Discussion on human trafficking offered

First Congregational United Church of Christ will host a Saturday morning discussion seminar on Human Trafficking: Living Life Together, Bringing Hope and Healing Hearts. The program runs from 9:30 a.m.-noon and will be led by Jo (McLain) Getzinger and Cheryl Knight, authors of “The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in a Community Setting.”

The free program is open to the public. Human trafficking, which includes both coerced labor and forced prostitution, leaves lives devastated. It is not easy for children and women to escape a human trafficking situation, and when they do, it takes a caring community to assist that recovery.

Getzinger, who grew up in First Congregational UCC where her mother, Joyce McLain, is still a member, and Knight, are both counselors in the field of mental health and they run CARE, Inc. in Baldwin. In their work, they have encountered some of the most devastating problems endured by human beings – childhood sexual abuse, ritualistic abuse and human trafficking.

Recovery from such trauma takes more than traditional counseling, and the two will share their insights. Two trafficking survivors also will tell their personal stories.