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Human Trafficking in Monroe County

The League of Women Voters of NYS and the League of Women Voters of the United States both have positions against human trafficking. (You can learn more about human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking of minors on our Sexual Exploitation of Minors page.) Our work in combating human trafficking includes our participation in the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

The Monroe County Safe Harbour Program released two videos to spread an important message about the sex trafficking of children in our community - yes, there is sex trafficking in our community.

You can help protect our young people by attending the Breaking the Links event when modern-day abolitionist Matt Friedman and his two teenage sons bring their anti-human trafficking message to Rochester on July 29. Please urge young people to attend. For more information, click here. Click here for the flyer.

The United Nations has declared July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. For more information, click here.


The League is a nonpartisan, political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is NOT limited to women — men can join in the fight as well.

LWV-RMA exhibited its efforts for encouraging citizen participation in government and advocacy in mid-June.

League registered voters at the Juneteenth celebration on June 14th at the Susan B. Anthony Square Park.

LWV-RMA Co-President Mary Hussong-Kallen, VP Sheila Abeling, U.S. President Lincoln, and LWV-RMA VP Katherine Smith pose after Mr. Lincoln filled out a postcard in support of the WEA – he was already registered to vote.

The League was part of the AAUW-led rally on June 16, 2014, which demanded a vote on the Women's Equality Act before the NYS Senate adjourns at the end of the week. LWV-RMA VP Katherine Smith was one of the speakers and Co-Presidents Gloria S. Read and Mary Hussong-Kallen, VP Sheila Abeling, and member Mary Myers also attended the rally.

Speakers included Director of ABW (Alternatives for Battered Women) (in green shirt), Barbara LeSavoy of SUNY Brockport Women’s Studies Dept (pink shirt), Katherine Smith of LWV-RMA (in blue), Town of Brighton Supervisor Bill Moehle, AAUW President Marilyn Tedeschi (white shirt)


The League operates on three levels - local, state, and national. A member of the League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area is also a member of the League of Women Voters of New York and the League of Women Voters of the United States. Four of our members attended the LWVUS Convention in Dallas.

Ellen DeGregorio (standing, 4th from left), Georgia DeGregorio (standing, front row center, in blue/green), Gloria Read (standing, front row, two to the right of Georgia), Elaine Schmidt (standing, front row, next to Gloria)

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