The goals of the Summit are three-fold:
1. To raise awareness on Human Trafficking especially in Asia-America context;
2. To help heal and empower survivors of human trafficking;
3. To start conversation towards an “Asiamerica Coalition Against Human Trafficking” drawing from various churches and community organizations.
SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOPS
Keynoting on “What is Human Trafficking?” will be the Rev. Raynald Bonoan, Rector of Holy Spirit Church in Safety Harbor, Florida who, along with celebrated rescuer, Anna Rodriguez of Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, rescued several victims of Human Trafficking.
New York State Senator Jose Peralta will lead government officials in giving remarks while the Rev. Charles Mc Carron of Episcopal Services will speak on behalf of Bishop Lawrence Provenzano of the Diocese of Long island.
DJ Arucan from the Gabriela Women’s Party List of the Philippines will speak on the women’s situation and root causes that lead to trafficking in the Philippines.
Candice Sering, Chair of GABRIELA New York will moderate a Q&A with the panel of trafficking survivors and speakers to highlight the case of the Philippines as one of the top countries of human trafficking and to emphasize the transnational reality of the problem.
GABRIELA is a global activist women’s rights organization working directly to serve the survivors and the families of victims as well as working to effect meaningful legislation in the Philippines.
The Rev. Dr. Fred Vergara and Cris Hilo will coordinate the program and serve as emcees. Other speakers and workshop leaders include:
Ms. Lelanda Lee of the Episcopal Church Executive Commission, who will share about the resolution passed by the TEC General Convention;
Monique Wilson of the “Miss Saigon” Broadway Musical and current Global Director of “One Billion Rising for Justice”, will discuss worldwide efforts for global justice.
Atty. Cristina Godinez and Fr. Julian Jagudilla of St. Francis of Assisi Migrant Center, who will speak on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) Philippines.
The Taiko Drummers from Metropolitan Japanese Ministry (MJM) will conclude the event with “call to mission” drumming.
Workshops include: “Breaking the Chain of Internalized Oppression & Empowering Survivors”; “Building an Asiamerica Coalition Against Human Trafficking Using ABCD Approach”; and “TPS Philippines and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”
Government officials in New York working on the issue of Human Trafficking such as State Senator Jose Peralta, Congresswoman Grace Meng and Councilman Daniel Dromm have been invited to make brief remarks and assist in advocacy.
SCHEDULE OF THE PROGRAM
9:30-10:00 A.M. – Registration and Ushering at St. James Hall & Church Door
10:00 A.M. – Welcome & Opening Prayer – Rev. Dr. Fred Vergara, TEC-EAM Introduction of Representatives: Ms. Cris Hilo, NAFCON
Remarks from the Episcopal Church Executive Council – Ms. Lelanda Lee
Remarks from the Diocese of Long Island –Rev. Charles Mc Carron
Remarks from the UN Commission on the Status of Women –Lynnaia Main
Remarks from the Philippine Ambassador to the UN – Hon. Lebron Cabactulan
Remarks from New York State Senator Jose Peralta and other Officials
10:30 A.M. – Keynote: What is Human Trafficking – The Rev. Raynald Bonoan
11:15 A.M. – Musical Presentation –Bayanihan Cultural Collective
11:30 A.M. – Panel Presentation: Candice Sering, Moderator Panelists : Djay Arucan, Elma Manliguez and Trafficking Survivors
12: 15 NOON – Open Forum ( Q & A) – Candice Sering
12:30 -1:30 P.M. – LUNCH & WORD FROM OTHER SPONSORS
- HEALTHFIRST HEALTH & GIDEON SCIENCES, INC.
- Elmhurst Neighborhood Block Association (ELMNBA)
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS & OTHER LEADERSCOMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
1:30-1:45 P.M. – WORKSHOP ORIENTATION – Zarah Vinola
2:00 – 3:00 P.M. – Workshops in Various Rooms
1: Breaking the Chains of Internalized Oppression – Virtual Classroom (Facilitators: Lelanda Lee with Human Trafficking Survivors)
2. Building Coalition Using ABCD Approach- Choir Room (Facilitators: Fred Vergara, Djay Arucan, Ray Bonoan)
3. TPS Philippines & Immigration Reform – St. James Hall (Facilitators: Atty. Cristina Godinez & Rey Canz)
3:15 P.M. – GROUP REPORTS- St. James Hall – Fr. Fred & Cris Hilo
4:00 P.M. – Concluding Speaker: Monique Wilson
4:30 P.M. – Taiko Drums – Metropolitan Japanese Ministry (MJM)
5:00 P.M. – Closing Prayer – Rev. Noel Bordador
(Note: After the Closing Prayer, there will be a meeting of Organizing Committee, Trafficking Survivors to organize the “Asiamerica Coalition Against Human Trafficking-East Coast USA” from 5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.)
The Rev. Dr. Fred Vergara, Coordinator Ms. Cris Hilo, Assistant Coordinator
Members: Lynnaia Main, Candice Sering, Zarah Vinola, Rev. Noel Bordador, Cristina Hing, Tetchie Mercado, Bob Wong, Elizabeth Mui, Charles Martellaro
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH-Office of Asiamerica Ministries
TEC Office of Government Relations
TEC Office of Global Relations
Episcopal Migrations Ministry (EMM)
NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR FILIPINO CONCERNS (NAFCON)
STJAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Elmhurst, New York
Episcopal Asian Commission of Diocese of Long Island
Episcopal Asiamerica Commission of the Diocese of New York
St. Francis of Assisi Migrant (Catholic) Center, New York
GIILEAD SCIENCES, INC.
Elmhurst Neighborhood Block Association (ELMNBA)
GABRIELA, New York
Anakbayan, New York
Anakbayan New Jersey
New York Asian WomenCenter
Pakistani Noor Alam Memorial Church
Elmhurst Korean Methodist Church