We hear about it. We read about it. But it can't be happening in our area can it? Yes it can! Human trafficking and sexual exploitation is a hot button issue that is not going away anytime soon. This session will provide you with the basic info on the who, what, when, where and why of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. More importantly, participants will leave with practical information to take home and transfer to their congregations. Sven and Brady will share research from their professional work on the subject and provide info on what the local church can do to make a strong difference on this ugly subject. Lutheran Child and Family Services has the only program in the state of Indiana that specifically address this topic among teenage girls.
Presenters: Brady Gurganious & Sven Schumacher
Brady Gurganious works as the Spiritual Life Leader of Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) in Indianapolis, IN. LCFS provides residential mental health treatment for children ages 8-18 and a group home for boys ages 16-21. Brady is a commissioned minster (DCE) of the LCMS. He graduated from Concordia University - Nebraska in 2000. His service to the church has taken him from Healdsburg, CA to Baltimore, MD and back to the crossroads of America. He is the proud husband of Lark (Palmer) and father to Noah, Miriam, Ruth and Ezra.
Sven Schumacher was born in Germany. For twenty years he has provided leadership at Lutheran Child and Family Services. He holds degrees from Butler, Indiana and Catholic Universities. Sven is passionate about the plight of abused and neglected children. As an advocate for these children, he loves to be their voice in our Lutheran churches.