The blue lights were installed on Monday ahead of Human Trafficking Awareness Day and before the free Virtual Long Island Human Trafficking Conference being hosted by The Safe Center LI scheduled for Jan. 21.
“Human Trafficking is an issue that is actively going on in our own backyards,” said Keith Scott, director of education at The Safe Center LI. “The first step in eradicating this issue is to gain knowledge on how to recognize the signs of trafficking. The Safe Center applauds the efforts of the Town of Huntington for taking a stance against Human Trafficking. We look forward to partnering with the Town of Huntington to host upcoming virtual awareness events on how to recognize trafficking.”
More information and registration for the free Virtual Long Island Human Trafficking Conference can be found on The Safe Center LI website.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud, or coercion is used to compel someone to perform labor, services, or commercial sex, the Town of Huntington stated. It affects all populations and economic classes. The Defense Department continues to raise awareness and do its part to end this crime.
The Safe Center is a Bethpage-based nonprofit organization that provides free, confidential, and comprehensive services for victims of abuse and assault and their non-offending family members — children, women, men, elderly, LGBTQIA+. Its education department presents educational training and programs in both Nassau and Suffolk counties on topics of abuse and neglect for children, teens, college-aged students, parents, professionals, and other concerned adults.
The Safe Center LI lists its mission as “To protect, assist and empower victims of family violence and sexual assault while challenging and changing social systems that tolerate and perpetuate abuse.”