Register Now for October 12 Human Trafficking Forum at The Conference Center at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach
Posted by Century 21 Thomas Blogger | Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The General Federation of Womens Clubs (GFWC) North Myrtle Beach Womans Club, in collaboration with the City of North Myrtle Beach, City of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, Horry County Government, McLeod Seacoast, Elliott Realty, WPDE TV 15, and the North Myrtle Beach Times, invites the public to participate in a Community Forum on Human Trafficking onWednesday, October 12, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at The Conference Center at Barefoot Resort, 2250 Premier ResortsBoulevard, North Myrtle Beach.

The purpose of the forum is to raise awareness of human trafficking and its devastating effects on our communities. Forum discussion topics will include:
  • How people are targeted and held against their will
  • Who the victims are, and how to recognize them
  •  The kind of help needed by people who have been trafficked physically and mentally
  • A review of cases in South Carolina, what the Federal and State laws are, the difficulties law enforcement face, success stories
  • Community resources and gaps

 South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is the key note speaker.

Other speakers include Carrie Fisher-Sherald, Assistant US Attorney, Department of Justice; Robyn Causey, Horry Georgetown Technical College Professor; and Jennifer Coaxum, Law Enforcement TrainerUSC School ofLaw.

An afternoon panel discussion will include Experiencesfrom the Frontline with representatives from Sea Haven, Inc., Doors of Freedom, Myrtle Beach Immigration and Law Enforcement, and the Eastern Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

North Myrtle Beach Womans Club Chairperson-Elect and Forum Chairperson Kowena Suckstorf said, After hearing Attorney General Alan Wilson speak at our GFWC state convention last year, the North Myrtle Beach Womans Club wanted to make others more aware about what is going on in our state and our communitiesregarding human trafficking. It is frightening. We have been surprised by the interest in this forum and we are overwhelmed by the support shown from area governments, whoare probably encountering this issue more than we realize. If we make the commitment to educate ourselves about human trafficking, we can better prepare ourselves to stand up to this sort of crime.

The public is encouraged to attend this forum. The $15 registration fee includes a boxed lunch. Register online at

Those who want to continue to learn more about human trafficking after the October 12 forum can participate in an October 18, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. workshop at the Myrtle Beach Education Center, 79thAvenue North, Myrtle Beach. The North Myrtle Beach Womans Club has partnered with Coastal Carolina Universitys Division of Academic & Community Outreach to offer the follow-up workshop. The workshop will continue the focus on human trafficking through readings, case studies, and discussion. Persons who attend both the October 12 forum and the October 18 workshop may be eligible to receive onecontinuing education credit (CEU).

For more information, contact Kowena Suckstorf at 843-399-6950 or email

GFWC North Myrtle Beach Womans Club Community Forum: Human Trafficking
October 12, 2016
Forum Schedule

Welcome and Introductions

10am-11am                                        Alan Wilson, South Carolina Attorney General

11am-12pm                                        Robyn Causey, Assistant Chair and Professor at Horry
Georgetown Technical College

12pm-1pm                                          Lunch (with some video presentations)

1pm-1:45pm                                       Carrie Fisher-Sherald, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Department of Justice

1:45pm-2:15pm                                  Jennifer Coaxum, Law Enforcement Trainer with Childrens
Law Center at USC School of Law

2:15pm-2:30pm                                  Break; set up for panel

2:30pm-3:50pm                                  Panel: Christina Jackson with Sea Haven, Inc.

Founder and Board Member, Andrea Wind and also Board
Member Detective Heidi Jackson, Lighthouse for Life

Sharon Rikard, Doors to Freedom

Peter Woods, Myrtle Beach Police Officer

NMB Dept of Public Safety/Law Enforcement representative

Kelly ONeill-Bagwell:  President of Eastern Carolina Coalition
Against Human Trafficking

Donusia Lipinski, Immigration Attorney

3:50pm -4pm                                      Wrap Up

About the North Myrtle Beach Womans Club

GFWC North Myrtle Beach Womans Club is a large, active General Federation of Womans Clubs charitable organizationthat has been active in North Myrtle Beach since 1974. The group is a service organization and raises funds eachyear to aid charities supporting women, children, and youth. To learn more about the club visit its web site at

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