This is a note we received today from Angela Mathers, Graduate Assistant in the NDSU Office of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach. Sounds like a powerful presentation.
A speaker that is close to my heart will be coming to NDSU; please
distribute this information freely and widely. I want to ensure that he
is welcomed warmly to NDSU. Please let me know if you have any
questions. This event would be great for students to attend; I encourage
you to invite them and/or offer extra credit for their attendance.
Life-long ND citizen and Human Rights Activist
Founder of ITEMP (Institute for Trafficked, Exploited, and Missing
Persons) and The God’s Child Project
Growing up in Bismarck, ND, Patrick Atkinson led a life very similar to
an average ND resident. What he’s accomplished in his life thus far,
however, is enough to inspire anyone to commit themselves to the
advancement of human rights.
Spend an evening with a man that has personally witnessed, and
committed his life to ending, forced slavery, human trafficking, poverty
and other atrocities. The recipient of numerous awards, honors, and
recognitions, Patrick, is truly a man of honor who has devoted his life
to the betterment of others.
Patrick will be speaking about ITEMP, which is an institute that seeks
to bring awareness to the plight of trafficked, exploited, and missing
persons. Slavery is a part of our history, but never disappeared;
instead it has taken a different form. An increase in world population
and global traveling, as well as rapid social and economic changes have
made moving people around the world easier, but have also changed
slavery into a different form – human trafficking. Today, human
trafficking is the third largest criminal industry in the world. It is
also the fastest growing.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Admission is free, but donations of outdoor toys (jump ropes, soccer
balls, etc) and new or gently used children’s clothing are
encouraged. A free-will donation will also be taken.
For more information about ITEMP, please go here:
Office of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach