Staring Slavery in the Face: Libya & Beyond to be Hosted at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center January 31

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Staring Slavery in the Face: Libya & Beyond to be Hosted at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center January 31

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Will Jones
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STARING SLAVERY IN THE FACE: LIBYA & BEYOND to be hosted at the
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center January 31
Lisa Kristine to Keynote Modern Day Slavery Symposium
CINCINNATI, OH (January 5, 2018) –The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host STARING SLAVERY IN THE FACE: IN LIBYA & BEYOND on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. followed by a keynote and reception. This modern day slavery symposium, taking place during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, will address the recent coverage of the slave trade occurring in Libya, where CNN correspondents captured disturbing video footage of people being sold in slave auctions. Tickets for the symposium are $20 and include admission to the museum, the keynote and evening reception. Registration is required.

“The Ohio River is symbolic to the quest for freedom, and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center serves as a hub to enlighten our community about the threats to inclusiveness derived from silence and turning a blind eye,” says City of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

STARING SLAVERY IN THE FACE: IN LIBYA & BEYOND is in partnership with the I AM Campaign, a trans-local campaign that combats modern day slavery by promoting awareness, advocacy and aftercare. This modern day slavery symposium will feature special panel and roundtable discussions addressing current work being done to combat slavery globally – and locally – as well as how to get involved, followed by a closing keynote by world-renowned humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine.

“We are honored to welcome Lisa back to Cincinnati,” says Lara Green, Initiative Manager of Modern Day Slavery at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “This symposium will challenge, inform and inspire attendees to take action in the ongoing fight for freedom – not just during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month – but every day. We all have a role to play in ending slavery and no action is too small.”

Kristine’s traveling photography exhibit ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery was displayed at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in 2016 and was recognized for exhibit of the year by the Ohio Museums Association.

“Having been a part of growing coalitions to combat modern day slavery around the world, it is especially exciting to be back here in Cincinnati where our work started,” says Ronnie Matthew Harris of the I AM Campaign.

The STARING SLAVERY IN THE FACE: LIBYA AND BEYOND symposium will be at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and includes museum admission.

For more information about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org

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