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Human Trafficking: Efforts in Maine To Combat Trafficking for Forced Labor or Sexual Exploitation


This month, as part of a major initiative, Preble Street opens a new Healing Center for human trafficking survivors. We’ll learn about forced labor and sexual exploitation in Maine and efforts to combat it.

Jean Bruggeman, executive director, Freedom Network USA
Julie Kselman, social worker; director of anti-trafficking services, Preble Street
Melissa A. Brennan, supervising attorney, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

VIP Callers:
Kara Barnies, rural program manager, Safe Voices
Kate Sternsluce, program director, CourageLives - a branch of St. Andre Home

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.