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'Missing and Exploited Children' program Thursday

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news Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

The League of Women Voters Brainerd Lakes (LWVBL) will host a presentation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd Public Library entitled “Missing and Exploited Children in Minnesota.”

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The presenter is Shunu Shrestha, task force coordinator for Human Trafficking in Duluth, a position funded by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. The task force’s mission is to develop a coordinated community response to the trafficking in Duluth.

Shrestha joined Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) in May of 2010 as a trafficking task force coordinator, a collaborative between American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) and PAVSA. In her new role, she coordinates the Duluth Trafficking Task Force, a multidisciplinary team comprised of systems, services providers and civic groups to develop coordinated community response to trafficking. The task force studies the issue of human trafficking and prostitution in Duluth is being funded by the Womens Foundation of Minnesota. Prior to joining PAVSA, Shrestha received her master of arts degree in human rights with a focus on violence against women at Columbia University. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in womens’ studies and English from the College of Saint Catherine. Before coming to the United States in 2003, Shrestha worked in nongovernmental organizations in her native country, Nepal, where she worked to promote women’s rights as human rights and to end violence against women including trafficking of girls and women.

The program is being presented by the LWVBL and is open to the public. The LWVBL is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The league believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.

For information on the local league go to its Facebook page or call Karen Ford at 829-0561.

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