‘Human Trafficking: Hidden in Plain Sight’

Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, affirming fundamental freedoms and human rights for all people.

The day also commemorates the 25th annual recognition of Human Rights Day by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission.

The commission will host an informational forum, Human Trafficking: Hidden in Plain Sighton Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library Auditorium, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

The forum will focus on the impacts human trafficking has on Hampton Roads and how the community can be an advocate for ending it. Partners from the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force will attend to provide valuable resources and information, according to a news release from the city.

The Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission advocates for the human rights of city residents by providing educational programming, public forums and assistance to those whose rights may have been violated, according to the news release.

For more information, call 757-385-1158.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.