Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD. Submitted photo
Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD. Submitted photo

Submitted by Laura Carlson, River Falls United Methodist Church

RIVER FALLS, WI – On Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday April 3, 2019, River Falls United Methodist Church will be hosting two presentations on “Human Trafficking In Wisconsin” by Rachel Monaco-Wilcox. Both presentations will be in the River Falls United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 127 South Second Street, River Falls, Wisconsin.

The Tuesday talk will be at 6:30 p.m. intended for the general pubic (this will be suitable for children), while the Wednesday, April 3 presentation will be at 9:30 a.m. for those who work with youth in their occupations.

Monaco-Wilcox will discuss the myths and misconceptions around labor and sex trafficking in Wisconsin, illuminate the situation in Wisconsin and explain what led her to start the LOTUS (Legal Options for Trafficked and Underserved Survivors) Legal Clinic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Cases of human trafficking have been identified in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Yet most people doubt this, thinking “that can’t be happening here!” If we are in a state of denial, who is helping survivors? Who is working on policies? Who is educating young people about risks? In this talk, Rachel will address the myths and misconceptions around sex trafficking in Wisconsin, illuminate the situation in Wisconsin, and explain what led her to start the LOTUS (Legal Options for Trafficked and Underserved Survivors) legal clinic in 2013. She has ideas for how citizens like you can make a difference.

Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD, is an attorney, teacher, and mediator. Rachel is the CEO and founder of the LOTUS Legal Clinic for victims of crime and human trafficking. She received undergraduate honors degrees in English and Theology from Marquette University, and a law degree cum laude from Marquette University Law School. She received the Wisconsin Association of Mediator’s Presidential Award in 2014, and received THRIVE Award for survivor advocacy from the Aurora Health Care Foundation in 2015

This event is brought to you by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the River Falls United Methodist Church.