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Addressing the human trafficking crisis will be the focus of the annual Lakeland University Founders' Day Lecture.

Joan Dawber, founder of LifeWay Network, will deliver a talk entitled "A Modern Response to Modern Day Slavery" on Tuesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's Bradley Theatre. Her talk is free and open to all.

Dawber will present the story of LifeWay Network, an organization working to abolish human trafficking and help every survivor be strong, connected and free.

She will discuss human trafficking globally and in the United States, who it impacts, tactics used by traffickers and red flags people can watch for to prevent, recognize and report trafficking.

Attendees will leave knowing the importance of community and the power of collaboration in this work against the second largest criminal industry in the world.

Dawber has been engaged full time in working to abolish human trafficking for more than a decade. Since she founded LifeWay Network in 2007, her focus as the executive director has been establishing safe housing for human trafficking survivors in the New York area and educating the general public on the important issues regarding modern day slavery.

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