Martin Methodist Hosts Human Trafficking Lecture

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PULASKI, Tenn. – In coordination with Human Trafficking Awareness month, Martin Methodist College ’s (MMC) Criminal Justice Department is honored to host a lecture by Hope for Justice, a global nonprofit dedicated to combatting human trafficking.

Spearheading this lecture is MMC Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Richard Schoeberl. Along with over 20 years of terrorism and law enforcement experience, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Counterterrorism Center, Dr. Schoeberl, the US team leader for Hope for Justice, has years of experience in working to stop human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is a hidden crime affecting 40.3 million people globally and an illicit business grossing $150 billion dollars annually,” said Schoeberl. “The first step is to identify victims so they can be rescued and help bring their perpetrators to justice. Awareness training is key in victim identification, and Martin Methodist College is privileged to welcome Hope for Justice to campus. Hope for Justice offers in-depth human trafficking awareness, training professionals and those likely to come in contact with potential victims to help increase attention, educating the public about the indicators of human trafficking.”

Guest speakers that evening include victims of human trafficking and investigators who have worked to bring justice to victims of what is considered modern-day slavery.

The lecture will be on January 28, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Gault Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free, and the community is encouraged to attend. Due to the content, this lecture may not be suitable for children.

Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music, and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing. Still changing lives after 150 years.