Human trafficking experts to speak in Malibu

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Malibu filmmaker Chelo Alvarez-Stehle is producing a transmedia project that combines a documentary film and a computer game to educate young people about the dangers of human trafficking. Alvarez-Stehle previewed her documentary at a Freedom Road Project Malibu event in May. 

Freedom Road Project Malibu, a local organization that works to end human trafficking, continues its speaker series Wednesday with an evening of awareness featuring a panel of human trafficking experts.

Kathleen Kim, a Loyola Law School professor, Elizabeth Collier, a volunteer with Oasis, and Alondra Suarez, an International Rescue Committee employee, will speak at the Malibu United Methodist Church on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Kim teaches Immigration Law and Human Trafficking at Loyola Law School. She is the co-director of the Anti-Trafficking Litigation Assistance and Support Team and an appointee to the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery.

Collier volunteers with Oasis, an organization that works with local communities to educate and create “Traffick-Free Communities (TFC).” The group is “committed to working in an inclusive, integrated, empowering and comprehensive way so that all people may experience wholeness and fullness of life,” according to their website.

Suarez coordinates the volunteer and intern programs for the International Rescue Committee in Los Angeles, an international humanitarian agency that assists refugee and immigrant populations. The IRC helps immigrants rebuild their lives and teaches awareness about how consumers can change their role in the human trafficking cycle.

A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. A $20 donation is suggested to assist with future Freedom Road Project Malibu events.

For more information, call 301.342.7340 or email FreedomRoadProjectMalibu@gmail.com.

Freedom Road Project Malibu is an organization that “aspires to end human trafficking through awareness, education and prevention.” It hosts a monthly speaker series.