Human trafficking is the topic of a Community Conversation Thursday, Jan. 4.
Ruth I. E. Buckels, statewide coordinator for Youth and Shelter Services in Ames, will present and lead discussion. She will share Iowa trafficking stories to create awareness and increase safety. She advocates for all Iowa teens to learn about human trafficking and how it is thriving in Iowa.
Teens in the AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential) program, which focuses on including teens involved in the human servicesâ€™ foster care programs in decision-making that impacts them, educated Buckels by sharing their stories with her.
Buckels also works with TAHT (Teens Against Human Tafficking), a non-profit organization of teens with a mission to raise awareness in schools about human trafficking.
The Community Conversation is hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church at 801 W. Lincoln Way in Jefferson. A light supper will be served at 5 pm, with the presentation and discussion at 5:30. All are welcome.