Victims of human trafficking come in all ages and backgrounds. However, those living in extreme poverty and in nations without an enforced system of law are at greater risk of exploitation.

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In recognition of this national event, Lift Up the Vulnerable (LUV) and the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) are excited to host an evening of networking and information on the ways poverty makes people more vulnerable to exploitation, and share how LUVs model helps to prevent trafficking in warzones.  


Understanding the correlation between extreme poverty and human trafficking will engage leaders of INGOs not only think about how their work can prevent risks, but also help their donors understand another layer of the realities of extreme poverty and why supporting their mission has numerous effects towards empowerment of vulnerable populations. 


In this interactive lecture, the presenter, Sasha Nicolle, will discuss: 

  • How and why poverty and corruption increase the risks of being exploited 
  • What forms of trafficking are most prevalent in developing nations 
  • What leaders of international NGOs can do to mitigate these risks


This lecture would be valuable for any current or aspiring leaders of international NGOs who work to empower people from the global south.   


This in-person gathering will be hosted at The Red Sea in Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, Jan. 18th from 6:30-8:30pm. There is no cost to attend, but we encourage you to purchase some authentic Ethiopian cuisine and support a local African-owned business. Please invite anyone you think would appreciate learning more about the topic and LUVs work.