Upcoming Events

We would like to invite you to come to any of the following events.
They take place throughout the Lehigh Valley and are open to everyone.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Seminar and Mini Panel

Exploitation/Child Safety
March 29th 2018,
5:00 PM
This is an hour long presentation at the VAST office. Facilitator will utilize resources and video materials to educate the audience on exploitation, dating red flags, and online child safety. The audience will be provided with resources on how to educate children on this topic and tips to improve child online safety.

Understanding Sex Buyers
April 26th, 2018
5:00 PM
This is a 30 minute presentation based on a report about statistics related to buyers of sex versus those that do not purchase sex. This presentation aims to educate the community on the role that sex buyers play in the continued existence of prostitution/trafficking. Sex Buyers are an important part of the “demand” of trafficking that is often over-looked but should be discussed.

#iamvast Community Gathering
May 5th, 2018
2 – 4:00 PM

Human Trafficking & the Law
May 31st, 2018
5:00 PM
This is an hour long presentation at the VAST office. A member of law enforcement as well as a lawyer will come in as guest speakers to discuss the legal side of trafficking and what occurs after a victim is brought into custody, trial stories, etc. Utilize resources from Shae Rhodes.

Survivor Story
September 27th, 2018
5:00 PM
This is an hour long presentation which will begin with a facilitator sharing myths and assumptions related to trafficking. Following this, a survivor leader will share her story with an audience. An interactive discussion to follow debunking those myths and what the audience learned from the story.

Community Call to Action
October 25th, 2018
5:00 PM
This is a 30 minute presentation reviewing a community member’s response. Presentation will review trafficking indicators, what to do if you come across a suspected victim or trafficker, how to report a tip, who to contact, and what happens when you do report a tip. Resources will be shared with the audience by providing them with documentation/contact information such as hotline number, Blue campaign, HEAL, VAST, Truth Home etc. Participants will better understand what VAST does and how to go from Awareness to Action- by addressing demand, creating awareness, fundraising, and hosting awareness gatherings.

All lectures to take place at VAST offices:
4620 Hamilton Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18103

Annual Survivor Retreat
*Opportunities to give and volunteer*
September 21-23, 2018
More details to come!

Annual Trauma-informed Community Support
October 27, 2018
More details to come!

 

Check back soon for more information on VAST events & happenings.