trafficking in Our Backyard” as its final Women’s History Month event sponsored and organized by the campus Women’s Center.
Sullivan is the co-founder/director of STARS (Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery), the founder of the Kansas Freedom Network, a statewide coalition of people addressing human trafficking in Kansas, Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice, and the Midwest Bureau Chief for the International Public Policy Institute.
The lecture addressed the growing issue of labor trafficking in the United States, including the Portsmouth area, and offered audiences the knowledge and tools necessary to become activists within the community.
Earlier this month, Sullivan gave a presentation that focused on the importance of education to combat human trafficking at the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.