The Grace Farms Foundation announced its upcoming public panel, ‘A Framework for Freedom,’ which will discuss the critical role that public-private partnerships play in eradicating modern day slavery. The free event will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Grace Farms property, which is located at 365 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan.
Hosted during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the event will address the importance of collaboration between organizations and local and federal law enforcement in preventing, investigating and prosecuting human trafficking crimes. The foundation’s Rod Khattabi, who is its chief accountability officer, and Justice Initiative director, and Alina Reynolds, who is its general counsel, and senior adviser to its Justice Initiative, will be joined by Lt. Terry Blake of the Norwalk Police Department, and Donna Hubbard, who is a human trafficking survivor.
“It is vital that organizations like ours work in tandem with law enforcement agencies to provide the knowledge, resources, and tools necessary to effectively investigate human trafficking,” said Khattabi. “Collaborative efforts that educate the public, and simultaneously support both local and global law enforcement strengthen our ability to fight this crime and increase the likelihood that one day we’ll live in a world without it,” she said.
The foundation’s Justice Initiative works to eradicate the multi-billion-dollar industry of human trafficking, and forced labor through training, policy, and advocacy. With this interdisciplinary approach, the foundation develops comprehensive strategies and partnerships designed to disrupt and combat all forms of modern slavery.
Registration for the event is required. More information about the event may be found at gracefarms.org/calendar.