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Trafficking 101 Webinar with Refuge for Women Chicago | March 3, 2022

Did you know, of the estimated 100,000-200,000 people trafficked in America every year, 16,000-25,000 of those are in the greater Chicagoland area?

This quiet crisis is happening in our backyards every single day.

And the abuse must stop.

In an effort to bring awareness and empowerment to our community, MDW is hosting Meredith Hodge, Executive Director of Refuge for Women Chicago to expand our knowledge about sexual exploitation in our cities and how we can work together to stop further trauma towards women and children in this abusive industry.

What to expect during this hour-long webinar:

  • Myths of sex trafficking

  • Characteristics of people who are most vulnerable

  • Reasons why trafficked women stay with abusers

  • How you can help spread awareness to stop the cycle of abuse

Chicagoland-specific stats:

- 15 - the average age of ⅓ of Chicagoland victims trafficked

- 62% of victims are trafficked by age 18

So, who should attend?

Everyone! Teachers, parents, health care providers, business owners, therapists, law enforcement officers, first responders - anyone who comes into contact with individuals who are vulnerable.

Date: March 3, 2022

Time: 7 PM

Place: Virtual Meeting on ZOOM

More about Refuge for Women

Refuge for Women is a non-profit, faith based organization providing specialized long-term housing and emergency housing for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. With multiple locations across the U.S., Refuge for Women offers up to twelve months of safe housing, at no charge to the resident, with around the clock care as clients progress through evidence-based, trauma-informed programming. Refuge for Women strives to help each woman complete the program with a vision for her future, equipped to succeed and sustain a life marked with dignity and hope.

Questions? Email Elizabeth at


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