Human Trafficking Headlines Cluster IV Event, Hosted by PFWUMC

Posted on August 19, 2017.

On August 19, the PFW United Methodist Women hosted the Baltimore-Washington Conference Washington East District’s Cluster IV gathering, “A Call to Community.”  The keynote speaker was human trafficking expert D. Michael Lyles, Esquire, who is Executive Director of the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission.  


Nearly 50 women turned out for the event, where Lyles gave a detailed presentation of efforts to prevent human trafficking in P.G. county, in addition to providing services for trafficking victims.  “It was eye opening to hear about everything the county is doing to address this major issue,” said UMW President Sandra Matthews.  “We also learned how we can be observant citizens, and what to do if we suspect someone is being trafficked.”


The event also included an exhibit area, which provided information on other pressing issues, such as climate justice, domestic violence, mass incarceration, and UMW mission projects.  


Cluster IV Methodist churches include:  Asbury, Brookfield/Immanuel, Clinton, Corkran Memorial, Faith, Grace, New Hope Fellowship, Providence-Fort Washington, and St. Paul of Oxon Hill.