It has been a harrowing week for the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Demonstrations around the country have highlighted the unrest our nation feels, particularly our black community members who have been fighting to dismantle systemic racism for far too long. LCHT Leadership Development Program Alumni (‘16) Heather Brydie Harris poignantly shared her lived experience and reflections on Monday:
Today the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking wants to state clearly and unambiguously that Black Lives Matter. As Dr. King reminded us, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In this moment, we must acknowledge how our privilege and complacency has failed the necessary work to address this racial injustice, and diminished our dreams to end other injustices like human trafficking. We must do better.
At LCHT, we have seen the realities of overlapping discriminations which disproportionately impact people of color and amplify conditions for exploitation. We know that effective anti-trafficking action is directly tied to safer communities for all, not just some. During this time, we are striving to learn how the human rights work we are involved in can counter racial injustice more clearly. We invite you to join us in that discovery.
A Few Reflections and Resources From Our Team
We want to leave you with a few thoughts from our staff and co-founders about how they’ve felt this week, their hopes for what comes next, and a few resources that have helped them navigate this time.
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